Summary

The uncle in question is Frederick Altamount Cornwallis, Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred, an old boy of such a sunny and youthful nature that explosions of sweetness and light detonate all around him (in the course, it must be said, of a plot that involves blackmail, impersonation, knock-out drops, stealing, arrests and potential jewel-smuggling).
This is Wodehouse at his very best, with sundered lovers, explorers, broke publishers and irascible aristocrats all eventually yielding to the magic, ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous touch of Uncle Fred. It is, as Richard Usborne writes, 'a brilliantly sustained rattle of word-perfect dialogue and narrative topping a very complicated and well-controlled plot'.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 01-09-11

So funny you will laugh till you cry

If you have never read a P G Wodehouse before maybe it would be better to go for a Jevees', but if you are a fan then you will love this one. It is classic Wodehouse.Very well read and easy to listern to, in fact it's hard to turn off.It's incredibly funny,and you wont be able to stop laughing.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By julia on 09-08-13

Dynamite indeed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

funny and witty as ever, Wodehouse at his best (again). It never ceases to amaze me that the same basic plots are repeated over and over in Wodehouse and yet they come fresh at you everytime.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favourite?

Cecil can do the english local accents wonderfully, even his women sound plausible

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sarah on 16-02-08

Almost better than Jeeves

It may be heretical to say it, but in my opinion, the Uncle Dynamite character - aka Lord Ickenham, elderly uncle of Pongo Twistleton and one of the more infamous members of the Pelican Club - is as good as, if not better, than Jeeves or Bertie Wooster.

Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks this: in one of the Wodehouse omnibus books I have, it says that the British Wodehouse society voted the short story about Lord Ickenham, Pongo, the suburbs and a parrot Wodehouse's best story ever.

Lord Ickenham as a character - interestingly, though there are books which use the 'Uncle Dynamite' title, he is never referred to by that name in the stories - combines the goofiness of Bertie Wooster with the creative problem-solving genius of Jeeves. This often makes for a more interesting and less-predictable story, which is good, because sometimes the Jeeves stuff starts to seem a little too formulaic.

So whether you're a casual fan of Wodehouse (and have only read Jeeves stories up til now) or a die-hard fan who loves Wodehouse's writing but are tired of Jeeves, this is a good choice.

(In the early 1990s, the BBC produced a radio dramatization also called 'Uncle Dynamite', starring Hugh Grant, which follows roughly the same storyline as this book, though as it was done in six parts of 30 minutes each, some of the superfluous sub-plots were left out. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available for purchase any more, at least in the UK and North America.)

Overall: highly recommended, but only if you've read at least a bit of Wodehouse before and know you like his style.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Shannon on 15-08-05

Delightfully ridiculous

This was my first audiobook and it was a delight. I've long been a fan of the ingeniously, carefully circumscribed silliness that Wodehouse so masterfully pens. Jonathon Cecil's narration adds to the experience. He manages to create recognisably different voices for each of the nine major characters (5 men, 4 women) and his dry delivery matches up nicely with Wodehouse's prose. The story, the usual Wodehouse mismatched lovers theme, with addlepated constable, includes occasional comedic insights into American stereotypes and situations. Wodehouse fans should love this book, and those who love dry British humor will also get quite a few chuckles (and the occasional guffaw.)

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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