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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (683 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mr. Mulliner Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781482982480
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A private detective who can make the guilty confess simply by smiling at them. An artist so intimidated by his morally impeccable cat that he feels compelled to wear formal attire at dinner. A devotee of Proust whose life is turned upside down when he inadvertently subscribes to a correspondence course on “How to Acquire Complete Self-Confidence and an Iron Will.” These are just a few of the many members of the eccentric Mulliner clan whose lives and exploits are laid before the regulars of the Angler’s Rest by that doyen of raconteurs, Mr. Mulliner, in a series of tall stories in which lunacy and comic exuberance reign supreme.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wodehouse’s expert storytelling and portraits of sneakery, humiliation, and redemption are unwaveringly brilliant…Wodehouse’s delightful descriptions tickle and tease through his acute mastery of language.”

    Uncultured Critic

  • “[P. G. Wodehouse] is known for numerous popular stories and novels about his whimsical upper-class characters: the Honorable Bertie Wooster, Psmith, Mr. Mulliner; Jeeves, the valet, and assorted peers. Much of the humor stems from the idle gentleman. The books contain fantasy, affectionate satire, and the absurd comic situations of farce. The style is very elaborate, full of verbal ingenuity, mock pomposity, and unexpected slang.”

    The Reader’s Encyclopedia

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/20/2014

    " An excellent collection of short stories. I especially liked 'Best Seller.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elham | 2/19/2014

    " Wodehouse can make snooty, old, British men seem like hoots. What ho, British humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 2/14/2014

    " The joy is not necessarily in the stories, though they are fine morsels, but more in the brilliant use of language. Pip pip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priyanka | 2/12/2014

    " Liked 3 out of 9 stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pablo Guero | 2/5/2014

    " Hilarious! The plotting is as tight as O'Henry or Maupassant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/1/2014

    " Mulliner Nights! In those Mulliner Hills! She was lookin' so right... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/16/2014

    " I adore the Mulliner stories, almost as much as I love the Egg, Bean & Grumpet stories. "The Smile That Wins" is one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/31/2013

    " Excellent collection of short stories. Wodehouse is a comedic genius for combining pithy sophistication with fantastical stories. Love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 10/8/2013

    " These stories don't seem nearly as clever as the other Wodehouse ones I've read, possibly because each story only had about 25 pages to get things going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/10/2013

    " I don't like the Mulliner stories as much as the Jeeves (obviously) or Blandings stories, but they do in a pinch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 9/5/2013

    " I loved this - I remember watching the TV show with Fry and Laurie as a child, knowing that my dad read all of these books when he was young. I don't live in the UK anymore, and reading these stories gave me a sense of familiarity dripping with humor, 'tradition' and ridiculosity! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 8/20/2013

    " Loved this book; it's great to get bite-sized Wodehouse chunks when life and time seem limited. Wodehouse is his ever-lovely self, and the wit and charm run through right to the last story. Keep feeling like I want to go back and harvest it for about a million fantastic quotations! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 X | 7/30/2013

    " Nothing deep here, but it was a fun collection of stories (my favorite being "Best Seller" which had such a sweet, happy ending!) and was nicely written and nicely British as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 7/21/2013

    " This book was a lovely light hearted read. Some of the stories made me laugh so hard I embarrassed myself in front of strangers. The two stories about Webster the dignified cat who goes downhill were my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Walter | 7/16/2013

    " This is Wodehouse close to his best. The best of the stories are actually funnier than anything else of his I've read. I'd give it 5 stars, but a few of the stories fell a bit flat, so overall it's not quite as perfect as the best of the Jeeves and Wooster books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 7/4/2013

    " Mulliner Nights is an ok read, I'd say. The book lacks the verbal high-jinks of the Bertie/Jeeves books, and without the extraterrestrial banter of those two, these stories are just ur-Berties, and a bit formulaic at that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas van Oudtshoorn | 7/4/2013

    " The Muliner short stories rank amongst my favourite Wodehouse fare! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda Wilson | 6/20/2013

    " This is 4 stars *for a P.G. Wodehouse book*; it is 5 stars by any other rating system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 6/18/2013

    " One of the greatest prose writers in the English language. He makes every word ring. (And he's hilarious.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Issy | 6/10/2013

    " Oh hugh laurie I miss your young british self. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaima | 5/28/2013

    " An absolute favorite. Probably my most favorite book so far. The language and spirit of this book are of a wonderful, sublime nature. Like a piece of lemon cake melting in your mouth on a summer night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita Dix-McLaughlin | 5/22/2013

    " Entertaining books, not always politically correct in light of today's sensitivities, but never the less entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mskarla | 2/15/2013

    " PG Wodehouse is a comic genius. He is in a class by himself. If this man doesn't make you laugh, it's very likely that nobody can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 neverbereplaced | 9/15/2012

    " the story is quite interesting, but it is not really my cup of tea. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 8/15/2012

    " A collection of short stories. I love the ones with the bishop's cat, Webster, whose whole outlook on life has been changed by alcohol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Tuley | 6/2/2012

    " All the Mulliners are irresistible. "

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About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre– and post–World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cecil (1939–2011) was a vastly experienced actor, appearing at Shakespeare’s Globe as well as in such West End productions as The Importance of Being Earnest, The Seagull, and The Bed before Yesterday. He toured in The Incomparable Max, Twelfth Night, and An Ideal Husband, while among his considerable television and film appearances were The Rector’s Wife, Just William, Murder Most Horrid, and As You Like It.