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Something Fresh | [P. G. Wodehouse]

Something Fresh

The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.
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The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

©2011 Copyright © by the Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate. All rights reserved.; ©2011 AudioGo

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    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 01-26-12
    Beverly Bronx, NY, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"

    Having either read or listened to a number of the Blandings Castle stories, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Lord Emsworth and his looney family. I guess this book was probably written early in the series, before Freddie's marriage and the introduction of "The Empress". Although it contains many of the same plot elements of other Blandings sagas, there is a lot more action "below stairs" in this one which really does make it SOMETHING FRESH.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 10-29-13
    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story. Well Read. but. . ."
    Any additional comments?

    The only thing wrong with this is that the quality of the recording is poor. The reader does a fantastic job, but the sound is as if this were copied from a worn tape.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    E. W. Sawyer Connecticut 11-01-14
    E. W. Sawyer Connecticut 11-01-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Bad narration further weakens a middling Wodehouse"

    I am a big Wodehouse fan but this is not one of his best novels. Still, it's an enjoyable story. It could have been lifted to be even better had the narrator been any good. Inexplicably, the producers went ahead with a narrator who can ONLY do funny old men voices. Thus, the young men sounded like old men, the young women sounded like old men, the Americans sounded like old British men, as did the servants, you get the idea. This was such a problem that I literally could not figure out which character was speaking during many of the scenes. I really cannot understand why the audiobook was allowed to be released in this condition.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Long 03-15-15
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    "I Love P.G. Wodehouse and some of Blandings Castle"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is not on the list of my favorite Wodehouse. Some of the series is fantastic, this one just didn't capture me at all. I particularly love Jonathan Cecil reading Wodehouse, I have most of his recordings of Wodehouse and also others reading Wodehouse and I think Cecil is the best by far. I love all of the Jeeves- particularly Thank you Jeeves, Carry On Jeeves and The Mating Season. Loved Damsel in Distress and Luck of the Bodkins. But Something Fresh just doesn't have "it."


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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-14-14
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-14-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Fun Fun Fun"

    I can't say much about this book except that it's not to be missed. It's great fun built around a sweet story of comical characters.

    Take a break from self-improvement, vampires, how [name here] beat drugs with Jesus and the latest anti-Obama conspiracy and give yourself a real light-hearted treat.

    This book is just fun and a vacation from the real world.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Chris Reich, BizPhyZ

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle B. Turner Dry 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Everything Wodehouse is funny and cute."

    Looking forward to reading the next Blandings book! Wodehouse has such an enjoyable way of writing and his books are very cheery.

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    Cheryl Smith Fisher Buffalo, NY, US 04-27-15
    Cheryl Smith Fisher Buffalo, NY, US 04-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful, lighthearted romp"

    This is just the ticket fora rainy day. It will perk you up no matter what your mood. It's a delightful way to spend a few hours

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    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 03-15-15
    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "excellent British sillyness"

    Despite a slow start, the story is a wonderful comedy of the silly upperclass Brits, with constant flips in the plot line. Comparable more recently to, say, a Steve Martin film.

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    Smitty 02-21-15
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    "Classic Wodehouse!"

    Great narration, goofy plot line, wonderful entertainment! Just what one needs as light listening while performing other tasks. Who could ask for more?

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    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 02-20-15
    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great Wodehouse!"

    Wodehouse is a great pleasure, and a generally underrated author. too often, when lists of great authors are made, the comic ones are disregarded, as if the art of writing humorously is a second-rate art. However, the command of language and turn-of-phrase that Wodehouse enjoyed is first rate. It is damned difficult to be consistently funny. And this, one of his greatest works, exemplifies this skill.

    Jonathan Cecil does justice to Wodehouse, although not quite reaching the art that Simon Callow did - the latter's performances unfortunately not being available anywhere anymore.

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