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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,671 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781455170807
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P.G. Wodehouse is at his whimsical best as the characters of Belpher Castle muddle through impending catastrophes and ill-considered love affairs in this comedy of errors.

George Bevan, an American composer of musicals, is in England to attend the performance of one. But when the Lady Patricia Maud Marsh slips into his taxi, he is drawn into the frivolous intrigues of Belpher Castle. Maud has mistaken George for another American she once fell in love with. She is attempting to escape her aunt, Lady Carolyn Byrd, who is trying to marry Maud off to her step-son, Reginald. Meanwhile, her father, Lord John Marshmoreton, has fallen in love with an actress. As the Castle servants make bets on their Lords’ and Ladies’ capricious attachments, Wodehouse weaves a jaunty satire that will leave readers breathless with its twists and antics.

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  • “Good gad! Belpher Castle is a-dither with romance and intrigue. Wodehouse’s usual twits are in full cry as they leap about the manicured landscape…Reader Frederick Davidson portrays each character perfectly, sorting them out for the listener. His portrayal of Reggie, the wealthy and earnest American composer, is wonderful, and the women—ingenues and aunts—are very sweet or dragonish, depending.”

    AudioFile

  • “This might be nearly eighty years old, but the humor is still darned funny, ranging from snickers to giggles to an occasional laugh-out-loud guffaw…Beautifully read, semi-voiced by Davidson, each character takes on depth and identity with just the right pace and tone.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 2/17/2014

    " My favorite Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R.L. | 2/5/2014

    " My favorite of the Wodehouse novels so far. A good-natured comedy of errors. Love is involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/28/2014

    " Typical, hilarious Wodehouse. I went through a phase during which PG Wodehouse novels sustained me emotionally, and this is one of the titles I remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni Hansen | 1/24/2014

    " Words cannot describe how much I love to read P.G. Wodehouse! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 1/17/2014

    " P.G. Wodehouse is always a delight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 angie | 1/8/2014

    " The first time I read P.G. Wodehouse I almost fell off my couch with laughter. If you were a fan of "Frasier" and enjoyed the good years of that sitcom, this might be your cup of tea. I can't help but wonder if the writers were fans of Wodehouse. DAMSEL IN DISTRESS, long before any t.v. show did, showed just how a simple misunderstanding could quickly become messy and quite entertaining... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 12/22/2013

    " This is the first P.G. Wodehouse book that I've read that wasn't Jeeves, and it was just as entertaining. This story of multiple mixed up romances is the perfect thing for one of those times you just want to read something light, fun, and old-fashioned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Dobrowolski | 12/9/2013

    " Not my favorite Wodehouse book, but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/8/2013

    " This is a great non-Jeeves story.... and Wodehouse also collaborated on the 30's movie version with Fred Astaire, George Burns, and Gracie Allen! Both book and movie are worth your time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 12/5/2013

    " Very funny, light read. Will definitely read more of Wodehouse. Love that I can get a lot of these books free on my kindle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/17/2013

    " A light fluffy book to enjoy after some heavy reading. Twists and tangles of romance among the British upper class. Typical Wodehouse, filled with humor and ridiculous situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 11/17/2013

    " It was P.G. Wodehouse - of course it was fabulous! Silly, good fun.:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunny Singh | 10/29/2013

    " :) Classic P G Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/1/2013

    " Rollicking good fun. Lots of entertaining twists and turns in the plot. What else can I say - thoroughly enjoyable. Light and quick reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 7/28/2013

    " Enjoyable and fast-paced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/23/2013

    " Absolutely loved it as a light and fun read... Loads of giggles, confusion and a great ending... If you like Jeeves and Wooster this is a must read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruchi | 4/9/2013

    " After a really long time ,a book that made me laugh out loud!!Brilliant stuff!!This was my first wodehouse ,won't be last!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CatholicBibliophagist | 3/1/2013

    " Reading P.G. Wodehouse is like eating bread and jam: I always know what I am getting and I am always pleased. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ailish | 10/16/2012

    " Not one of Wodehouse's best, but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ankita Gour | 6/28/2012

    " would love to see it if it ever got adapted into a movie. it would make a nice romcom :) the ending was beautiful. PGW has lived up to the hype! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 5/30/2012

    " Absolutely charming comedy, and meatier than the other Wodehouse books I have read of late. I got a bit lost in the number of characters, but that happens when you let attention to a book lapse for a few weeks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 12/15/2011

    " I love Wodehouse! If you haven't read him, you really should. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/7/2011

    " The best so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qi Zeng | 8/31/2011

    " Wodehouse at his usual best in this light farce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 6/13/2011

    " This is my first Wodehouse, and I will definitely read a few more! Very witty, charming, clever, great vocabulary. I laughed out loud several times. Written for adults, light reading that requires some thought to understand. I very much enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/8/2011

    " If laughter is the best medicine, then Wodehouse is right up there with penicillin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwenyth | 5/23/2011

    " I especially love the P.G. Wodehouse books where he gets his golf freak on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/4/2011

    " A light, humorous book along the lines of The Importance of Being Earnest. A delight to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 4/16/2011

    " A very charming P.G. Wodehouse. Silly but tender is the best description I can think of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 4/15/2011

    " I wasn't too thrilled with this one. The story was entertaining, but incredibly predictable. Additionally, there were parts that just rambled on, causing me to skim... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 3/18/2011

    " Woodhouse never fails to delight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qi | 3/15/2011

    " Wodehouse at his usual best in this light farce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 3/7/2011

    " Words cannot describe how much I love to read P.G. Wodehouse! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starliam | 2/10/2011

    " Una lettura piacevolissima! Chi conosce e apprezza lo stile di Wodehouse (e anche chi non lo conosce) non può lasciarsi sfuggirequesta storia piena di equivoci spassosi e situazioni talmente assurde da non poter essere che vere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seema | 1/25/2011

    " Witty and hilarious....PG wodehouse style "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/19/2011

    " An enjoyable early Wodehouse. It didn't have the number of laugh-out-loud moments that I find in the best Jeeves & Wooster stories and novels, and it took a while to get going, but there were still several moments that I really enjoyed (such as the tearoom scene near the end.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/3/2011

    " Jolly man, worth getting into. Writers credentials initial merit and a friend. "

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About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre– and post–World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.