©1947 By the Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Like Frederick Davidson, Jeremy Sinden gets the inner meaning of Wodehouse, extracting every drop of irony, sarcasm, mock-melodrama or just plain humor from every single line. His vocal portrayals are pitch-perfect; one gets a visual image of every character. His timing and pacing are impeccable. His diction is downright Harovian. Or Etonian, take your pick.
But then again, like any actor with a great script, Sinden has a lot to work with here. Full Moon is one of the highest spots in the Wodehouse bookshelf, a tumultuous romp through the spreading park lands and messuages of Blandings Castle, where:
Veronica Wedge ("the dumbest blonde in Shropshire") and Tipton Plimson ("rather a self-centered young man") find love
Colonel Egbert (complete with service revolver) and Lady Hermione Wedge (who looks like a cook) find a rich son-in-law
Bill Lister ("Blister" to his pals) finds he isn't cut out for the life artistic but is cut out for life with Prudence ("that little squirt") Garland
Lord Emsworth ("that woolen-headed peer") finds peace when everybody finally clears out of his house and leaves him with his prize porker, Empress of Blandings and his favorite reading, "On the Care of the Pig", by the great Augustus Whiffle
And the Hon. Galahad Threepwood finds he can make it all come about with an adroit mixture of lies, half-truths, tall tales, brisk staff work...and putting the Empress in Veronica's bedroom.
Don't worry, I haven't given anything away. In Wodehouse everyone--at least, all the deserving ones--get exactly what they want. The fun--and there is a great deal of fun here, served up with no unstinting hand--is seeing how they get it. Jeremy Sinden makes Wodehouse in your ear buds even better that Wodehouse off the printed page.
My expectations were high because this is my favorite Wodehouse, and because I had already been blown away by Sinden'S narration of a funnyNgaio Marsh book. Expectations fully met! This wonderful nonsense is as good an answer as any I know of to life's ills.
This is a delightful, wonderfully constructed tale. The narration is excellent. Great introduction to an extraordinary author for the uninitiated.
This is Wodehouse at his best. Ridiculous unlikely circumstances abound with a whole lot of laughs. The narrator is wonderful, maybe not as believable with some of the voices as other narrators, but utterly charming.
"Vintage Wodehouse but not the best of his novels"
Always excepting the fabulous Lord Emsworth and his prizewinning pig, the characters in this particular story are not the most engaging of PG Wodehouse's creations. The plot surrounding the broken romances and the diamond necklace are a bit familiar and formulaic and if you have read a lot of Wodehouse you will soon recognise where it is all going. The language is wonderful and Blandings Castle as sunny as ever but there are few characters as engaging as Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, Beach the butler or the clodhopping rural police of many of the other novels. I love PG Wodehouse but this is not his best - if you've read the others you will quite enjoy this one but if not then I recommend trying Thank You Jeeves or Crime Wave at Blandings first.
"Another great story"
Another Blandings novel written in superb style. Very clever plots Interweaved as only Wodehouse can.
Narration very clear and engaging
"Easy and entertaining."
No, P G Wodehouse's genius can be appreciated more fully in print. However this audio edition is a very easy and entertaining listen.
If you read or listen to P G Wodehouse's stories of Blandings Castle all the characters connected to it become like old friends.
I highly recommend this audio book. It is typical Wodehouse, the story is light and humorous and Jeremy Sinden's narration is very good.
This book is truely P.G. Wodehouse at his best. An excellently observed study of characters and truly laugh out loud amusing. Jeremy Sinden's rich tones make it a joy to listen to. A must for any Wodehouse fan, and if you have not tried him before, I would recommend you try this - you are unlikely to regret it.
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