I love P.G. Wodehouse and this is one of my favorites of his books and Cecil is spot-on as the reader. Ordinarily I enjoy Frederick Davidson's renditions but for this title he cannot beat Cecil. In fact, I downloaded this version even though I had already downloaded the Davidson version. After many listens, the telling of the two deaf men on a train joke (and subsequent explanations for the aunts) still slays me.
Narrator did an excellent job - his choices helped me see the characters more than the written descriptions. Nice range of characters in the book (rich, poor, male, female, old, young, creepy, appealing, different races) but only a few were more than cardboard stereotypes. Interesting variation of "mutants among us" theme and a creative use of alternate history (feels like it was set during the Great Depression) but overall I would not recommend this book. It has the feel of a first draft, bursting out all over. Perhaps the author was going for a 1930s serial feel but it just felt like he bolted after every rabbit that popped up. Eventually I gave up and stopped listening about three quarters of the way through when I realized I didn't really care what happened - or even if I had guessed the ending correctly. Disappointing.
Interesting variation on paranormal setting. Not the most sympathetic narrator but he makes it work. However, even though I typically prefer nice long audiobooks, this one could use some trimming. My attention wandered during the last half of the book and I basically had to force myself to finish. Rather than a story arc it was more of an electrocardiogram test - up, up, down, up, up, down. I won't be reading more of the series.
I judged this book it by a preview of a filmed version (!) and because I knew this was her earliest work (although published later) I thought it wouldn't display the qualities of her mature works. I was wrong. It is delightful - witty and full of Austen's keen observations of the characters in her world.
I love this book and re-read it every few years. It was one of the first audible titles I bought but the narrator was all wrong (so very slow and monotone). I was so happy to see a new narrator that I bought the book again. Simon Prebble is a much better fit for the story and does a lovely job.
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