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Publisher's Summary

The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. And Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion, there are two of them: both intent on a dangerous enterprise.
© Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." (Douglas Adams)
"For Wodehouse there has been no fall of Man....The gardens of Blandings Castle are the original gardens of Eden from which we are all exiled." (Evelyn Waugh)

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Pure Rollicking Fun

If you want a bit of fun, this book is for you. The narrator is perfect for the story. I enjoyed this book immensely. It has all the elements that you would expect of a P.G. Wodehouse story. If you like this sort of comedy, you won't regret listening to this. Jonathan Cecil really reflects the class and era of the story's setting. Utterly charming and delightful in every way. I loved it.

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Great story! Wonderful narration.

Loved it! Absolutely loved it!! Excellent narration. Perfect for the story and it's characters.

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Lovely

One of the sweeter Wodehousian stories, wherein everyone is paired off with beautiful ease. Excellent narrator. I'm off to add all to my wish list!

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  • Sarah
  • Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • 12-18-08

Fantastic!

I bought the Frederick Davidson version of this first and thought it was terrible; then I listened to this version and realized what a tremendous difference a good narrator can make. This is a great Blandings Castle story - the first one in the Blandings series, I think - and has great sub-plots and some truly hilarious lines. And Jonathan Cecil - as usual - does a terrific job of reading it.

Makes me wish that Audible would hurry up and get some of the Blandings series dramatizations, actually (Jonathan Cecil appears in the Jeeves dramatizations, incidentally - he's clearly got a good grasp of the tone of Wodehouse material).

Highly recommended.

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  • Abhay
  • mumbaiIndia
  • 08-05-08

something less fresh than pg's standard excellence

this is one of the master humourist's lesser offerings.
it sounds a little stale for those who are avid fans. for first meeters with pg wodehouses, it gives a great introdcution.

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  • Seimon
  • 06-25-09

Breathtaking

I am a huge fan of P G Wodehouse, and thought that I had devoured all of his books which were available in audio format. However, when I came across this one I realised that I had missed the jewel of the collection. Something Fresh is, in my opinion, Wodehouse's most enchanting book. The name really says it all; listen and be delighted!

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  • Mrs. E. D'agostino
  • 09-22-17

Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've listened to quite a few of PG Wodehouse's books and enjoyed them all but there was something about this one, the story wasn't quite so fantastical or convoluted, that really made it stand out for me.

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  • Mrs. P.
  • 01-27-17

Can't beat it for a bit of a lighthearted frivolous read!

If you love Bertie Worcester and Jeeves then you'll love this too! Just as silly and fun. 😂

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  • Mikey
  • 11-04-14

Pleasant listening

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This was the downside for me. Had it been a different narrator I would have been more likely to award this another two stars. If anyone had been sat opposite the barrator during this recording they would have received the weather and the news, if you take my meaning.

Any additional comments?

A pleasurable listen, an easy to follow blast from the "old English" past.

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  • Anne
  • 04-01-12

Pity about the narrator

I love PG Wodehouse, but I found this very difficult to listen to due to the narrator's style. Often there seemed to be no breath between sentences, which made for an unnatural and uncomfortable listen. I won't be buying books narrated by Cecil again. Pity

4 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-17

Just like a snowball, only different

Imagine a snowball cascading down a slope of snow. As it continues, it's gets bigger and bigger. Calamity is drawing nearer, and the consequences get worse. This is PG Wodehouse. And this is this story plot to a T.

It's the kind of story that has drama at every turn, and the plot just thickens. The characters are perfect, and the atmosphere is accurate. And just a like a snowball, the plot just gets bigger and bigger, calamity draws nearer, and the consequences get worse.

And the ending? Well that's a perfect authors twist.

Take heed and listen to it, and be sure to stay on your guard. You may easily miss out on important details....