Uncle Fred in the Springtime

  • by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by Martin Jarvis
  • 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once again we find ourselves at that idyllic country seat, Blandings. This time it's debonair charmer, Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham (known to most as 'Uncle Fred') who has been lured to the castle by affable Lord Emsworth. His lordship requires an expert in human behaviour to prevent the egg-throwing Duke of Dunstable from stealing Emsworth's treasured pig, Empress of Blandings. The plot's eccentricities naturally include love and romance and, crucially, three imposters. Add to the cocktail some 'Mickey Finn's', a brace of financially embarrassed nephews and a private investigator, 'Mustard Pott'. As the mixture boils there are shot guns in the night time - plus redoubtable Lady Constance, Emsworth's sister, who could halt a cavalry charge merely with her voice. A happy and appropriate ending is of course on the cards.


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Customer Reviews

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For the Woodhouse Nut

This is an okay tale of a beloved character in his 'off stage' existence. The Empress is the centre of an intrigue mixed up with the livelihoods of many a young buck and a fine romp it is. For the Woodhouse afficienado; a casual reader might well be puzzled as understanding of the world inhabited by the players is assumed, rather in the way an episode of a soap only makes sense if you already watch regularly.
Martin Jarvis is an exceptional narrator enlivening anything he touches. Here, his virtuousity is displayed in making a lot of ultra posh men distinctive!!!
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- Patricia Humphrey

Wonderful performance of a classic Wodehouse

What other book might you compare Uncle Fred In The Springtime to, and why?

Nothing compares to Wodehouse. Other Wodehouse books maybe?

What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

Real commitment to the characters. Brilliant voices - like listening to a full cast performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would happily have done so.

Any additional comments?

The last hour and a half of the download is something else (Murder by someone or other) - I didn't listen to it, and it was a real surprise when the book suddenly ended and a new story started. It's not mentioned in the cover blurb so seems to be some sort of mistake (?)

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- Malie Lalor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-11-2008
  • Publisher: CSA Word