The nine stories are:
* ‘All’s Well with Bingo'
* 'Bingo and the Peke Crisis'
* 'The Editor Regrets'
* 'Sonny Boy'
* 'Anselm Gets His Chance'
* 'Romance at Droitgate Spa'
* 'A Bit of Luck for Mabel'
* 'Buttercup Day' and
* ‘Ukridge and the Old Stepper'.
P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and died on St Valentine’s Day in 1975, only weeks after being knighted. He is most famous for the creation of Jeeves and Wooster, and many of his novels have been recorded as audiobooks, including ‘Thank You, Jeeves' and ‘Blandings Castle'.
If you’ve never dipped a toe into the wonderfully warm waters of Wodehouse’s world, then this collection of nine short stories, recorded as a CD audiobook, is the perfect place to start. Wodehouse is the creator of the literary icon Bertie Wooster, and the author behind the Blandings Castle series. His writing is beautifully British, concisely conveying all the pride, charm and idiosyncrasies of the English upper-classes. However, if you’re expecting a serious exploration of social structure, then be warned - Wodehouse’s books are seriously funny and packed with characters that have set the template for a number of stiff-necked stereotypes.
Many of these stories feature Bingo Little, a childhood friend of the hapless Bertie Wooster. Bingo, living up to his name, develops something of a gambling habit. The trouble is, he’s not that good at it. Fuelled by naïve optimism, he goes from disaster to disaster, until a rare opportunity comes his way…
One of the other notable characters is also hopeless at his chosen profession; something of a handicap when you’re trying to live life as a con-artist. Ukridge blunders through a number of hare-brained schemes, until he meets the like-minded Corky and the infamous ‘Buttercup Day’ scheme is born. These two make a delightful pairing, threatening to rival even Laurel and Hardy for comic adventures.
Put simply, these audiobooks on CD are an absolute treat and a welcome addition to any audiobook collection.