Listen free for 30 days

Something Fresh

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Blandings Castle, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

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...

Click here to see all the titles in our P.G. Wodehouse collection.
©2014 P. G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." (Douglas Adams)
"For Wodehouse there has been no fall of Man....The gardens of Blandings Castle are the original gardens of Eden from which we are all exiled." (Evelyn Waugh)
What members say
Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    171
  • 4 Stars
    71
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    175
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    12
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    4
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    144
  • 4 Stars
    61
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

amusing wodehouse

excellent comical story full of eccentric characters and capturing the era.
The readers voice and style is absolutely right for the book.
I would have given it 5 stars other than for one minor irritation.It appears to have been slightly "americanised" as there are instances of flats being rented in dollars and things like people standing on sidewalks.l haven't read the original and I have nothing against American expressions but it doesn't seem to fit with how I assume the characters would have spoken.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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. 😂

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great introduction to Blandings!

I an a huge fan of the writing of P G Wodehouse . There is such a gentle timeless quality to the world he creates. And there is great comic writing in the eccentric characters he creates. I thoroughly recommend this introduction to the Blandings and the lovable Lord Emsworth happily floating through life and his beloved Blandings castle. If you enjoy 'Three men in a boat' or 'Diary of a nobody' then this is in the same style.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great fun

I have watched episodes of the Blandings on TV. Excellent as they are, I prefer the audiobook. A well written story brought to life by an excellent voice actor. A great way to relax and watch the world go by.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Jonathan Cecil, perfect casting.

My first Blandings novel. Must get on with the rest now. The scene where the poor secretary, Baxter tumbles into Ashe and Emerson in the dark is one of the great laugh out loud scenes in the Wodehouse Canon. Similarly, Ashe being subjected to the butler, Beach's litany of ailments. Great fun.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A superb combination

The best P G Wodehouse narrator is, undoubtedly, the late Jonathan Cecil. This is the first Blandings story and it is excellent. JC's performance makes any Wodehouse novel or short story come to life.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An excellent story well worth a listen

A classic, very well narrated. All of the characters feel alive and have a voice which adds to their depth and nature.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Virginia Waldron
  • 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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Rakhesh Sasidharan
  • Rakhesh Sasidharan
  • 29-05-16

Great story! Wonderful narration.

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • 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!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Sarah
  • 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.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Abhay
  • 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.