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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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The story held my interest and Mr. Cecil reads .

Mr Cecil is a master at bringing you along with him in the story

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by Gretchen

I love the narrator! He is perfect for Wodehouse. The different characters are done perfectly, and he does American accents very well. I thought this was the funniest Wodehouse story I've read yet, and laughed until the tears came came . The sound quality was good too. I listened to this because I was trying to find one of the classics that have been recorded some time ago and the sound quality is so poor in all of them that I gave up. it's a shame. They all need to be re-recorded.

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  • 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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  • Mrs H.
  • 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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  • KS Macfadyen
  • 09-30-22

Good fun

Just what you need for that rainy afternoon
Brilliantly read by Jonathan Cecil
Be aware it’s as silly as any Bertie Wooster story!!!!

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  • 09-29-22

Loved it!

Comedy at it's best, the listening equivalent of watching a slap stick black and white movie.

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  • 08-21-22

Excellent

Very funny story, with laugh-out-loud moments, very well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone, especially if you want to escape from the realities of life for a while.

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  • 07-30-22

An enjoyable, light-hearted romp!

Great fun and easy to listen to. I'm more familiar with Jeeves and the Blandings stories and this was probably less convoluted, therefore easier to follow, but just as funny. Good narration.

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  • 07-27-22

Similarities?

I couldn't help feeling that this aristocratic family were uncannily like another that I've read of. But they lived in a place called Blandings so they must be different.

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  • 07-14-22

good entertainment

Jonathan Cecil's narration made this story worth listening to. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Good, clean humour

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  • 06-08-22

A great laugh

I found this audio Well narrated and will be enjoyed by all Woodhouse fans I am sure.

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  • 06-03-22

excellent

an excellent book i really enjoyed every minute of it. very much recommend if you like the Jeeves and Wooster series

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  • 02-04-22

Charming

If you like a tale of misunderstanding’s resulting in comedic situations, set in simpler times, with clever dialogue and loads of charm. This story is joyfully the one.

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  • 08-05-22

Lighthearted diversion

Most enjoyable. Best for oldies. Silly story, of course, rather dated, but still fun.