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Alan Blair, the hero of Wake Up, Sir!, is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He's very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes. He embarks on a perilous and bizarre road journey, his destination being an artists' colony in Saratoga Springs. There Alan encounters a gorgeous femme fatale who is in possession of the most spectacular nose in the history of noses. Such a nose can only lead to a wild disaster for someone like Alan, and Jeeves tries to help him, but...Well, listen and find out!
©2004 Jonathan Ames; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
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A 2004 Notable Book of the Year (The New York Times Book Review)
"[An] inventive romp. (The New Yorker)
"Ames' tale zips along, brimming with comedy and wild details, proving him to be a winning storyteller and a consummate, albeit exceedingly eccentric, entertainer." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Kathleen on 02-16-08

Too Dark for me!

While this book kept me listening, it was too dark for me. This is a story of a man without hope who learns nothing. As a consequence, the reader who invests time in this book must look for other reasons to stay with it.

I suppose if you were looking for someone more miserable than you might be at the time you are reading this review, this book will strike a chord. Otherwise, I would recommend something lighter.

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By Helena on 03-24-07

Difficult to listen to

I bought this audio some months ago. At the time, the lack of reviews here sent me to amazon.com, where I read some very favorable opinions. The flat tone in which it is narrated, makes it very difficult for one to concentrate on the story and to recognize it's literary value.
I have just finished listening to Bryce Courtanay's "The Potato Factory", narrated by Humphrey Bower: an example of fine narration, that made me aware of how important this feature is in audio books.
I haven't yet been able to listen to much more than 3 hours of "Wake Up, Sir", but I feel it could be very interesting to listen to, if narrated with quality.
Would I have bought this audio book, anyway, if I had known this much? No; but I would have probably bought the book.

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By Darren Hughes on 05-28-16

I could listen to Jonathan Ames read anything

Once again Jonathan Ames has managed to make my commute to work totally bearable.

The story is an interest one but it's the amazing characters and their interplay that make this a great book. From the main character who I think most of us can relate with, to his valet Jeeves who is very much the voice of reason.

Although I enjoyed this story, I think I would purchase an audio book of Jonathan Ames reading the ingredients for lice spray. He has a lovely calming voice and with little tweaks of his voice here and there he creates completely believable characters.

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By Mr P Boardman on 09-03-15

bizarre but entertaining

A nice twist on the old character's. Nothing like woodhouse, but probably better to innovate than imitate.

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By Jenny on 08-23-15

funny

entertaining. poor alan, what a hapless schlub! thank goodness he has the faithful jeeves at his side

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