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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
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.
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.
Psmith and Billy Windsor holding off the Three Points gang from the roof.
Organised crime and corruption have a new enemy - and its name is Cosy Moments.
Psmith Journalist is one of the best Wodehouse books. I love this series and this is one of the best.
Psmith travels to America and takes over a quiet housekeeping magazine. Hilarity ensues.
Jonathan Cecil is always good, but if you find a very posh voice annoying, avoid. It suits Wodehouse though.
"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.
"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.
I'm with Frank. I love Wodehouse and Jonathan Cecil but I can't listen to this.
"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.
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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.
This book is great. But, 'Leave It To Psmith' is still the funniest ever.
Outstanding as always!
"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.
"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.
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.
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