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Christopher J. Albertyn

Toronto, Ontario
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  • Psmith in the City

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Psmith and his friend Mike are sent by their fathers to work in the City. But work is the last thing on Psmith's mind; surely there are more interesting things to do with the day than spend it in a bank? Unfortunately the natives aren't conducive to his socialising within work hours, but all's fair in love and work as the monocled Old Etonian, with a little grudging help from Mike, begins to rope in allies in order to reform the bank manager and make him A Decent Member of Society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master of the English Prose

  • By Ron L. Caldwell on 03-20-08

Among the very best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Beautifully read. Among the funniest of Wodehouse's vast treasure trove. Mischief from start to finish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Pelican at Blandings

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The usual suspects, including Lord Emsworth and his prize pig, the Empress, line up at Blandings Castle for a Wodehousian caper that sees members of the upper-classes getting hot and bothered over a nude painting they all want to get their hands on. This is wit at its very finest, read by one of our superlative actors, who reads Wodehouse with the requisite style and panache.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P G Wodehouse is always delightful

  • By Christopher J. Albertyn on 12-05-11

P G Wodehouse is always delightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-11

If you could sum up A Pelican at Blandings in three words, what would they be?

light, witty, charming

Who was your favorite character and why?

Galahad Fleetwood, the brother of Lord Emsworth

Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

A splendid book, beautifully read by Martin Jarvis; relaxing, delightful, clever, and light-hearted.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this.

  • By John M on 10-30-08

Milestones to Disaster

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-10

This is a magnificent book, describing the many errors made by the British government (and to a lesser extent its allies) in the period after the Treaty of Versailles to Churchill's becoming prime minister in April 1940, at the time of the invasion of Holland and Belgium. It tells in detail the many decisions taken in the 1930s that served to strengthen Hitler's regime and military preparedness and weakened British military capacity to respond. It is marvellously read, a grim subject made exciting and inspiring.
Christopher Albertyn

4 of 5 people found this review helpful