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Written in 1919, A Damsel in Distress has all the elements of a classic Wodehouse farce: a titled aristocrat or two, an imperious butler, an American interloper and, of course, a charming heroine being prevented from marrying the hero by a bossy, interfering aunt who thinks about nothing but class and money.
However, this reads like an early version of the Blandings series: while all the typical characters and setups are there (including the somewhat vague lord of the manor obsessed with an unsuitable agricultural hobby: in the Blandings stories, he's obsessed with his prize pig; here he's obsessed with his roses), the distinctive Wodehouse wit isn't quite as sharp as it becomes later - there aren't a whole lot of laugh-out-loud moments.
Jonathan Cecil is a solid reader (not my personal favourite, but I think I'm in the minority there), and this is definitely worth a listen, but if you're new to Wodehouse, this probably isn't the audiobook to start with.
I've listen to quite a few of his books now and I think this is one of his best. Very funny and a great story.
Normally I wouldn't choose a book like this, but I wanted something different. This book turned out to be a delight. It was a light hearted comedy of errors. It was a fun listen.
One of the characters reminded me of Hugh Laurie's character on Black Adder. See if you can guess which one...
Yes, not quite as many 'laugh out loud' moments, but still enjoyable. Pleasant place to have your mind for a few hours of light-heartedness.
Jonathan Cecil enlivens one of P.G. Wodehouse's minor novelettes. If you're unfamiliar with Wodehouse, start with the Jeeves/Wooster stories, not this one. If you're a Wodehouse addict looking for a temporary escape from this crazy world, "A Damsel in Distress" will do.
"More than Jeeves"
Many people know little more than the Jeeves and Wooster stories by P. G. Wodehouse.
This is as good a place as any to start exploring his other stories.
It has the same basic plotlines that are so well loved and the same cast of colourful and eccentric characters.
The quality is superb, narration spot on..............
Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
"Confident, mesmeric and inimitable"
I am a Wodehouse fan and there are very few of his stores that haven't thoroughly enjoyed. Whilst this may not be one of his best it's still very, very good. The typical thread of circumstances, characters' single-mindedness and downright tomfoolery lead the novel through catastrophe, plotting and delight. The course of true love, in the Wodehouse world, never runs smoothly.
Jonathan Cecil is one of the best performers of Wodehouse novels. He managers to really engage the listener and his ability to conjure up the characters personalities vocally is astounding.
Full of typical P G Wodehouse humour, this is the best light entertainment. Jonathan Cecil reads this author's works brilliantly, no-one catch match him. A perfect combination.
"A treat to rival any Jeeves book"
I devoured all the Jeeves books (two or three times each) but I hadn't thought to explore other P G Wodehouse books. How silly of me and what a lot of lovely catching up I have to do. This was my first venture into non-Jeeves stories and it was delightful; a great start for anyone fearful of leaving behind their dear friend Bertie and venturing into unfamiliar waters. The characters in a Damsel in Distress are familiar in their Wodehouse-ness and the story is immediately appealing. And good old Jonathan Cecil as narrator; no one reads Wodehouse better than Cecil.
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