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Publisher's Summary

The peaceful slumber of the Worcester village of Rudge-in-the-Vale is about to be rudely disrupted. First there's a bitter feud between peppery Colonel Wyvern and the Squire of Rudge Hall, rich but miserly Lester Carmody. Second, that arch-villain Chimp Twist has opened a health farm - and he and Soapy and Dolly Molloy are planning a fake burglary so Lester can diddle his insurance company. After the knockout drops are served, things get a little complicated. But will Lester's nephew John win over his true love, Colonel Wyvern's daughter Pat, and restore tranquility to the idyll? It's a close-run thing. . .
©2009 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By John on 09-26-13

The difference between roberts and Roberts

Coming out in 1928, between the first collection of Mulliner stories and Summer Lightning in the Wodehouse syllabus, Money for Nothing was written plumb spang in the middle of one of the master’s high tides of comic genius. And it shows.

We are offered free translations of what dogs are really saying when they bark, whine or snuffle. An extended lecture on roberts, and a man named Roberts who kept roberts. And our first look at Ronald Overbury Fish, who will soon figure largely in Summer Lightening (1930) and Heavy Weather (1933).

This first edition of the Last of the Fishes is far more self-assured and intelligent than his later avatar, testimony to Wodehouse’s ability to never let what he’d previously written get in the way of a good story—just look at Lord Emsworth who, we are told in the first of the Blandings Castle novels, was born in the 1860’s (Sunset at Blandings came out in 1977). Or Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, who manages to get married in two different books and yet pops up again and again in later stories, still single, broke and living in rented rooms or, more often, on his friend Corkie’s sofa.

Though the classically convoluted plot of Money for Nothing involves criminal deeds and nefarious ne’er-do-wells, it’s all good, clean fun. And as usual Wodehouse also displays his uncanny ability to render an awkward, emotionally complex scene in all its complexity—just listen to John and Pat’s midnight boat ride on the moat. Wodehouse is never all about laughs, nor without some startling insights into human nature. And Jonathan Cecil's sensitive, perfectly modulated reading expresses it all perfectly.

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2 out of 5 stars
By twigs way on 06-04-14

Appalling reading makes it unlistenable

Would you try another book written by P.G. Wodehouse or narrated by Jonathan Cecil?

Yes to the first. I have read a lot of wodehouse although most much more sparkling rhan this. No to the second

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Did not get through it all so cant say it had anything interesting

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Cecil?

Someone less bumbling and less profundo. I know he does other wodehouse but the characterisation was simply awful. The american accents simply irritating

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. And relief that you can ask for a refund!!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Em on 04-03-17


Where does Money for Nothing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well, not in the top 50 percent....

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There are two interesting aspects: first, that the most attractive character is Emily, a Welsh terrier (I'd have welcomed more appearances by her!); second, that possibly for the only time in a Wodehouse story one of the characters has a genuine moment of hate and fury - it was like biting into a meringue and cracking your tooth on a rusty nail.
Less interesting were the book's villains, who were so incompetent as to be fatuous rather than comic.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Many of them! Although he was born in 1939, right at the end of the true era of Bertie Wooster, Mr Mulliner, Freddie Threepwood and co, his family's upper-class background, his Eton education and his own sense of comic timing made him the perfect Wodehouse narrator. As usual he gave his all to Money for Nothing (hence his five star rating), but there were passages that not even he could make really convincing.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't make a film of it!

Any additional comments?

Don't expect too much of it, and you should find It passes the time amiably enough.

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