I bought this because I have only recently discovered Wodehouse's 'Blandings saga' and wanted to listen to them all. I can't tell much about the quality of the book itself because the audio version is so painful to listen to. You get to hear every gasp for breath, and Davidson doesn't seem to understand Wodehouse - or to be enjoying himself. I wish I had read the other reviewer's advice - instead of buying this version, look for another reader!
In summary, this audiobook is 10 hours and 52 minutes - which is about six hours too long. It's about a prim-yet-lascivious Victorian spinster and an aging werewolf about whose junk I now know WAY too much.
Although the premise was excellent and the basic plot promising, I felt for most of the book as though I was an unwilling voyeur in some adolescent game of spin-the-bottle. I don't blame the author, because she's got a good imagination and a way with words - or the narrator because she does a pretty good job - but the editor, now, that's a different matter.
This book might have been awesome. But it just wasn't, and I wish I'd spent my time with an Amelia Peabody novel instead.
It took me several months to decide to download this audiobook. I wish I had done it immediately. The book is very good. The reader is terrific. The combination is awesome. Ms. Sternahagen's performance makes Dolores Claiborne come alive.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. Wodehouse's writing is excellent, and Jonathan Cecil does a great job of distinquishing the characters' voices. If you need a laugh, this is for you..
I also recommend Uncle Fred in the Springtime with Cecil.
It's hard to rate an excellent book with a reader you did not care for....
P.G. Wodehouse is an excellent author, and his Jeeves books are hystericall funny. Like his other works, this book is very good.
Frederick Davidson, the reader...not so much. I'm sure he's very nice and has many talents, but for this series, he is the wrong voice. He is too sibilant, and his rendering takes a good bit of the humor out of the work. He comes off as an extremely catty Bertie, and more angry than whimsical. I didn't care for the voices of Bertie, Jeeves or the other characters in this reading, and the conssstant hissssing became so overwhelming that I found it difficult to keep listening.
If you can find this book with another reader, buy it instead. Martin Jarvis is the best; Jonathan Cecil and Ian Carmichael are good. I will be replacing this book as soon as I can find a different reader, but I feel as though I wasted a credit on it.
The book is quite funny, but the reader Dinsdale Landen does not do it justice. He has a pleasant voice, and I'm sure he's very talented - but he reads too fast, crowding the sentences, and the voices of different speakers are too much alike. I found it difficult to tell who was speaking and when the speaker changed, and I kept wishing that it was Martin Jarvis or Jonathan Cecil reading, instead. It was heavy going, to quote Mr. Wodehouse.....
I'd give it 5 stars if Jarvis or Cecil was reading.
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