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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The nearest Wodehouse ever came to a serious story, The Coming of Bill is a fascinating blend of social commentary and light comedy.

Kirk, an impecunious artist of perfect physique, and Ruth, a spoiled heiress, were blissfully happy through their early days of marriage and the birth of their first son. But when Kirk returns from a trip to Colombia to find Ruth under the thumb of her aunt Lora, an advocate of eugenics, parenting philosophies divide them. It takes a series of comic mishaps, featuring a galaxy of vintage Wodehouse characters, to retrieve the family’s happiness from the overbearing aunt.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Splendid.”

    Independent (London)

  • “He exhausts superlatives.”

    Stephen Fry

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/14/2014

    " Classic Wodehouse. Don't pick this up thinking that you're getting Jeeves and Wooster. Their Mutual Child is biting social commentary of early twentieth-century NYC. He slices and dices not just the idle rich, but also the OTT, gun-ho American spirit of the time, and intellectual progressives who saw eugenics as the way to "improve" society. The stereotypes are pretty broad early on, but as reality sinks into his characters' thick heads, they become much more real. Funny and poignant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Chris Callaway | 2/7/2014

    " Surprisingly, a Wodehouse failure. The last half of the book was actually depressing, which made the breezy resolution at the end unbelievable (in a bad way). I've loved every other book I've read by PG, but this one isn't worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob Ladwig | 1/20/2014

    " Wodehouse gives a bit of a rebuttal to the eugenic culture in the form of this comedic story, said to be one of his more serious works. Still very funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephen Osborne | 12/26/2013

    " Certainly not the best Wodehouse. The second half is pretty dreary, and to be honest Ruth doesn't deserve to end up happy, having made such a muck up of her marriage! "

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