Money in the Bank

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: P.G. Wodehouse

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2015

Duration: 7 hours 28 minutes

Summary:

George Uffenham, the eccentric sixth viscount of Uffenham, has just converted the family fortune into diamonds—and stashed them away in a secret hiding place. But as luck would have it, an unfortunate car accident soon thereafter causes him to forget the jewels’ location. In order to recover the gems, he must let out his estate, Shipley Hall, to big game hunter Clarissa Cork and return posing as the butler, Cakebread. Thus disguised, he will have the opportunity to search all the rooms and reclaim his family pile!

In typical Wodehouse fashion, Money in the Bank is a lively narrative full of witty banter, bumbling buffoons, and wild shenanigans.

“Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.”—Evelyn Waugh

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  • Maria J

    The book is wonderful, but this narration actually obscured that fact a bit. I never thought I'd give Simon Vance less than a top rating-- I've heard him on dozens of books, mainly murder mysteries, and he is simply excellent. However, his talents are not suited to reading Wodehouse, and I hate typing that! His delivery is just not theatrical enough. I found myself re-narrating line after line as Jonathan Cecil would've read them-- and line after line, realizing the Cecil delivery would have made them hilarious, rather than merely factual-sounding. Just because a voice actor is British, it doesn't guarantee that he's an apt comic actor-- and Wodehouse requires a special touch which even an experienced comic actor may not possess (and Mr. Vance, while perfect in countless other genres, is not a comic actor). In the absence of that late Wodehouse-narrating genius, I'd love to see Stephen Fry get the assignment to read EVERY non-Cecil-narrated bit of Wodehouse, cost be damned.