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Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Monty Bodkin Series Release Date: October 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download 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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  • “Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already.”

    - Lynne Truss
  • “It’s dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I’ll risk it with him.” 

    - John Humphrys
  • “For as long as I’m immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it’s possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day.”

    - Marian Keyes
  • “Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists.”

    - Susan Hill

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Chris, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Katie, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - David, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - John, 1/25/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " "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." "

    - Emily, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Jenine, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Abs007, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Vamsee, 1/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Dan, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Gina, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Rickeclectic, 12/16/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Mad_Maudie, 12/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Tom, 12/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Brian, 11/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Melanie, 9/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Kent, 8/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Georgia, 8/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Aamir, 8/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Roshni, 8/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Like candy that is secretly good for you. "

    - Susanne, 5/11/2013
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    " I want to be both Lotus Blossom and Mabel Spence. That's it. That's my review. "

    - Lamorna, 2/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Keir, 1/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Kirk, 12/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Marvelous Wodehouse nonsense - one of his best "

    - Nancy, 10/31/2012

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.