Indiscretions of Archie


Read by Mark Nelson

(4.5 stars; 174 reviews)


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)

Chapters

Distressing Scene in a Hotel 7:15 7:15 Read by Mark Nelson
A Shock for Mr. Brewster 10:45 10:45 Read by Mark Nelson
Mr. Brewster Delivers Sentence 13:10 13:10 Read by Mark Nelson
Work Wanted 8:13 8:13 Read by Mark Nelson
Strange Experience of an Artist's Model 19:28 19:28 Read by Mark Nelson
The Bomb 23:44 23:44 Read by Mark Nelson
Mr. Roscoe Sherriff Has an Idea 23:12 23:12 Read by Mark Nelson
A Disturbed Night for Dear Old Squiffy 24:30 24:30 Read by Mark Nelson
A Letter From Parker 21:29 21:29 Read by Mark Nelson
Doing Father a Bit of Good 27:03 27:03 Read by Mark Nelson
Salvatore Chooses the Wrong Moment 14:09 14:09 Read by Mark Nelson
Bright Eyes - And a Fly 24:03 24:03 Read by Mark Nelson
13 Rallying Round Percy 27:50 27:50 Read by Mark Nelson
14 The Sad Case of Looney Biddle 23:26 23:26 Read by Mark Nelson
15 Summer Storms 31:04 31:04 Read by Mark Nelson
16 Archie Accepts a Situation 16:27 16:27 Read by Mark Nelson
17 Brother Bill's Romance 12:11 12:11 Read by Mark Nelson
18 The Sausage Chappie 20:35 20:35 Read by Mark Nelson
19 Reggie Comes To Life 37:29 37:34 Read by Mark Nelson
20 The Sausage Chappie Clicks 19:32 19:32 Read by Mark Nelson
21 The Growing Boy 28:10 28:10 Read by Mark Nelson
22 Washy Steps Into the Hall of Fame 24:40 24:40 Read by Mark Nelson
23 Mother's Knee 22:20 22:20 Read by Mark Nelson
The Melting of Mr. Connolly 22:37 22:37 Read by Mark Nelson
The Wigmore Venus 24:26 24:48 Read by Mark Nelson
A Tale of a Grandfather 20:22 20:22 Read by Mark Nelson

Reviews

Not nearly as clever as the Jeeves books.

(1 stars)

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.

Excellent narrator, lousy book

(3 stars)

I made it about a third of the way through the book, but finally had to stop listening. While the narrator is great, as always, this book is lousy. The first few opening scenes were interesting and quirky, but beyond that it's just mush. The main character is a bumbling idiot who can't get out of his own way, and listening to the dialogue is like watching polenta pour through a colander...

(1 stars)

OK, so I did start it hoping for an entertaining holiday read, narrator as usual was very good, characters and plot for me sadly lacked any content that remotely resembled humour, maybe being British I missed something but I don't think so. I personally don't find stupidity or arrogance funny, but each to his own. 2 chapter's put paid to me even thinking I could finish it.

Brilliant!

(5 stars)

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

(5 stars)

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?

Indiscretions of Archie

(4 stars)

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

(3.5 stars)

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.

Excellent book

(5 stars)

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!