Summary

Uncle Fred is one of the hottest earls who ever donned a coronet. Or as he crisply puts it, 'There are no limits, literally none, to what I can achieve in the springtime.'
Even so, his gifts are stretched to the limit when he is urged by Lord Emsworth to save his prize pig, the Empress of Blandings, from the enforced slimming cure of the haughty Duke of Dunstable. Pongo Twistleton knows his debonair but wild uncle shouldn't really be allowed at large - especially when disguised as a brain surgeon. He fears the worst. And in yet another brilliant novel by the master of English comedy, Pongo will soon find his fears are amply justified.
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"Hilarious....Jonathan Cecil succeeds all around, reading expressively and slowly....Immensely enjoyable listening." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 13-04-13

Had me laughing out loud!

Firstly I have to mention that I love all things Wodehouse. Uncle Fred in the Springtime is in fact one of my favourite Wodehouse books. I am guessing that most people who download this audio book will likewise be Wodehouse fans, so I don't have to mention the intricate plot, and indeed plots within plots, and general pig stealing shenanigans, all of this will be familiar territory to the legions of loyal fans. What I must say is terrific though, is the narration by Jonathan Cecil. He is perfect! He really becomes all those characters and his voice is somehow so completely suited to what he is reading. I look forward to downloading all the Wodehouse novels that Jonathan Cecil has narrated.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Slim Chances on 14-11-17

A complete joy...

The witty prose and eccentric characters of Wodehouse brought to life in a wonderful reading by Jonathan Cecil. Guaranteed to spread sweetness and light!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia Marino on 01-02-10

Perfection

Hilarious book, wonderful reading, great sound quality.

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By John on 19-12-12

Zulu warriors. Private Detectives. Looney Uncles.

Uncle Fred is one of Wodehouse's most engaging characters. Uncle Fred in the Springtime is one of his best books. And Jonathan Cecil's performance is does full justice to them both.

First, there is Cecil's ability to give each character a distinctive (and appropriate) vocal portrayal. Then there is his consistency in those portrayals. Add his ability to get every nuance out of every line and you have a full hand.

But wait, there's more. This is simply one of the best books in the Wodehouse canon. Start with a plot so tangled it may take a few listens to get it fixed in your mind (fear not; this is a story and a reading that gets better with every hearing). Add those various situations--from a Zulu warrior wedged into a phone booth to a spot of indoor artillery practice--that could only happen in the world according to Wodehouse. And to top it all off, there's Uncle Fred, his jumpy nephew Pongo and the lovely, lissom Polly Pott, crashing the exclusive gates of Blandings Castle posing as...

Well, you'll just have to listen.

Added goose: unlike some of the Wodehouse offered by Audible, this recording is crystal clear.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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