Included in this collection are 19 of Wodehouse's classic pre-World War II stories.
(P)1997 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Timelessly funny....[Davidson] is wry, British and almost drawling, and one supposes that this is pretty much how Wodehouse himself would sound." (AudioFile)
Yes. Frederick Davidson is an amazing reader and for me was the original voice of Bertie, though I think that some listeners prefer Jonathan Cecil (who is also amazing, but different).
Bertie and Clarence.
He knows how to pause and hold for effect.
Bertie of course.
"A useful anthology for short listens"
A collection of Wodehouse short stories that serves very well as an audiobook to hold in reserve and dip into when you want a quick 20 minute listen.
If you want to listen for several hours at a time, then a longer single story would be a better bet as these can become a bit "samey" if listened to end-to-end.
Personally, I was not wildly taken with the narration, but not to the extent of marring the pleasure of Wodehouse's writing.
"You will NOT enjoy this version"
I never found out! The narration is so naïve and poor that within a chapter I was so annoyed with Mr Davidson for ruining the brilliant PG Wodehouse that I abandoned the story
Nothing, just the sub standard narration!
Everything!! You've caused your own problems by previously using the incomparable services of Jonathan Cecil who not only reads the words, he acts the parts. His diction is perfect, he has a thousand voices, he reads at the correct speed and emphasises at the correct moment. I'm afraid Mr Davidson is very poor in comparison and I won't buy him again.
I couldn't comment as I never got past the first chapter of this poor performance.
Jonathan Cecil is brilliant! Paul Shelley, Graham Seed, Nigel Lambert, Dinsdale Landen, Jeremy Sinden and James Saxon are acceptable and Ian Carmichael disappointing. David Ian Davies and Frederick Davidson however are awful, almost childish in the way they read and become immensely annoying. 'Jill the Reckless' is just as bad as the 'Man Upstairs' above and I shall not be investing in other titles read by these really poor narrators! I'm only sorry that I had to discover this the hard way and that my collection of Wodehouse will never include these titles!!!
"Awful narration ruins the experience"
The story is probably perfectly good although it is masked by the dreadful narration.
I cannot understand how this narrator ever got the job. His 'voices' are completely bizarre, and his own voice rises and falls in completely unexpected places making it so distracting to listen to that all the humour is totally wasted, it simply doesn't come through.
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