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Leave it to Psmith

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Drones Club, Blandings Castle, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Summary

Lady Constance Keeble, sister of Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle, has both an imperious manner and a valuable diamond necklace.

The precarious peace of Blandings is shattered when her necklace becomes the object of dark plottings, for within the castle lurk some well connected jewel thieves - among them the Honourable Freddie Threepwood, Lord Emsworth's younger son, who wants the reward money to set up a bookmaking business.

Psmith, the elegant socialist, is also after it for his newly married chum Mike. And on patrol with the impossible task of bringing management to Blandings is the Efficient Baxter, whose strivings for order lead to a memorable encounter with the castle flowerpots.

Will peace ever return to Blandings Castle...?

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    4 out of 5 stars

A classic Wodehouse

This is a tale of life at Blandings Castle, the home of Lord Emsworth, short-sighted peer, and a true lover of flowers. Psmith is the hero, a perfect gentleman, and his affection for his own voice and the way he tends to 'run on' is most amusingly told. The story encompasses the plans of various parties to steal Aunt Constance's diamond necklace, but of course there is romance, villainy, and Wodehouse's usual masterly turn of phrase along the way. All the threads are gathered perfectly in the obligatory happy ending.

The reading is of course expertly done by Jonathan Cecil, but as with other titles I've listened to, the original cassette tape quality shows through in one or two places.

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Poor audio quality!

Great book, great narrator. But apalling audio quality. But I still listened to the whole story, because it is a great story.

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Totally ruined by muffled recording.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Any Wodehouse will enjoy this story. However, it sounds like it's been ripped by a well worn out cassette Most of the time the recording is so muffled, you can hardly hear it and the quality seems to alter every 30 minutes or so, thus reinforcing that supposition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Favorite character has to be The Hon Freddie.

What aspect of Jonathan Cecil’s performance might you have changed?

The bits that aren't muffled are good. Maybe the dreadful American accents could have been better.....

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leave it to Psmith?

As it's unabridged, none... Doh.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money on this version.
It's so badly dubbed from tape that it'll just drive you mad. I can only assume Audible picked up a tape at some car boot sale and used it to convert to MP3..
I've been playing this in the car and I have the volume turned up full on both MP3 player and car audio up loud and it's still only just bearable, but attention tends to wonder off as the experience is just not good, and I'm being polite.
Not had this problem with any other Audible title...... so far......But I suspect the other Blandings recordings might suffer from same effect....

In one word: Dreadful.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Ripping yarn, poor sound quality

I love the Wodehouse stories - and Jonathan Cecil is an excellent reader. I've got several others, so bought this one without a second thought.



The sound quality is really inconsistent. There are long pauses in the narrative and some of the "cues" have been left in (I think mistakenly). Sometimes it sounds great, other times (often in the middle of a chapter) it'll suddenly switch to sounding like the reader is at the opposite end of a very long tube.



All in all - worth it if you like the story, but the sound quality affected my enjoyment of the book.

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  • julia
  • Stow on the Wold, United Kingdom
  • 29-10-12

Another superb performance

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 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of the best of Wodehouse: Blandings and Psmith

I've listened to this so many times. Psmith is the best character in Wodehouse and this book tells of his visit to Blandings.

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One of the very best books I've ever read

This is the most perfect Wodehouse I've read, my first time listening after reading three times. Wodehouse has such perfect rhythm and style, all the lines flow with beauty and elegance.

Cecil does all the main voices very well, some of the minor characters come in and out a bit but a very good effort on the whole. The editing could have been slightly better with some volume changes and lower quality sections.

Nevertheless it's an easy 5 stars on both counts for me.

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Wodehouse vividly brought to life

I greatly enjoyed the characterisation of the different parts.

The narration is most pleasing to the ear.

The plot lends itself well to being listened to.

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brilliant

Typical Wodehouse/Blandings, very funny and very well narrated Plot seldom changes but who really cares?

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Excellent - except for very poor recording quality

Unusually for an Audible product the recording was of poor and inconsistent quality. A great number of chapters suffered from muddy and unfocused sound which was a pity since the story and the performance were everything one could wish for in a Wodehouse novel.

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  • Fredtopia
  • 19-03-07

Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things

This book is fantastic, one of my favorite titles by Wodehouse. While listening to this title, I had an epiphany about the inspiration and influence that Douglas Adams found in the work of P.G. Wodehouse, especially for the Dirk Gently series by Adams - my absolute favorite books. The writing style, clever use of the English language, and the fundamental interconnectedness of all things (including all elements of the plot) brought me to a new of appreciation of both authors' work.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Abigail
  • 06-11-07

Another little Gem by Wodehouse

Many modern comic authors state their admiration of Wodehouse and it is easy to see why. These books are such fun. This book is packed with wild schemes, comically desperate situations, a henpecked husband and a number of monetary troubles that might be solves by the theft of a necklace. The whole tale is told with the typical comic warmth of a Wodehouse story. My only complaint is that the audio quality could be a little better. It seems that no one has bothered to clean up the recording since it was a book on tape (Last one I listened to by the same narrator had left in a direction to turn the tape to side to at one point). So the volume and clarity go in and out from chapter to chapter. However, it is still easily listened to and the narration is quite good.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • NJ
  • 18-03-06

Best of the Psmith series

If you are new to Wodehouse, “Leave it to Psmith” is a great place to start. I was so happy to see that Chivers finally released the title to Audible. Jonathan Cecil’s reading is more of a performance, than a reading, both rich and full of character; Cecil’s voice brings Wodehouse to life. The story contains several of my best loved Wodehouse moments, the infamous “pale parabola of joy”, the wonderful image of a muddily yet efficient secretary throwing flower pots thought windows, along with a pistol wielding poetess.

My advice, scoop this one up, and fast.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Womble
  • 25-10-12

Delightful

This is my first encounter with Psmith. Such a fabulous creation, and I particularly loved hearing him in action at Blandings. I'm now off to find more Psmith, as this is exactly the kind of escapism I need on my commute!

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  • Maxwell
  • 18-10-13

Sound quality problems mar an otherwise good read

This audio strongly gives the impression of having been cheaply transferred from cassette. The sound is generally muddied, making the narrator hard to understand, There are alsoinexplicable changes in volume and sound quality (for some sections of the book, the sound goes clear, and much louder.) The end result is a good book that I find myself struggling to listen to. Please, Audible, consider getting a sound engineer to clean this one up!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn C
  • 10-09-12

One of Wodehouse's Best

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This is P. G. Wodehouse at his best. The writing is witty, the characters are interesting, the plot hopelessly complicated, and imposters abound (as is always the case at Blandings Castle.) Jonathan Cecil is an excellent reader for this and other Wodehouse novels--the voices, the timing, the inflections. Highly recommended.

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  • Martin
  • 02-05-12

First Class

Jonathan Cecil is, in my opinion, the best of the many narrators of Wodehouse, and Leave It to Psmith one of the funniest Wodehouse novels, both of which are saying a good deal. This is very highly entertaining and will not disappoint fans of Psmith or Blandings.

My only reservation is that, although this audiobook has been issued on CD and is available for MP3 download elsewhere, Audible's copy is taken from cassettes, and the sound quality is accordingly variable.

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  • Krysta
  • 07-03-12

LOVE Psmith & Cecil

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

Psmith is the best of Wodehouse's characters--better even than Bertie & Jeeves--and Jonathan Cecil is the king of Wodehouse narrators.

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  • shelley
  • 18-06-12

Hilarious!

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

I want everyone to read P G Wodehouse

What did you like best about this story?

Baxter and the flowerpots

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

Psmith of course!

Who was the most memorable character of Leave it to Psmith and why?

Lord Emsworth

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read Wodehouse to brighten their day

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • L
  • 02-09-18

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Excellent story, of course (a given from Wodehouse!), and a wonderful narrator but the audio quality is a little off. Slightly muffled and fuzzy, though still listenable - I just had to listen through my phone which has crisper, sharper tones, rather than a speaker.