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A Damsel in Distress | [P.G. Wodehouse]

A Damsel in Distress

When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan's cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress. George traces his mysterious travelling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshmoreton, where things become severely muddled. Maud's aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reddie, her stepson. Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknown American she met in Wales. So when George turns up speaking American, a nasty case of mistaken identity breaks out.
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When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan's cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress. George traces his mysterious travelling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshmoreton, where things become severely muddled. Maud's aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reddie, her stepson. Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknown American she met in Wales. So when George turns up speaking American, a nasty case of mistaken identity breaks out. In fact the scene is set for the perfect Wodehouse comedy of errors.

© Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)2003 Chivers Audio Books

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    Amazon Fan Burbank, CA, United States 03-08-11 Member Since 2006
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    "If you like his other books, you'll love this one"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 01-12-08
    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 01-12-08
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    "Solid but probably for fans only"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Waynesville, OH, USA 08-29-06
    Rebecca Waynesville, OH, USA 08-29-06
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    "Good Fun"

    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...

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    Anne Brisbane, Australia 03-24-11
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    "Good Light Relief"

    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.

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    "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.

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    "A treat to rival any Jeeves book"
    Where does A Damsel in Distress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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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