Read by Don W. Jenkins

(4.6 stars; 88 reviews)

Herbert Jenkins' most popular fictional creation was Mr. Joseph Bindle, who first appeared in a humorous novel in 1916 and in a number of sequels. In the preface to the books, T. P. O'Connor said that "Bindle is the greatest Cockney that has come into being through the medium of literature since Dickens wrote Pickwick Papers". The stories are based on the comedic drama of life at work, at home and all the adventures that take place along the way. Bindle leaves a path of good-natured destruction behind him and walks away unscathed every time. He is not above embellishing and loves the joke. He refers to jokes as the anesthetic that allows him to endure the operation of life. When he sets about fixing things, they had better well stay fixed or they'll have him to deal with. Indeed, he is a sort of superhero of the Everyman. Let the hilarity begin! (Summary by Don Jenkins) (6 hr 36 min)


Chapter I The Bindles at Home 25:02 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter II A Nocturnal Adventure 19:42 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter III The Hypnotic Fiasco 15:12 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter IV The Heartys at Home 20:20 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter V Bindle Tries a Change of Work 14:40 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter VI The Hotel Corridor 18:39 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter VII Bindle Commits an Indiscretion 18:02 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter VIII The Great Conspiracy 18:43 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter IX The Temperance Fete 15:58 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter X Mr. Hearty Prays for Bindle 14:33 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XI Mr Hearty Becomes Extremely Unpopular 22:50 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XII Bindle Agrees to Become a Millionaire 15:46 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XIII Oxford's Welcome to Bindle 30:52 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XIV Mr. Hearty Gives a Party 28:06 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XV Bindle and the German Menace 17:21 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XVI The Amateur Detectives 16:53 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XVII Bindle Makes a Mistake 22:52 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XVIII Bindle Assists in an Elopement 24:14 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XIX The Scarlet Horse Coterie 15:14 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XX Millie Leaves Home 16:02 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter XXI Conclusion 5:25 Read by Don W. Jenkins


Great humor

(5 stars)

Wonderful and droll British humor. Not my usual fare, but am glad I decided to listen to something somewhat out of my comfort zone. Try it! You won't be disappointed. Also, Mr. Jenkins gives excellent characterization with his multitude of voices and accents. It sounds like a whole cast reading it instead of one man. Very impressive and well done, sir.

well done

(5 stars)

Took a little bit of getting used to the accent at the start but once I got to grips it became easy to listen to and brilliantly read. Must look for the readers name in more audios.

(4.5 stars)

I actually love Bindle & Mrs B! They're great together but Bindle is also great on his own. Most often he doesn't mean to stir things up unless there's a good reason for it. As an atheist I love seeing a character of this period that thinks religious people are ridiculous! He appears to be a deist, which if you must make yourself believe in a god is the only sane way to be. However, the Bindle books are not offensive to anyone. He just observes & questions people particularly the super believers like his wife. She's hilarious! She's always accusing Bindle of being disgusting or lewd when he isn't. For example, mentioning that someone removed her stockings & saying "baby" around a young lady are somehow lewd to her! While the stories are funny & drag you in the narration really brings the characters to life. I'm so happy that Don's read all of the Bindle books because after hearing 1 I can't imagine anyone else reading it. He's so good!

Well read

(4 stars)

Bindle seems to be a character who has been almost totally forgotten - which is a shame. I find these stories very enjoyable and the reader is excellent. (Some reviewers comment on 'appropriate' accents for stories. These are cockney stories par excellence but our reader has a clear American accent. It makes no difference, so long as the stories and the reader are both - as in this case - good)

I like this story so looked up all of the stories

(5 stars)

Bindle has many misadventures, and fights with his wife, and does just fun things. I LOVED the stories. I am glad to see the three books posted here were all read by the same reader. It lent well to the continuity. Be sure to listen to them in order, and save the best for last. :-)

It all makes sense!

(5 stars)

Reviewer Lori K., is an Atheist! No wonder her reviews are so full of misguided perspectives & she misses the point of literature all together. Even going so far as to spoil books for others by revealing their secrets. Unbelievably selfish & typical of "the type".

I was sad when it ended. A great story well read.

(5 stars)

I had never heard of this author . now in reading his books avidly! Don W Jenkins reads his namesake! good stuff ! A great laugh.I know many Bindle s , lol Many thanks.


(4 stars)

I agree with the previous review - I was doubtful when I first started listening, but the reader's lack of a Cockney accent does not detract from the charm or humor of the stories. He did a great job.