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If you could sum up Uncle Dynamite in three words, what would they be?
Wodehouse Willfully Rushed
What other book might you compare Uncle Dynamite to and why?
Blandings Castle stories, some including Uncle Fred, others Galahad
What three words best describe Jonathan Cecil’s voice?
Rich, flexible, hurried
Who was the most memorable character of Uncle Dynamite and why?
Mugsy, the aging tyrannical father and freeloader
Any additional comments?
Jonathan Cecil has the chops to carry Wodehouse off, but his delivery is oddly rushed in Uncle Dynamite. Part of the sublime charm of Wodehouse is the juxtaposition of the lazy, idling summer days of the feckless rich, with madcap, antic pratfalls and verbal parrying. At once dreamlike and lilting and screwball farce. But for some reason, the editors or Cecil rush one line of dialog after another, almost into an unbroken string, as if a rapid-fire delivery might add to the story. I don't think it does, and robs the tale of its momentum, which, if rendered at a human pace, would have built to a cacophonous crescendo by its culmination. Still, an immensely enjoyable listen, even if not quite reaching the heights.
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What made the experience of listening to Uncle Dynamite the most enjoyable?
Without question, Jonathan Cecil's reading is what makes listening to this story great. It's a fun story (though not quite as great as the Uncle Fred story Cocktail Time), with all of the loopiness and goofiness we expect of a classic Wodehouse story. And Jonathan Cecil's reading makes it shine.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Dynamite?
Without revealing one of the amusing plot twists...at the end of the story, I was delighted as Uncle Fred put Sir Aylmer Bostock in his place.
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favorite?
Jonathan Cecil is one of those rare readers who goes beyond being a good reader and becomes the embodiment of the author's work. Jonathan Cecil's reading of all the characters is excellent, but his portrayal of Uncle Fred is just perfect.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Uncle Dynamite makes me smile, laugh, and guffaw in many places. Uncle Fred is just a treasure as he goes about "spreading sweetness and light", cajoling, threatening, and blackmailing people all in the name of increasing happiness for everyone around him.
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