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Something Fresh Audiobook

Something Fresh

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Publisher's Summary

This is the first Blandings novel, in which P.G. Wodehouse introduces us to the delightfully dotty Lord Emsworth, his bone-headed younger son, the Hon. Freddie Threepwood, his log-suffering secretary, the Efficient Baxter, and Beach the Blandings butler.

As Wodehouse wrote, 'without at least one imposter on the premises, Blandings Castle is never itself'. In Something Fresh there are two, each with an eye on a valuable Egyptian amulet which Lord Emsworth has acquired without quite realizing how it came into his pocket. But of course things get a lot more complicated than this...

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What the Critics Say

"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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    Seimon Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom 25/06/2009
    Seimon Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom 25/06/2009 Member Since 2005
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    "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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 04/11/2014
    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 04/11/2014 Member Since 2014

    My perfect night in: Cup of tea, all my wonderful audible books and dramas and a comfortable seat on top of my bed. Nuf sed'

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    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Orpington, United Kingdom 01/04/2012
    Anne Orpington, United Kingdom 01/04/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "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

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Virginia Waldron
    28/05/12
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rakhesh Sasidharan
    29/05/16
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    "Great story! Wonderful narration."

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    28/05/10
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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
    18/12/08
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abhay
    mumbaiIndia
    05/08/08
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    "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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