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Meet Psmith, with a silent 'P' as in psychic. A gallant, charming individual, Psmith has a gift for getting into awful scrapes, and when he takes over a gentile journal known as Cosy Moments with the aid of Billy Windsor, its sub-editor, he turns it into a radical publication...with alarming and hilarious results.
© The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Very bad sound quality

My enthusiasm for P G Wodehouse stories caused me to overlook the reviews. The sound is muffled and very hard to hear. Do not purchase this audiobook.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kevin
  • Danville, CA, United States
  • 03-14-08

Terrible quality

I'm with Frank. I love Wodehouse and Jonathan Cecil but I can't listen to this.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Poor sound quality in format 4

I hope the enhanced version is better. I almost couldn't finish this in format 4. The sound was very muddy and I often couldn't understand what the narrator was saying (a sin in a Wodehouse story). Love Jonathan Cecil and Wodehouse, but not this recording.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • DD
  • 07-02-13

AUDIO QUALITY PERFECT NOW!!

Would you listen to Psmith Journalist again? Why?

Although the book is overall great, the racial slurs against african americans, italians and the irish are very disappointing. Because I love P.G. Wodehouse, it makes me sad to see this side of his character.

If you’ve listened to books by P.G. Wodehouse before, how does this one compare?

This book is great. But, 'Leave It To Psmith' is still the funniest ever.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Outstanding as always!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hard to hear

I always enjoy Wodehouse and especially read by Jonathon Cicil, however, the quality of the recording is terrible. Need a quite road, crank the volume but adjust the bass and treble and at the same time turn down your player to minimize static.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Well it is 100 years old

There are many great lines here, and the comic tension between artist Psmith and the New York works pretty well. I wish the racism had been excised (easy to do). The least of the dozen or so Wodehouse works I've listened to or read. For fans only.

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Another great Psmith book

The Psmith books are my favourite of all the Wodehouse classics and the narrator is excellent. This is a must get for any Wodehouse fan.

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Psmith Journalist

Sound quality not up to standards. Don't waste your time. Just too english for my taste even though I'm a fan of the author's other works.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A fun, light story, narration a little problematic

Psmith shines in this story of comic New York criminal shenanigans, effortlessly and suavely sidestepped He's a great character: a funny, brilliant, verbose and kind of ridiculous fellow who courts trouble just for the fun of subverting it--the inverse, if you like, of Bertie Wooster. Psmith Journalist may not be Wodehouse's most fast-moving novel, but it has some wonderful laughs and a lot of action.

Whether the 21st century reader can or should overlook the casual racism of the time (1909), which does make some explicit appearances, is up to the individual, but it's only right to mention it--and the fact that the whole story seems to inhabit a world entirely free of women.

While Jonathan Cecil seems to hit the bullseye with his Old Etonian voice for Psmith, he's less successful with Wodehouse's exaggerated and slang-filled New York street talk. This is unfortunate, because in this novel, Psmith himself is pretty much the only British character. I would happily listen to this narrator in a novel that doesn't call for so many American voices.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • julia
  • 02-28-13

Across the pond humour

This is a wonderful book which deserves to be better known. The mix of English oxbridge and New York underworld is brilliantly handled with the usual Wodehouse flair for language. Jonathan Cecil reads all parts well

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Harriet
  • 09-07-08

Psmith is let down

Although Psmith Journalist is a terrific novel, the recording of it is too muffled to make easy listening. I gave up

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul Park
  • 12-01-15

Jonathan Cecil delivers again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Not only is the book an early gem - one of the only Wodehouse novels that attempts to tackle contemporary social issues such as slum housing and organised crime in New York - it is, as ever, extremely funny and very well read by Jonathan Cecil, who is for my money the best reader of Wodehouse's work on audiobooks.

What other book might you compare Psmith Journalist to, and why?

It is comparable to Wodehouse's other stand-alone work (A Damsel in Distress, Hot Water, Summer Moonshine and so on - there are a few other novels featuring Psmith but they're their own thing) and other semi-comical social commentary, such as John Lanchester's Capital.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Psmith and Billy Windsor holding off the Three Points gang from the roof.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Organised crime and corruption have a new enemy - and its name is Cosy Moments.

Any additional comments?

None needed.

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  • Beesmalls
  • 12-01-15

Great book! Well read

Where does Psmith Journalist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Psmith Journalist is one of the best Wodehouse books. I love this series and this is one of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Psmith travels to America and takes over a quiet housekeeping magazine. Hilarity ensues.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Jonathan Cecil is always good, but if you find a very posh voice annoying, avoid. It suits Wodehouse though.

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

No