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Blandings Castle

By: P. G. Wodehouse
Narrated by: James Saxon
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Publisher's Summary

At Blandings Castle trouble, as is often the case, rears its bothersome head to disturb the cosy peace. This is a collection of 12 stories for Wodehouse fans.
©1971 The Estate of P.G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sophie
  • 09-07-16

disappointing

I misrakenly thought all the stories would be based at Blandings with the usual cast of wonderful characters. However many of the tales related to adventures in the US with less interesting individuals. I would not have chosen this one had I realised. Good narrator.

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  • Jeff Cotton
  • 08-16-18

This book contains seperate stories

Just calling each track a chapter is useless! They're stories, with seperate titles. Not being able to tell which chapter is which story and even which stories are in the book, is so annoying. And surely not rocket science to remedy. And it's the same on all Audible short story collections, it seems.

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  • Bruce
  • 04-05-19

Good, but not great

Here we have 4 Blandings stories, mostly featuring Freddie Threepwood: 1 Bobby Wickham story - the only one which isn’t part of the Jeeves canon, I think: and 4 Mr Mulliner Hollywood stories.
They are all well read and well performed, without hitting the heights achieved by Martin Jarvis. For me, James Saxon doesn’t “get” Lord Emsworth, and the “mild and dreamy peer” keeps coming across as a choleric colonel.
I’ve never really taken to the Hollywood stories, although they are quite good, so these grated on me a little.
All in all, a good collection, but not a favourite for me

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  • Andrew
  • 08-09-10

Wodehouse at his best.

Hilarious vintage Wodehouse, superbly rendered by James Saxon. The stories had me chortling, and Saxon's readings just hit the spot. Superb stuff.

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  • Dr
  • 04-07-13

More than just Blandings

The book starts with Blandings, Lord Emsworth, the Empress and a scary battalion of powerful women. Classic Wodehouse set amongst the aristocracy. The wit is sharper then Lady Constance's voice. The second part of the book contains Mr Mulliner stories, which are less well known and set in Hollywood, where Wodehouse worked writing scripts. They are not what you would expect if your only experience of Wodehouse are the TV series. Thoroughly recommend, a book to listen to again and again.

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  • Peter R
  • 08-14-20

Lord Emsworth's voice is all wrong

The voice for Lord Emsworth, sadly, is totally wrong. Those who have read the Blandings books know the Earl to be befuddled, dreamy, and benign, an endearing and gentle old fool. This narrator uses the voice of a bad tempered and aggressive army Major. His accent also drifts around oddly with occasional hints of Scottish and American. Other aspects of the reading are good, but messing up Lord Emsworth is unforgivable, and this audio book should be withdrawn and remade by an actor who can portray Lord Emsworth correctly.

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  • Furry Ted
  • 11-09-19

Not all Blandings as anticipated

We did not enjoy the section based on America. Expected all stories to be about Blandings Castle

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  • Arnfinn Rong
  • 08-02-18

James Saxon sounds like a tractor! Avoid!

James Saxon, is like Gordon Griffin, a horrible reader with one single monotone voice for all characters, but where Gordon Griffin sounds like mild sandpaper, James Saxon sounds like a tractor backfiring. He ruins every book he reads, from Ngaio Marsh to P.G. Wodehouse. GET JOHN WELLS TO READ THESE!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-21

terrible

normally incredible, this collection is garbage. avoid. Wodehouse was obviously having a bad day when he wrote this 😂

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  • iain
  • 12-06-20

A super story

A wonderful audiobook, wonderfully narrated. The characters are so full of life and depth. Brilliant!!