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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (229 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: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455170678
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When Jimmy Pitt bets an actor friend that any fool could burgle a house, offering to demonstrate the feat that very night, he puts his reputation on the line. He hires the services of a professional burglar, but his difficulties are increased when he has the misfortune to select police captain McEachern’s house for the burglary. And imagine Jimmy’s consternation when he learns that Captain McEachern’s daughter is none other than the beautiful Molly, whom he has worshipped from afar for quite some time.

From New York, the action of the story moves to Dreever Castle in Shropshire, England, where Jimmy’s bird comes home to roost—with a vengeance. Filled with the sights, smells, and sounds of rural England, A Gentleman of Leisure contains all the wit and humor we have come to expect from the inimitable P. G. Wodehouse.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The reader, Frederick Davidson, has a very interesting voice and uses it well to bring the various characters to life.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Davidson’s] light characterizations of the British male uppercrust come off well…the story is hilarious.”

    AudioFile

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner in 1993

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Law | 1/9/2014

    " Fairly typically Wodehouse here, so an enjoyable light romantic comedy - comfort reading for what ails you. One of his better solo novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/30/2013

    " Wodehouse, read in a day at the Clifty Falls Inn between swims. Not my favorite, but still full of the Joy That Is Wodehouse for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/3/2013

    " After more than one of the scenes felt shockingly familiar, I began to fear that Wodehouse had recycled a plot: upon investigation, I discovered that I'd read an earlier (1909) version of this same story called The Gem Collector. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 8/26/2013

    " Audiobook version fabulous, in the vein of "Importance of Being Earnest." Frederick Davidson is a fabulous narrator. "

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

    " A fun,light read. Written in 1922, the phrases and slang from both the Bowery and English countryside are quite entertaining. I had to smile each time the author made a point of mentioning "electric" light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni Hansen | 10/31/2012

    " I downloaded this from Librivox and had a thoroughly good time. There was only one volunteer reader for this book and he was actually very good. PG Woodhouse is always good to listen to while driving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 2/3/2010

    " His books are quite predictable, but enjoyable when I'm in between other stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bharathi Rajeswaran | 7/26/2009

    " ummmmmmm........... its witty what more can i say.... just go through it for the heck of it.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prasad GR | 3/2/2009

    " Not the usual Wodehouse stuff but enjoyable nonetheless. And this offers a ringside view of the master honing his craft. Thank you Librivox for making my bicycle rides pleasant! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian | 9/30/2007

    " Entertaining early romantic comedy, themed around Americans in Europe (UK) as was typical of Wodehouse plots during this period. The over-the-top dialect of the the New York burglar does wear a bit thin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Osborne | 7/24/2004

    " Also known as "The Intrusion of Jimmy". Likeable characters abound in this tale of Americans and Brits, diamonds and detectives, crooks and Peers of the Realm. Not as many laugh out loud moments as in a Bertie Wooster story or a Blandings Castle tale, but a cute story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 5/12/2003

    " Wonderfully romantic Wodehouse! As is generally the case, the female lead was a bit underdeveloped, but the masterful hero, Jimmy Pitt, was swoon-worthy. "

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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.