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Something Fresh Audiobook

Something Fresh

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Publisher's Summary

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.

    13 of 14 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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-14-14
    Chris Reich Northern, CA 12-14-14 Member Since 2009

    Business Physicist and Astronomer

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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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-10-16
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-10-16 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Cheeky Fun"

    Lighthearted fun filled with quirky characters in zany situations of misunderstandings, false identities, romantic entanglements and theft of a valuable object. This all plays out in the perfect setting of an English country manor. Reminiscent of the sparkling old ‘30s movies, I can imagine Robert Montgomery as the smart and cheeky Ashe Marson, and the rest of the cast filled with the best character actors of the day. Though the plot is feather-light, the writing is crisp and witty and completely entertaining. The mastery of language puts many contemporary writers to shame. I thoroughly enjoyed this selection.

    7 of 8 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."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 02-20-15
    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 02-20-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 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 2016

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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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 07-16-16
    Sara 07-16-16
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    "Same book as "Something New""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Good book, but same as "Something New" under different title.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Loved the book the first time, maybe worth a second listen too...


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    yes, great book


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cara 04-03-16
    Cara 04-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A cracking good show!"

    A dashed fabulous story, and a wonderful narrator to boot. 5 jolly stars! Great for a road trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan D. 04-02-16
    Jan D. 04-02-16
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    "Classic, wonderful Wodehouse!"
    Would you listen to Something Fresh again? Why?

    Yes, I definitely would. It's a light, refreshing story with enough characters and twists to keep the intellect moving without being overbearing. It's perfect for lightening up -- a drive to work, doing chores. In a world full of seriousness -- this is what my heart needs to keep it in perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the narrator. Each voice is different and has a believable character all its own. This, in addition to Wodehouse's story, just comes together perfectly to create an incredibly funny and entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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