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Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Monty Bodkin Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781620642948
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Things on board the RMS Atlantic are terribly, terribly complicated. Monty Bodkin loves Gertrude, who thinks he likes Lotus Blossom, a starlet who definitely adores Ambrose, who thinks that she has a thing for his brother, Reggie, who is struck by Mabel Spence, sister-in-law of Ikey Llewellyn (movie mogul, Ambrose’s prospective employer, and reluctant smuggler), but hasn’t the means to marry her. With the well-meaning but unhelpful ship’s steward, Albert Peasemarch, and a toy mouse with a screw-top head thrown in for good measure, it will, indeed, take the luck of the Bodkins to sort it all out.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/17/2014

    " Aboard the RMS Atlantic en route from Southampton to New York, lovers quarrels and misunderstandings abound. The affable Monty Bodkin is engaged to honest, kind-hearted Gertrude but she suspects he likes actress Lotus Blossom who is quite smitten with Ambrose Tennyson, whose trouble-making brother Reggie has just fallen head over heel for Mabel, sister-in-law of American movie mogul Ivor Llewellyn, who is desperate to avoid smuggling a necklace through Customs for his wife. As Monty says, there are "wheels within wheels" and meddlesome ship steward Albert Peasemarch isn't helping! A madcap adventure employing Wodehouse's trademark humor, tangled storylines, and delightfully quick-witted British dialogue. No one puts as much meaning into the words "oh" and "what" as Wodehouse! Highly entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 2/8/2014

    " LOVE Wodehouse, and this one made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/28/2014

    " Entertaining. Full of amusing situations and witty lines. Pure pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/25/2014

    " Not bad but equally not one of his best. Dialogue was the best aspect- characterisation a bit one dimensional "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/20/2014

    " "I don't suppose he makes enough out of a novel to keep a midget in doughnuts for a week. Not a really healthy midget." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenine | 1/20/2014

    " Hijinks on a transatlantic crossing. Excellent sick bed reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abs007 | 1/19/2014

    " Usual high standard from PG. Complicated love lives and ship board shenanigans ahoy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vamsee | 1/19/2014

    " Wodehouse at his absolute best...the man never fails to brighton up ur mood, using simple situation and amazing language to represent everyday characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/8/2014

    " I'm going to go out on a limb here and rank Luck of the Bodkins as my third favorite Wodehouse novel, just below Leave it to Psmith and Code of the Woosters. It's the longest Wodehouse book I've read yet and probably has the most twists. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 1/7/2014

    " Another of my favorite Wodehouse books. This was actually the first one I read that got me hooked. "Wheels within wheels..." as far as the plot goes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rickeclectic | 12/16/2013

    " A somewhat derivative story, similar in some ways to other better Wodehouse, but a good read nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 12/14/2013

    " Wodehouse is incomparable. Funny, fuuny, funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/12/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this but did put it down and came back to it a few times. There are some excellent pieces but it does seem a tad overlong, still there's no faulting the writing and plenty of laugh out loud moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/25/2013

    " Not out of the top drawer of PGW but maybe the next one down. Amiable young drone Monty Bodkin sets sail on the SS Atlantic and his love life becomes bewilderingly complicated until ship steward Albert Peasemarsh comes to the rescue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 9/30/2013

    " I like books about sea voyages. I don't know why. And I like Wodehouse, because he's funny. Everything goes wrong in the Wodehouse world, but by the end of the book, everything is right again. It's a comforting, if unrealistic, worldview. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 8/17/2013

    " Contains fretful porpentines and the Yeoman's Wedding Song. Definitely five-star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 8/15/2013

    " Loved it. Best best style of writing, made me laugh loads :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aamir | 8/13/2013

    " One of the best Wodehouse novels. 8 wonderful characters and the plot moves through all 8 of them like a breeze. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roshni | 8/8/2013

    " Instead of following Lord Emsworth or Bertie Wooster, Wodehouse follows the hilarious romantic adventures on board a ship "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 5/11/2013

    " Like candy that is secretly good for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lamorna | 2/17/2013

    " I want to be both Lotus Blossom and Mabel Spence. That's it. That's my review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keir | 1/13/2013

    " I laughed considerably and found it difficult to put down. This is standard Wodehouse reading behaviour. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirk | 12/25/2012

    " Englishmen's oceanic "adventure" enroute to marriage and Hollywood. Overwhelmingly witty, intensely trite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/31/2012

    " Marvelous Wodehouse nonsense - one of his best "

About the Author

Jerry Robbins is an American actor and singer who has performed in more than one hundred stage productions, including an acclaimed portrayal of John Barrymore in William Luces’ play, Barrymore. He has also written and produced forty radio plays with his company, the Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air, winning the Parents Choice Award for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 2001 and an Audio Worlds Golden Headset Award for Little Big Horn in 1999.

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.