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Publisher's Summary

When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan's cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress. George traces his mysterious traveling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshmoreton, where things become severely muddled. Maud's aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reggie, her stepson. Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknown American she met in Wales. So when George turns up speaking American, a nasty case of mistaken identity breaks out. In fact, the scene is set for the perfect Wodehouse comedy of errors.

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Delightful!

What a romp! Lovely characters, fine reader, surprise (yes...really) ending. Total enjoyment! A fine introduction to P.G. if not already sufficiently fortunate to be familiar!

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loved it. ..so hilarious!

loved it. ..so hilarious! I loved the way the reader expressed the characters. Each character was funny in their own way.

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A Comic Yarn with One Snarl

In many ways another edition of Blandings Castle, Belpher Castle contains some similar inmates: a duty-dodging earl who wants nothing better than to be left alone among his roses, and a class-conscious sister who spares no effort to keep him up to the mark. But one difference looms larger than all the similarities: a streak of ladies-magazine-story sentimentality that somehow wormed its way, like a Blandings imposter, into this story.

In this satisfying, comically plausible yarn, a mix-up of identities leads everyone, including our hero, George, (whose identity is the one getting mixed-up) astray. Many scenes merit laughter, out loud and in public. The only trouble: our hero George will insist on being noble. His selfless service to the lady he loves (who loves another) proves the single false note in this otherwise humorous ballad. I’m not saying chivalry is (or should be) dead; it just doesn’t make sense here. In his best manner, Wodehouse would color George’s dogged, doomed devotion with chagrin and disappointment, good for some empathetic chuckles. Here, his nobility just lays there, being inexplicable.

Jonathan Cecil turns in his usual fine performance. Always a fan of Frederick Davidson’s reading of this story, I never heard Cecil’s and probably never would have, if not for the Audible Plus Catalog, an innovation of which I can’t say enough good things.

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frothy fun

love this story. great characters. a plot that never stops twisting. fun and funny. this is one to listen to multiple times.

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Jonathan Cecil is a Corker!

Jonathan Cecil is a charming, a sparkling and a corker of a narrator! A stout fellow! Topping!

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one of his best

I always love his stories, light and airy, they keep one lightheard lighthearted this one has a different plot, so it is fresher,few real idiots involved, but is just as much fun

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I can't say I looked forward to listening ...

but each time I continued listening, I ended up enjoying it at least fairly well. The book was amusing, light and a nice story (nice is, nice I suppose). This being my first read by Wodehouse, I do plan on listening to another of his books at some point; this one having been just enough to warrant another go.

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what a story

gosh this is the best story I have listened to by PG I cried at the end it was so sweet it's a wonderful love story and such great characters thank you PG thank you again for a wonderful wonderful wonderful story

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One of the Best

This is one of Wodehouse’s best. The witty descriptions are exceptional and the -lot has complications that surprise, even as it moves toward it’s inevitable conclusion. And Cecil’s reading is excellent. His voice IS Wodehouse to me.

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Absolutely loved it...!

The performance makes the book even more comical and exciting. Loved every bit of it.

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  • 12-18-20

Superb reading of a brilliant story.

I can't imagine a better reading of this. The vocal characterisation is so good it's difficult to remember it's being read by one man. Delightful.

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  • Roger Mason
  • 10-21-18

A Light Comedy

A really good novel.You could imagine it being acted out on stage.With many plots & a happy ending.

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  • Thomas
  • 07-13-18

Wodehouse on top form

Jonathan Cecil is brilliant once more. Typical multi plot story. Perfect for a summer evening

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  • Nadine
  • 09-01-17

Great listen

Loved it. A delightful read. A good story with a nice depiction of a priveleged life.