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Publisher's Summary

This standalone novel is another fine example of the wonderful, zany humor of P. G. Wodehouse.

Imperious American widow Beatrice Chavender is visiting her sister's country home near London when a most unfortunate thing happens: She takes a bite of inferior ham while having her breakfast. Soon everyone around her is suffering the consequences - her sister, her brother-in-law, the butler, poor Sally, Sally's fiancé, and even Mrs. Chavender's ex-fiancé, "Ham King" J. B. Duff.

Don't miss this wild romp from the acknowledged master of British humor.

©1940 P. G. Wodehouse. © renewed 1968 by P. G. Wodehouse (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Hilarious!

I kept pausing and going back to play chunks ofthe story to my husband and son. They will eventually get used to hearing apparently random laughter while I'm listening. Vance does a terrific job narrating, making sure to pretty much deadpan all the funny bits so you get them for yourself, and Wodehouse is just as funny here as with Bertie and Jeeves!

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One of Wodehouse’s Very Best

“‘J. B.,’ said Joss, ‘would you care to be torn limb from limb?’
Mr. Duff had begun to feel alarmed. He had never heard of a staff artist assaulting his employer, but everything has to have a beginning and Joss, he knew, had an original mind and would not allow himself to be deterred by mere lack of precedent.”

If that strikes you as funny, then you’ll love this book. And Simon Vance’s impeccable performance of it.

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Silly Lark from the Past

I guess there were some people in some distant past who enjoyed this kind of story. It remains a mystery who these people were and why they liked it. I imagine the author was trying to write a humorous story, or wrote this quickly out of immediate financial need, or lost a bet or something.

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Dry humor at it's best

If you remember that once upon a time, we could laugh at one another without being "canceled", and know the difference between tounge-in-cheek and meanness, then this a delightful way to spend a few hours. And for once, no one confused the word SECRET-ED (to hide something) and SECRETE-ED (to emit/secrete a substance) which has happened in about 15 Audible recordings and counting. it was funny the first time, i.e. " Annabel SECRETE-D (emphasis on the second syllable as in *to emit or discharge*) the book in her pocket ", when it should have been read as SECRET-ED, as in *to hide*. But now it's ubiquitous and just annoys me constantly, ruining the moment and he story when I have to yell at the narrator. I'll keep mentioning it in all my reviews, but I fear the damage is done.

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Stuffy AND Hilarious

This is a comedy of errors beginning at a breakfast of wealthy Brits, including butlers, valets and groomsmen, and ending with several engagements. Everything goes wrong for quite some time. The author has a very funny way of expressing himself that kept me laughing out loud. A gem!

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Totally entertaining!

This book is like a jolly romp where everything gets all entangled and sorts itself out at the end. Wonderful funny characters; excellent narration by Simon Vance.

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I almost gave up but decided to stick with the ham and got the hang of it!

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This was hilarious!

The narrator brought out all the quickness and humor of the story. It had me laughing out loud...the brilliance of the author's mind really came through. Wish it had been longer!

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Silly story

I really liked the book. I like silly. The narrator is very good with all the voices.