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From the author, whom the Times called "a comic genius" and "an old master of farce", are 11 further stories featuring such eccentric characters as Freddie Widgeon, Cyril (Barmy) Fotheringay Phipps, Percy Wimbolt, and Pongo. Young Men in Spats includes the following stories: "Fate", "Tried in the Furnace", "Trouble Down at Tudsleigh", "The Amazing Hat Mystery", "Good-bye to All Cats", "The Luck of the Stiffhams", "Noblesse Oblige", "Uncle Fred Flits By", "Archibald and the Masses", "The Code of the Mulliners", and "The Fiery Wooing of Mordred".

©2012 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2012 AudioGO

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Ha ha ha ha ha!

Game, Wodehouse style

For of course, when it comes to wooing, it's simply half the battle to get a line on the adored object's favorite literature. Ascertain what it is, and mug it up, and decant an excerpt or two in her presence, and before you can say 'what ho', she's looking at you like a kindred old soul and is all over you.

"Trouble Down at Tudsley" in _Young Men In Spats_ by PG Wodehouse

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Spats. Cats. Hats. This Book has Everything.

One of the outstanding collections of Wodehouse short stories. Eleven delightful tales, the best being "Noblesse Oblige", "Uncle Fred Flits By", "Archibald and the Masses", "Trouble Down at Tudsleigh" and "Tried in the Furnace", with everything else running a close second.

"Good-Bye to All Cats" contains what is possibly the funniest description of a character in all of Wodehouse: "She was like a chunk of ice cream with spikes all over it".

I've always thought that the last story, "The Fiery Wooing of Mordred" was a shade off the Master's usual high standards, but I've come to realize that feeling is merely due to the fact that it's the last story--and I know that I'll have to go back to Real Life again once it's over.

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  • Beth
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  • 02-20-13

Can't miss for Wodehouse fans!

What did you love best about Young Men in Spats?

The best thing about this recording is the way Jonathan Cecil delivers the narration--he's an excellent and expressive reader.

What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

His vocal characterizations are amazing and consistent, and a great fit for the material.

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

I've listened to it more than once because I enjoy it so much. This is a collection of short stories featuring different characters from the Wodehouse imagination.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad it's unabridged, because I don't want to miss a word of Wodehouse's humor!

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Old fashioned laughs!

Transport yourself back to the days when collars were separate from shirts, men wore spats, and socks were held up by garters, and enjoy these stories from Wodehouse. In Wodehouse tales, people fell in love at first sight (try writing THAT in a story today!). My favorites were the tales of Freddie, who had quite a few girls who were "the only girl in the world". Of course, he loses each and every one of them. We have a house full of cats (oh so funny) and a "ghost" who paves the way for true love. Add to the mix a visit from Uncle Fred and several Mr. Mulliner tales, and you've got a book that had me laughing out loud numerous times.

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A brilliant collection!

has a huge Wodehouse have fan, I naturally wanted to listen to this but as far as his collections of short stories go this is the best one I've come upon. every story is a gem.

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Fantastic short stories from Drones favorites!

Where does Young Men in Spats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high

What other book might you compare Young Men in Spats to and why?

Jeeves series

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cecil – was your favorite?

Freddie Widgeon

Who was the most memorable character of Young Men in Spats and why?

All of them!

Any additional comments?

I listen to these Jeeves/Drones books by Wodehouse/Cecil mainly at bedtime so I don't always get the entire gist -- these little short stories about chasing girls, gambling, drinking too much, etc are great for light-hearted humor at bedtime!

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A terrific combination

Everything I've ever heard of J Cecil reading Wodehouse has been fantastic! I have several of these and listen to them over and over again.