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The house party at Chateau Blissac, Brittany, features a rather odd array of guests this year.

Mr. J. Wellington Gedge is hoping for some peace and quiet while his wife takes herself off for a while. She, however, has invited numerous visitors to the chateau, to whom he will have to play reluctant host. Senator Opal and his daughter are expected, and so is the chateau's handsome owner, Vicomte de Blissac.

When a certain letter goes missing, landing the senator in the proverbial hot water, it's up to Packy Franklyn, a great pal of the vicomte's, to sort out the mess. Unfortunately this involves a little light safecracking.

©2015 Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2015 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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I Always Forget How Funny This One Is

I say “always” because Hot Water has been on my perpetual Wodehouse listening rotation since the days of cassettes and boom boxes. That rotation includes 50-some books, so there’s plenty of time to forget Senator Opal’s description of Blair Eggleston (“you pop-eyed defective”), the bird’s eye view of the Chateau de Blissac (supplied for the benefit of those readers who are not birds) or the many moods of J. Wellington Gedge when under the influence.

If you’re trying to decide between this recording or the one featuring a rather badly drawn bathtub, go for the tub. It’s the same faultless performance by Jonathan Cecil, but the menu contains the 18 chapters Wodehouse intended, not, as here, 145 random fragments.

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Splendid fun

A delightful love story combined with a madcap farce...no, really, it is perfect fun. And again Mr Cecil proves he is the best there is when it comes to voice acting and narrating Wodehouse. Whether as a nefarious safecracker from Chicago, a phony lady’s maid, a French duke, an American senator or even as the senator’s daughter, he makes it all quite believable—or as believable as farce can be. A satisfying resolution, too. What more could one want?

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New characters. Old hijinks

This Wodehouse tale has only one British aristocrat but there's a host of rich as well as some nefarious Americans whose lives intersect in a crazy tale. There are surprises right up to the last chapter. A fun listen.

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hilarious tangled story

a tangled plot with tons of unexpected reverses, mistaken identies and controlling women. worth enjoying multiple times.

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Delightful

I have been a Wodehouse fan for almost 50 years. J. Cecil does an excellent job of reading and giving voices to all the characters.

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Humorous and fun

P. G. Wodehouse is my go-to on stressful days when I need a laugh. And Jonathan Cecil is the perfect narrator.

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Wodehouse is always entertaining

lts great for a chuckle. Delightful writing mixed with the flavor of the 20s.Wodehouse is classic.

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My Favorite Wodehouse So Far

This is the most humorous Wodehouse to me. I enjoyed the perfect balance of characters and the location. It was a very active crowd. Fun!

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Better than I'd have thought

one of my favorite pg wodehouse so far! the accents are perfect, as always with Jonathan Cecil and everything twists in many fun and unexpected ways!

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Hilarious

Such a fun bit of mid 20th century delights. Appreciate P G Wodehouse sense of the ridiculous and ability to surprise at every turn.