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Summary

The Collected Blandings Short Stories.

Blandings Castle is the home of Lord Emsworth, who likes nothing better than to potter at home in his enormous castle garden. But his rural idyll is once again set to be disturbed in these nine hilarious fables. No peace is possible when his sister Constance is let loose, and she is constantly trying to reorganise the household and its inhabitants! Without great success....

The nieces are unhappy, McAllister leaves at a difficult time, and then The Empress of Blandings - Emsworth's prize pig - goes off her pig-food! Put all this against the continuing complicated love affairs of Freddie Threepwood, not to mention Lord Emsworth's own love interests, and the stage is once more set for classic Wodehouse hilarity!

©2012 Canongate Books (P)2012 Canongate Books

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Wonderfuld stories and narration BUT

Star rating refers to stories and narration, recording leaves much to be desired.

Wodehouse never fails to amuse and Martin Jarvis never fails to get the characters` voices right BUT, Oh dear! Whoever arranged them for Audible download needs their head examined! No sooner has a story reached the end than the title of the next story is announced. No gap - almost no time for a breath! There should be a gap of at least two seconds - as it is there is no time to pause one`s Kindle in order to cease listening until the `next time`.Really, really aggravating.

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Excellent but gaps too short

This book is excellent. I have been in rapturous laughter upon the tube and various buses in London. PG Woodhouse's prose is as ever wonderful and glorious, his stories witty, meandering and some how exactly the kind of light relief one needs in the modern day. The performance is perfect. How the reader is able to convey such a variety of voices, expression and onomatopoeia so well is marvel.

There is one issue which leaves a bad taste, the pauses between the short stories are far too short, sometimes not even a breath! This should be fixed and is a disappointment. It means one is unable to linger on the climax of said story.

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Blandings and PG Wodehouse at their best...

Brilliant and gentle. A witty and delightful potter through the Emsworth chronicles. Superbly read by Martin Jarvis..

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  • Mr
  • 30-07-13

Magical collection of the best of Lord Emsworth!

Where does Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The combination of P.G. Wodehouse's sublime prose and the brilliant narration and characterisation by Martin Jarvis is simply too good to miss. Pure joy.

What other book might you compare Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best to, and why?

Martin Jarivs has narrated a number of P.G. Wodehouse books. Get them all.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are scenes of great humour and farce, fabulous plot twists, wonderful characters and, finally, a few scenes that are really touching.

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

These stories put you into a World you don't want to leave.

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  • Charmianne
  • 08-05-18

No gap between stories!

Like other reviewers before me, I was annoyed by the lack of any appreciable gap or breathing space between the stories in this anthology.
Other than that, Martin Jarvis does a fine job of reading and portraying the various characters in this well loved selection of what I feel is the best of Wodehouse, namely the Blandings stories.

If a little more of a pause between stories was inserted, this would be a five star effort all around.