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Summary

The ivied walls of Blandings Castle have seldom glowed as sunnily as in these wonderful stories - but there are snakes in the rolling parkland ready to nip Clarence, the absent-minded Ninth Earl of Emsworth, when he least expects it.

For a start the Empress of Blandings, in the running for her first prize in the Fat Pigs Class at the Shropshire Agricultural Show, is off her food ­- and can only be coaxed back to the trough by a call in her own language. Then there is the feud with Head Gardener McAllister, aided by Clarence's sister, the terrifying Lady Constance, and the horrible prospect of the summer fête - twin problems solved by the arrival of a delightfully rebellious little girl from London. But first of all there is the vexed matter of the custody of the pumpkin.

Skipping an ocean and a continent, Wodehouse also treats us to some unputdownable stories of excess from the monstrous Golden Age of Hollywood.

©1971 The Estate of P.G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Andrew
  • Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
  • 09-08-10

Wodehouse at his best.

Hilarious vintage Wodehouse, superbly rendered by James Saxon. The stories had me chortling, and Saxon's readings just hit the spot. Superb stuff.

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disappointing

I misrakenly thought all the stories would be based at Blandings with the usual cast of wonderful characters. However many of the tales related to adventures in the US with less interesting individuals. I would not have chosen this one had I realised. Good narrator.

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  • Dr
  • Ballymoney, United Kingdom
  • 07-04-13

More than just Blandings

The book starts with Blandings, Lord Emsworth, the Empress and a scary battalion of powerful women. Classic Wodehouse set amongst the aristocracy. The wit is sharper then Lady Constance's voice. The second part of the book contains Mr Mulliner stories, which are less well known and set in Hollywood, where Wodehouse worked writing scripts. They are not what you would expect if your only experience of Wodehouse are the TV series. Thoroughly recommend, a book to listen to again and again.

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This book contains seperate stories

Just calling each track a chapter is useless! They're stories, with seperate titles. Not being able to tell which chapter is which story and even which stories are in the book, is so annoying. And surely not rocket science to remedy. And it's the same on all Audible short story collections, it seems.

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Short story jewels

Each story is a perfect glistening example of a masterly technique. Utterly frivolous and inconsequential and yet full of a profound and sympathetic humanity.

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James Saxon sounds like a tractor! Avoid!

James Saxon, is like Gordon Griffin, a horrible reader with one single monotone voice for all characters, but where Gordon Griffin sounds like mild sandpaper, James Saxon sounds like a tractor backfiring. He ruins every book he reads, from Ngaio Marsh to P.G. Wodehouse. GET JOHN WELLS TO READ THESE!