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4.51 out of 54.51 out of 54.51 out of 54.51 out of 54.51 out of 5 4.51 (35 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 Uncle Fred Series Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781482983579
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Uncle Fred, or to give him his full title of Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, is considered by some as a splendid gentleman—a sportsman to his fingertips. Mr. Twistleton, nephew to the Earl, and otherwise known as Pongo to his friends, has a differing view. He simply describes his uncle as being loopy to the tonsils. But when the eccentric and well-loved Uncle Fred plays Cupid to Lord Emsworth, his old friend at Blandings Castle, little did he know that he would be known as Impostor A and the Lord’s beloved pig, the Empress, as Impostor B.

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  • This adventure of the suave, but loopy, Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, is hilarious and quite well done…British narrator Jonathan Cecil succeeds all around, reading expressively and slowly…Immensely enjoyable listening.”

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

    " Wodehouse plots actually make me gasp and shriek aloud as especially delicious twists are introduced. I yell at the pages in much the same way my mother yells at the television. And few things satisfy more than watching twelve seemingly random plot threads tie up into one neat bow. Uncle Fred's attempts to spread sweetness and light bring such qualities to my life, even if I'm not the intended target. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnold | 2/2/2014

    " all the uncle Fred books are simply amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 1/30/2014

    " My favorite Wodehouse novel by far. Very comical! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/23/2014

    " A rollicking time with potty uncles, pampered pigs, stately castles, dukes, earls and a couple of commoners. Full of laugh-out-loud stooge-type archaic humor that makes for just a plain ol' fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shameema | 1/15/2014

    " nearly choked last night :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/8/2014

    " This may be my favorite Wodehouse so far--yes, I think I like the irrepressible Uncle Fred even more than Jeeves and Wooster! "

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

    " Hilarious plot set in 1930s England. Wodehouse is one of my very favorite authors--I don't know why they don't make movies out of some of these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Dutcher | 1/7/2014

    " Ran out of Jeeves novels. But Blandings are pretty good too. Somewhere between Jeeves and Psmith if you ask me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebeca | 12/9/2013

    " My first Wodehouse - introduction to comedic genius - life changing. My favorite! **Please note that Kaiser Wilhelm II retired from political view (following his disasterous decline) after WW1 to read Wodehouse.** "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/4/2013

    " What would life be without Wodehouse? It gives one the h.j. to contemplate, if that's the word I want. In the shires of imagination, no citizen does his or her duty quite so delightfully as Uncle Fred. Springtime is the season that Wodehouse brings with him, read whenever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Heimel | 11/30/2013

    " The BES BEST BEST of P.G. Wodehouse's books. Which is saying a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Boots | 11/26/2013

    " A feast of irony. Delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 11/15/2013

    " Well, what can I say? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Wu | 11/12/2013

    " Uncle Fred is my favorite Wodehouse character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Ladwig | 9/22/2013

    " Hilarious tale from P.G. Wodehouse, again involving the Empress of Blandings (The famous pig) and another would be pignapper. "

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

    " The Duke of Dunstable is staying indefinitely at Blandings Castle, bipping gardeners with eggs at every chance he gets. When he informs Lord Emsworth that Empress the pig needs a diet and exercise, the action really begins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lloyd | 6/14/2013

    " The first book-length appearance of Pongo Twistleton's Uncle Fred - the Earl who can't resist pretending to be someone else. Brilliant light humor, in accordance with the conventions of classical New Comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abs007 | 5/24/2013

    " No surprises here. The usual hilarious, upper class shenanigans of various Drones, Uncles, Aunts, personal secretaries and dim nephews. I could easily have given this 5 stars but then I'd have nowhere to go for the Jeeves tales which are my favourites. So call it a 4.5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 3/27/2013

    " An absolute hoot. Possibly the best Wodehouse novel. Laugh-aloud funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 3/16/2013

    " fun, but not his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 1/16/2013

    " In a pantheon of characters that contains Jeeves, Psmith, and Mr. Mulliner, the most brilliant of them all might be Uncle Fred, Lord Ickenham. The usual Wodehouse zaniness, dialed up a notch -- one of his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 5/16/2011

    " I haven't finished it but I already know that I LOVE this book. Makes my stomach hurt from laughing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hrisheekesh | 3/26/2011

    " Wodehouse... as good as ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lloyd | 2/27/2011

    " The first book-length appearance of Pongo Twistleton's Uncle Fred - the Earl who can't resist pretending to be someone else. Brilliant light humor, in accordance with the conventions of classical New Comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/11/2010

    " Hilarious tale from P.G. Wodehouse, again involving the Empress of Blandings (The famous pig) and another would be pignapper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette | 11/24/2010

    " Uncle Fred is great. Wodehouse's characters are so funny and loveable. This time he's added Uncle Fred to his Blandings Castle characters, and the result was the craziest plot yet. I'm looking forward to reading more books with Uncle Fred. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 11/22/2010

    " My favorite Wodehouse novel by far. Very comical! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 11/20/2010

    " Uncle Fred is another one of those characters who probably would be a pain in real life, but is great in a book. I do feel sorry for Pongo, though. The pacing is great, and all sorts of ridiculous things are going on, which makes it a lot of fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 9/23/2010

    " Uncle Fred is my favorite Wodehouse character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 5/10/2010

    " I have a ridiculous love of Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/6/2010

    " Dragged a little bit in the middle, but what's not to love about Uncle Fred? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephine | 3/8/2010

    " Coo! Mistaken identities galore, a stolen pig, romantic entanglements, lords locked in closets. It wasn't my favorite Wodehouse, but still had all the classic elements and well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 2/24/2010

    " A perfect example of why I like Wodehouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kent | 11/20/2009

    " Well, what can I say? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kaitlyn | 11/19/2009

    " As much as I love Bertie and Jeeves, I think Uncle Fred is my favorite Wodehouse character ever. "

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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.