Young Jill Mariner, who sits comfortably at the lower end of upper-class society, is engaged to be married to the handsome Sir Derek Underhill. But life is full of surprises, and hers is about to be turned on its head. This classic tale from master humorist P. G. Wodehouse follows Jill from England to New York as she faces financial disaster, a broken engagement, familial troubles, work as a lowly chorus girl, and that which we all seek - the discovery of true love.
Public Domain (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks
I am a big fan of good ole P.G.W. And will listen or read anything connected to him. I loved the plot of this book. I am not so sure why but unlike most of his plots this had some suspense. After all what is more suspenseful than a theatre fire. Many times when I was listening to the book, I thought I would quit just because of the narration. There is enough misery in this world without me trashing the reader. And it may be just me, but I encourage any prospective purchaser to listen to the sample. The reader has good voices and tone, he just pauses about every three words. Sometimes it is exactly every three words, like he is doing a waltz. Oddly enough it almost only occurs when he is reading in his natural voice. When he is doing a voice of a character it is not noticeable. He might consider reading a whole book in character. I hope the presence of this book does not discourage the really good P.G.W. readers from doing the same works.
I love Wodehouse and was excited to see a completely new audiobook.
I loved the new set of characters.
The intonation was so inapt that it impeded understanding and enjoyment of the story. it sounded as though random words and phrases had been joined to produce a narration.
This recording is not up to Audible's usual standards.
"Gave up by 3rd chapter."
David Ian Davies-NO
I gave up on the third attempt to listen to this book by chapter three. The narration is so distracting due to pauses in the wrong place and no pauses where there should be, I could not follow the plot. Example, the phrase (Jack said Jill), without the pause in the right place, it is hard to tell if (Jack is saying Jill) or (Jill has said Jack). Speech runs into description without a pause, so a few more words are said before the distinction between the two is apparent, very distracting.
I like P.G.Woodhouse, but this narration isn't a patch on J Cecil.
Not Wodehouse's best novel, but good none-the less.
The narration on the other hand was dire. Someone needs to explain to David Ian Davies that those little black dots and dashes spread over the page are not random ink-splashes, made accidentally by the printer, but punctuation, designed to tell him where to put the pauses. He has the reading skills of the average computer.
Most of his accents are ok, but seem to be chosen at random geographically. The one he uses for Freddy, the "Bertie Wooster" prototype is so over-the-top in it's clichéd pseudo-poshness as to be just painfully nasal.
"Good book, poor quality performance"
Of course not the major highlight in the vast output of Woodhouse, I nonetheless greatly enjoyed the story. It is the performance and sound quality that are lacking.
Freddie - a Bertie type (and it has been argued that he is the precursor of Bertie, so for this reason alone the book is worth checking out)
Frederick Davidson - the best Wodehouse narrator. Otherwise go for Jonathan Cecil, who narrates most of the Wodehouse books available on Audible.
No idea - they all fit
Audible - record the audiobook anew with a different narrator and get the sound right. Sounds like David Ian Davies is calling from a callbox and the way he tells the story suggests he wants to get as many words in as possible before the coins run out.
An English man narrating......What a waste of a damn good book.....I too gave up after 30 minutes.....How about a refund ??????
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