Indiscretions of Archie
It wasn't Archie's fault really. It's true he went to America and fell in love with Lucille, the daughter of a millionaire hotel proprietor and if he did marry her--well, what else was there to do?
From his point of view, the whole thing was a thoroughly good egg; but Mr. Brewster, his father-in-law, thought differently, Archie had neither money nor occupation, which was distasteful in the eyes of the industrious Mr. Brewster; but the real bar was the fact that he had once adversely criticised one of his hotels.
Archie does his best to heal the breach; but, being something of an ass, genus priceless, he finds it almost beyond his powers to placate "the man-eating fish" whom Providence has given him as a father-in-law. (Summary from the Gutenberg text)
(9 hr 8 min)
Not nearly as clever as the Jeeves books.
I loved Wodehouse's Jeeves books and I love listening to Mark Nelson, but I only made it about 1/4th of the way thru. The incidents seem moronic and dialog (internal & external) isn't cleverly funny like in Jeeves, which prompted me to try this one. I haven't laughed once. Man agrees to house stolen snake in his hotel room & snake escapes, etc. Perhaps this book invented it, don't know, but it's been so over done that I find it unfunny, even painful. If I return to finish this book, I'll revise as warranted.
great book, great reader
who better to read my favorite comedic writer than favorite comedic reader. Mark is a STITCH! even makes the standard "this is a Librivox recording. .." statement entertaining. Such a silly guy. The book is P.G. WODEHOUSE. There isn't more to say. The man is hilarious!
P.G. Wodehouse is a perennial favorite of mine and this one kept me chortling throughout. The innocent misadventures Archie has on his own are entertaining enough, but in the chapters where he's paired with his father-in-law, or even just trying to do something on his behalf, that's where the brilliance truly shines through. Some of Wodehouse's writing in this book represent some of his best talent -- particularly chapter 22 ("Washy Steps Into The Hall Of Fame") which I played several times. A highly entertaining yarn throughout the entire book. Librivox volunteer reader, Mark Nelson, did a very good job reading this book :)
Magnificent and all that rot
Count on P.G. Wodehouse to deliver a hilarious entertaining tale! Although on the longer side I never once became bored; both Wodehouse and the narrator kept me thoroughly engrossed. Speaking of the narrator, he did a perfect job! He instills life and humor while retaining clarity in all points of the book. Also, he must have challenged himself to say "This is a Librivox recording etc." in as many tones as possible. It quite tickled me pink, don't you know?
One may consider Archie a buffoon; another may consider him lucky beyond imagination; and another may even consider him brilliant. But, all must admit that he is rompingly entertaining. Mark Nelson outdoes himself with this dramatic reading.
Indiscretions of Archie
The reading was well done I appreciate the readers ability to bring the different characters to life. This is not one of the authors best stories in my mind but still a good listen and a funny story. I did get a bit frustrated by the overuse of slang by the Archie character. to me it made it harder to like him and usually the main person in his books are likeable if slightly different personalities.
Well done, occasional odd southern accent
Mark Nelson is a terrific reader and in a different league than your average LibriVox volunteer. I listened to this one after hearing his excellent rendition of Right Ho, Jeeves. In this one, however, Mr. Nelson's attempt at a British accent for Archie usually sounds more like some type of upper-class southern American dialect. That aside, it's well done. The story itself is a good one, even if it lacks the pluck and caliber of a Jeeves and Wooster tale.
Archie is a well-meaning old bean who loves his wife dearly and would love to feel the same toward his father-in-law. Alas, Archie's FIL hates him, what what. That does not discourage Archie who is determined to fit into his new American family. The book is well-written, funny, and endearing all at once. But, after all, it is a Wodehouse book. :-) Mark Nelson does his usual jolly fine job as reader. Enjoy!