Leave It to Psmith

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Psmith, Book 4, Drones Club, Book 4, Blandings Castle, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

©1923 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGo

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  • 07-14-16

Can I give this a 10 stars?

So funny, the narration is a superb performance. I finished the book and went right back to re-listen. Did I say very funny?

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Pure Joy

If you're a fan of this sort of thing, the beautiful language, absurd situations, wonderful caricatures, and extremely mild plot line, then you can't find better than Wodehouse. I wish there were a thousand of these stories.

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The Problem with Audio Books Is...

...that when you've heard one performance of a work, that becomes "the" performance for you. And when you've heard a book read by the incomparable Frederick Davidson (a.k.a. David Case) that reading becomes "THE" reading. No other performance will do.

Such is the case with this particular recording of Leave It To Psmith. As I listen, I am constantly reminded of how much more juice Davidson got out of that line. And that line, too. And the next one. Golden moments of irony or innuendo are passed up. Sentences seemed rushed through. The character of Psmith--a Wodehouse creation of the first rank, standing with Ukeridge as among his most engaging and unique--simply sits there. His lofty unconcern for his circumstances, his unconquerable gift for persiflage in the face of every challenge, are simply not expressed in Jonathan Cecil's vocal portrayal.

Then there is his diction. Simply put, the ends of words seem to be missing. Final s's are nonexistent. Ending syllables evaporate. There's a fault with Cecil's enunciation or the recording is faulty. Either way, it's annoying and distracting.

It's sad because Leave It To Psmith, though often overlooked or underrated, is really one of Wodehouse's very best efforts.

What to do? The cry goes round the clubs: shall this Psmith be returned to store? Yes indeed. I'm only in the middle of chapter 2 but I give up...and patiently await the day when Audible will be able to give us a wider selection of Frederick Davidson's performances from the Wodehouse shelf.

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Just Fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leave it to Psmith?

It wasn't a single moment, just a few hours of enjoyable fluff.

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

Half and half. It was one I wanted to go on longer. It isn't a page turner, like some mysteries, but a pleasant escape, like a picnic on a perfect Spring day.

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Laugh out loud

Yeah, it’s a cliche, but how many books can manage to make you laugh out loud? I absolutely adore P.G. Wodehouse and bless his books as romps and larks of an order today’s writers can’t hope to reproduce. When you absolutely can only take airy humor bc you’ve been on a Melville binge for two weeks then Wodehouse is to adults as cartoons were to us as kids. Not to mention that the guy was prolific as hell, so no point sparing his books, dig in and go bc there is such an endless supply (not to mention can be read twice and thrice over). Wodehouse would describe this review as the gushings of a school girl but what of that?

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Funniest book I've read

Extremely witty, fantastic narration, classic. I loved the book from beginning to end and laughed out loud.

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quintessential Wodehouse

blandings is my favorite Wodehouse setting, and here we get it with its characters, plus psmith as protagonist

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One of the best from Wodehouse

This little number was one of the most adroitly plotted frolics Wodehouse produced. Trying to untangle the yarn would only spoil it for a listener who has not yet had the pleasure of hearing it. I will just say it was a very fun non-Jeeves/Wooster tale to lighten the day and Jonathan Cecil did an excellent job of narration.

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One of the very best Wodehouses

This is one of my very favorites. It combines the hilarious character of Psmith with Blandings Castle. Psmith preserves his aplomb through many bizarre situations, and the loathsome Mr. Baxter gets his comeuppance. There were many laugh-out-loud moments, and Jonothan Cecil is truly the perfect Wodehouse reader.

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I’ve read this a few times

I’ve read this a few times. It is one of my favorites. The only thing I don’t like about it is you get to read it the first time only once. Which isn’t a defect of the book.