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Summer Lightning

Written by: P. G. Wodehouse
Narrated by: John Wells
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Blandings Castle is bathed in mellow sunlight, but for some of its inhabitants the storm clouds are forming.

Ronnie Fish desperately needs a plan of action. Engaged to delightful chorus girl Sue Brown, Ronnie must persuade his uncle (and trustee) Lord Emsworth to hand over a large chunk of capital before they can marry. Meanwhile waspish Lady Constance Keeble is marshalling her forces to stop her brother Galahad causing panic among the aristocracy by publishing the tale of his misspent youth.

Between them, they stir up mischief and mayhem involving the sensational theft of a prize-winning pig, a conscience-stricken butler and a scheming sleuth, and on-again, off-again love affairs.

Once again it all proves too much for the Efficient Baxter.

©2011 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • jane
  • 18-04-16

Not good enough to continue listening.

Well, this audiobook proves that a narrator can make or break a story. I am a big fan of Wodehouse and I feel like I would have enjoyed this novel, but now I can't even bring myself to read the book because I keep hearing the narrator's version, pedantic and difficult. Listening to this took more effort than it took for the narrator to read it.

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  • Nora G. O'Donnell
  • 30-06-19

Too hilarious

It is Monty Python without the visuals. John Wells’ voices for the characters are perfect.

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  • Mark Kettlewell
  • 18-05-19

Great Story but frustrating performance

I'm giving up on the story halfway through because the performance is so irritating. The narrator narration is unnatural and soporific. He makes a great try at voice acting but overdoes it to the point that it sounds totally contrived and sometimes difficult to understand. Lord Emsworth, after listening to previous books in the Blandings series, all of a sudden sounds like a woman - as do a couple of other men. It is not that John Wells is incapable of male voices, he does them well. But applying women's voices to men and overdoing the accents creates the uncanny valley that is so off-putting and leading me to return the book halfway in.

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  • LMertz
  • 01-01-17

Best Narrator Ever!

Another wacky Wodhouse story with a resourceful butler, bullying aunts, and clueless young blue bloods trying to marry. This narrator John Wells is a master of comedic voices, making me laugh out loud as much at his inflections, accents, and characterizations as at Wodehouse's witticisms and plot twists. Lots of fun.

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  • Karen R. Coultas
  • 08-05-16

Narration is wonderful!

This story is very similar to another about "The emperess of Blandings Castle", but the narration is excellent! Very enjoyable

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  • Kathryn
  • 07-05-16

Lightning strikes again thanks to Wodehouse!

Galahad's memoirs are the big threat and the big draw of this story. You need to get through the first few chapters where the characters are introduced to be able to fully enjoy the plot in full swing. Well worth the time at the front end for the marvelous pay off from the middle to the end.

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  • schiff
  • 29-01-16

John Wells Gives a Fantastic Play

Story is your classic Wodehouse noblesse chikanry at its best - what makes this production rise above others is John Wells' peerless performance - double excellent and simply delicious!

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  • Martin
  • 29-06-12

Painfully Funny

In an earlier review I described Jonathan Cecil as the best Wodehouse narrator, but John Wells is every bit as good in Summer Lightning, sadly the only one he has recorded, as far as I know. Every character is perfect and this is Wodehouse at his best, side-splitting.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 20-07-16

Hurrah for Galahad!

This Blandings Castle story is a sunlit delight from beginning to end. The narration is good but it is really the excellent writing of Wodehouse himself that is the star here. It is great to listen to on a warm Summer's day or in the depths of winter when you need to be cheered up. A complete tonic.

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  • Quilter
  • 23-05-19

Summer Lightning

PGW is a genius as any fule kno.

What sets this version apart is the variety and aptness of the voices that John Wells brings to the characterisation. Best Wodehouse narrator I have found so far.

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  • Steve Brown
  • 26-09-18

Vintage Wodehouse

Wodehouse's writing sometimes reminds me of a cappuccino. Underneath the froth of hysterical plot lines and playfully exaggerated characters lies a stiff shot of serious expresso. And in Summer Lightning there is real pathos and emotional depth. Brilliantly read by Wells, the characters come to life in 3-D, despite their stereotypical origins.

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  • Arnfinn Rong
  • 02-08-18

THE BEST WODEHOUSE BOOK! JOHN WELLS IS WONDERFUL!

The best Wodehouse book after Leave It To Psmith and Right-Ho, Jeeves. John Wells is WONDERFUL! HE SHOULD READ ALL BLANDINGS BOOKS!

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  • Guy Arnold
  • 14-11-17

Excellent story excellent reader

Pgw is always a joy. This is an old favourite story and is very well read. Unmitigated joy!

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  • Robin Bjerke
  • 03-03-17

amazing reader!

The narrator of this book is absolutely perfect for the characters and it was a joy to listen to. extremely funny!

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  • Richard Irwin
  • 15-11-16

Loved story, not performance

Shame about the baying hyenas and limp colourless gels, what?! Over the top, shame on you.

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  • Rita
  • 02-03-19

A cleverly written story

If you like good English, an unpredictable story and comedy this is a book for you. Just brilliant!