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Another great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-05-15

Another Blandings novel written in superb style. Very clever plots Interweaved as only Wodehouse can.

Narration very clear and engaging

Supurb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-15

Where does The House of Silk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

probably the best, Derek Jacobi is absolutely superb as the narrator and helped by a gripping, new plot but amongst a well loved so familiar character set

What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Silk?

the ending, a triple twist is pretty impressive to achieve

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

his ability to swap between the elderly narrator when old and the narrator at the time of the action

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no, but i pretty much ignored any outside stimulus whilst listening to it!

New take on an old friend

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-14

What made the experience of listening to Longbourn the most enjoyable?

If like me, you know the story of P&P off by heart, you should read this new take on an old friend. Be warned though, it doesn't carry the comic element of the original but is written with a gritty realism that can make the reader uncomfortable at times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think it was her description of Mr Wickham that was most enlightening. In the original so much is uncertain in his character, how he could fool Elizabeth and appear both honourable and despicable at the same time, but this story leaves one with no illusions as to what he was really like.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The original book makes one feel for the poor Bennett sisters who are portrayed as being socially disadvantaged, but this book makes one realise how far further down the disadvantaged scale there is to slide.

13 people found this helpful

Dynamite indeed

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

funny and witty as ever, Wodehouse at his best (again). It never ceases to amaze me that the same basic plots are repeated over and over in Wodehouse and yet they come fresh at you everytime.

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

Cecil can do the english local accents wonderfully, even his women sound plausible

6 people found this helpful

Mike and Psmith

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-13

Where does Mike and Psmith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have recently discovered Psmith read by Jonathan Cecil. There is no doubting the superiority of the later books and Cecil's narration has become the voice of Psmith, but if you enjoy the characters then this book is a must. Despite it being one of Wodehouse's earlier attempts, it is well written and thank goodness he went on to develop the characters as they because older. Graham Seed reads well.

What other book might you compare Mike and Psmith to, and why?

Wodehouse's golfing stories.

What three words best describe Graham Seed’s performance?

clear, well-paced voice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The answer to life the universe and everything is...cricket.

Any additional comments?

This book should be more widely read, as should Psmith himself.

5 people found this helpful

Across the pond humour

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-13

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

3 people found this helpful

Another superb performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-12

A real treat for PSmith and blending a fans. Jonathan Cecil performs all characters brilliantly making this a real pleasure to listen to.

The only disappointment is Wodehouse didn't write any more with PSmith as secretary.

1 person found this helpful

Charles Dickens

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-12

I am a fan of Dickens' work, but have always felt uncomfortable with his treatment of his wife. This slow, well researched book helps to shed a more human, vulnerable light on the author. As usual anything written by Claire Tomalin will is well worth the read.

6 people found this helpful