I agree with the other reviewers who noted the poor audio. I look forward to them reissuing the entire Jonathan Cecil series with digital recording that is also correctly synced with the digital chapter markers. I prefer B J Harisson as narrator - Cecil is OK.
I am a budding Wodehouse fan and working my way through the Blanding Castle books. Seeing how these stories have held up over the years I have no doubt they will be just as pleasing when reread.
I love the stiff-upper lip of the characters combined with a ceaselessly optimistic trust in elegant language-use to sort everything out. Then there is the ever amusing Freddy always up to one scheme or another.
There were plenty of moments that had me giggle out-loud.
Jonathan Cecil has a pleasant voice to listen to, is very clear to understand and possesses just the right accents for this kind of story.
Plenty of amusing moments to make one laugh.
I have listened to it multiple times. It is a delightful read
Psmith's eccentricities are charing and enjoyable.
Yes. This is up to his usual high standard of performance.
I love PG Wodehouse and this is one of my favorites.
José M. Batista
This is an outstanding PG Wodehouse novel and the narration is mostly superb however sometimes silent pauses between chapters are way too long, and in some odd instances the sound quality deteriorated so much it was very hard to listen.
If you haven't tried Wodehouse yet you have a treat in store, unless you are among the one in four whose reading age is in single figures. Readers of Wodehouse need no recommendation from me. There is a trove of treasure to be enjoyed. Jonathan Cecil's own voice is perfect but his expertise with other voices could be improved.
In my view, this is one of the most charming books by an undeniably charming author. Psmith is a marvelously absurd character, and the farce and romantic comedy elements of the book provide a very solid structure on which to hang Wodehouse's trademark moments of linguistic and character-based humor. Really, you cannot go wrong with this book.
With my pinchent for dark thrilliers and multilayered detective series, I was in need of a break, although I didn't want to stray too far from the genre I love. Leave it to Psmith was just what the literary doctor ordered; a bit of whimsy, a lot of British dry humor,a caper in the making with wonderful characters to round it all out. Not sure if it's for every taste, but I don't think I've ever chuckled out loud so many times during my afternoon bike rides. Wonderful respite from worldly stress and the fact that one pretty soon realizes how things HAVE to turn out, it doesn't make getting there any less enjoyable.
If you like other Wodehouse books or books similar to Charlie's Aunt or the Importance of Being Ernest then you will probably like this. Light hearted and fun even though you know how it is going to end.
This is a great book and a wonderful introduction to Wodehouse. The narrator, however, is overly dramatic and his voice is so deep that it is, at times, difficult to understand. Frederick Davidson is much better at Wodehouse.