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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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  • Seimon
  • Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
  • 25-06-09

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!

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Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've listened to quite a few of PG Wodehouse's books and enjoyed them all but there was something about this one, the story wasn't quite so fantastical or convoluted, that really made it stand out for me.

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Can't beat it for a bit of a lighthearted frivolous read!

If you love Bertie Worcester and Jeeves then you'll love this too! Just as silly and fun. 😂

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Wodehouse as perfect as only he knows how

In Wodehouse it is perpetual summer. And so listening to him wonderfully narrated in the best English summer for 40 years adds a layer of perfection that feels impossible!

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funny tale of an age gone by.

Very funny story involving a lot of dramatic irony. The hon. Freddy and the Earl of Emsworth are two of literature's funniest characters. This is not a book that will teach you the meaning of life or is of any great literary significance however it will make you laugh at times and generally smile all the way to the end.

Very well read if a slightly strange American accent at time.

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  • Mikey
  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 04-11-14

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.

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A pleasurable listen, an easy to follow blast from the "old English" past.

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  • Anne
  • Orpington, United Kingdom
  • 01-04-12

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

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  • Virginia Waldron
  • 28-05-12

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.

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  • Rakhesh Sasidharan
  • 29-05-16

Great story! Wonderful narration.

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-10

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
  • 18-12-08

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.

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  • Abhay
  • 05-08-08

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.