Audiobook Review: Brewster’s Millions

Audiobook Review: Brewster’s MillionsBrewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 5 hrs, 41 mins
on December 6, 2010
Genres: Humor
Format: Audiobook
Source: Gifted
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three-half-stars

Montgomery Brewster is a man of great potential. Heir to his uncle's fortune, he is a playboy, very much the American equivalent of P.G. Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster. However, unlike Bertie, Monty Brewster has a shrewd intellect behind his shallow exterior. Following his uncle's death, he discovers the old man has bequeathed one million dollars to him . . . or, if he is up to the challenge, he can win 7 million by spending the one million dollar inheritance within the space of a year. When Monty decides to go for the big jackpot, he has to keep his plans a secret from everyone -- even though it may cost him his fiancee and his friends!

I had no idea this was a book! My knowledge of it was limited entirely to the movie starring Richard Pryor. For those of you who have seen the movie, the basic plot is pretty much the same, however, pretty much everything else is pretty different. This probably comes as little surprise, if you know that the novel was published in 1902.

Brewster receives an inheritance of 1 million dollars and is, unsurprisingly, incredibly excited. Then, soon after, he learns that he is eligible for a second, much larger, inheritance, but only if, within one year, he can spend the prior inheritance. If he fails, he will not get the money, and will have to survive on what remains of the million. Of course, he tries to win big.

As you may have guessed based on the synopsis, or the film, this a is a light-hearted humorous book. I found most of it to be pretty funny, and really enjoyed the story. Of course, the funniest part is how difficult it was for Brewster to get rid of one million dollars. He should learn from today’s celebrities, many of whom have managed to dispose of hundreds of millions. Rich people make me mad sometimes.

I am now entirely certain that Pinchot is a very talented narrator. I’ve listened to three audiobooks that he’s done, and in every single one he has sounded like a different person. Although I hated the first one I listened to, I’ve really enjoyed the others. Here, especially, he did a great job of fitting his voice and pacing to that of the character. His narration is blithe and conveys the humor of the situation.

This is quite an excellent audiobook, and just the right length for a decent road trip!

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