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4.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 5 4.29 (75 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Psmith Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781482980172
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The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Honorable Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance’s twenty-thousand-pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[P. G. Wodehouse] is known for numerous popular stories and novels about his whimsical upper-class characters: the Honorable Bertie Wooster, Psmith, Mr. Mulliner; Jeeves, the valet, and assorted peers. Much of the humor stems from the idle gentleman. The books contain fantasy, affectionate satire, and the absurd comic situations of farce. The style is very elaborate, full of verbal ingenuity, mock pomposity, and unexpected slang.”

    The Reader’s Encyclopedia

  • “Wodehouse is the funniest writer—that is, the most resourceful and unflagging deliverer of fun—that the human race, a glum crowd, has yet produced.”

    The New Yorker, praise for the author

  • “He who has not met Wodehouse has not lived a full life.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirstin | 2/13/2014

    " A silly but fun little romp "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/8/2014

    " Did not realize this was fourth in a series -- doesn't seem to matter much though. I suppose one of the first three books gives more background on the fish. This is pretty classic Wodehouse - funny, well-crafted fluff. Not as tear-inducingly hilarious as the Jeeves and Wooster stories (because they were earlier in his career? Or because I'm 15 years older now?) but still amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. Eric | 2/2/2014

    " Though not as lovable as Jeeves and Wooster, Psmith is a worthy hero in his own right and should appeal to fans of the former. In this book, Psmith is hit with Cupid's arrow and must find a way to win his love while also taking part in a jewel heist--al for a worthy cause, of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/2/2014

    " I like PG Wodehouse's series much better than his standalones. The character of Psmith had me laughing so much, and the plot was simply wonderful. This is one of those books you pick up and know straight away that whatever happens in the following pages, it's going to be delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/1/2014

    " PGW is so good he makes me want to play tennis. Drunk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skittle Booth | 1/31/2014

    " A well-constructed plot with chapters that end on a perfect note of suspense, but it's all light entertainment. If it were a food, it'd be something like a flavored rice cake. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/22/2014

    " My Uncle Bill gave me a beat up copy of this when I went to London last fall, and it provided many hours of solace and laughter. Mostly laughter. Wodehouse is brilliantly funny, Psmith is one of my favorite characters, and I need all of you to read it as soon as you possibly can. Seriously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/22/2014

    " It's remarkably funny, and there are no dull spots at all. I found myself laughing out loud frequently. Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 1/21/2014

    " One of my top 3 Wodehouse novels. Beautifully written. PGW's description of Blandings stand up to any other pastorals. Also hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/18/2014

    " I adored this book. I was enamored with Psmith, loved most of the other characters, and still liked the rest of them. All the main and supporting characters were interesting, three-dimensional, and dynamic. Classic Wodehouse, which is to say, hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shana | 1/17/2014

    " This is my favorite P. G. Wodehouse book at the moment-I reread and reread this book and it never gets old. Full of coincidences, dry humour, wit, and a certain amount of charm, this book is classic P. G. Wodehouse! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catharyn Sohm | 1/5/2014

    " All time favorite Wodehouse. If I am ever depressed or need a laugh, the chapter with Baxter and the lemon colored pajamas is one of the funniest things I have ever read (every time). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Kramer | 1/5/2014

    " I owe this to the SLATE Culture Gab-Fest, their excellent weekly podcast. They have weekly recommendations and this book and CODE OF THE WOOSTERS (almost finished with it) were the excellent writer Jody Rosen's. I'd never read a Wodehouse before. Now I want to read all of them, and there are MANY. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel Reed | 12/26/2013

    " This book is incredible. It is the first Wodehouse book I've read and I can't wait to start another one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ak Hauck | 12/25/2013

    " Read Wodehouse.....you'll thank me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/25/2013

    " I was concerned that Psmith wouldn't be as good as the Jeeves books, but this was wonderful (although unfortunately lacking in epic bromance). It works very well as a stand alone book, though, so I'm wondering what the others in the Psmith series are like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/21/2013

    " No shame: I'm going to go ahead and admit that I have always meant to read Wodehouse (yeah, I've watched the Fry/Laurie Jeeves and Wooster series too), but I never followed through until after I read E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. More to follow! Yay, Wodehouse! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 12/20/2013

    " If anyone can find a way to cause trouble, it's Psmith of the silent "P." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chriss | 12/18/2013

    " Such a funny and fun book. I checked this copy I read out from the library but I want my own copy now to re-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Kempton | 12/16/2013

    " Reading this story was much like watching a production of Noises Off - light, fast, and seriously funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainbow | 12/15/2013

    " I've *probably* read this? I read a couple Psmith books. You can't go wrong with Wodehouse, but it all tends to mush together into the same book over and over again (hilarious though that book may be) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 12/7/2013

    " PGW is so good he makes me want to play tennis. Drunk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 12/6/2013

    " He's so nonsensical. It's great, light fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/6/2013

    " Humorous in the British way of Wodehouse. The audio version had a good reader who had a nice range of voices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 11/24/2013

    " screamingly British in the best way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth Kolloen | 11/22/2013

    " unbelievably hilarious, even for Wodehouse. possibly yhe perfect comic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 11/11/2013

    " Wodehouse is not for everyone's tastes, but his writing is the most humorous I have ever read. It is always certain to put me in a better frame of mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rusten | 7/18/2013

    " My favorite among the pleasures of wodehouse "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Lee | 7/15/2013

    " Psmith and Blandings - "across the pale parabola of joy " - priceless. A sojourn in earthly paradise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 6/7/2013

    " This is a well written funny novel! Enjoyed the well thought out plot line and wonderful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 6/2/2013

    " I think Wodehouse is an amazing, entertaining author. This book gave me many laughs. It is a little slow at the start, but worth the wait. The main character Psmith gets into many absolutely hilarious situations and the end even has a few surprises. A delightful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 4/26/2013

    " Maybe the funniest Wodehouse book I've read yet. If I haven't tried to persuade you yet, let me try now: I highly recommend Wodehouse, who is captivating and a fantastically graceful writer, and this book is a great one to start with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 3/4/2013

    " So funny, so wonderful, so delightful, so Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D. Eric | 1/11/2013

    " Though not as lovable as Jeeves and Wooster, Psmith is a worthy hero in his own right and should appeal to fans of the former. In this book, Psmith is hit with Cupid's arrow and must find a way to win his love while also taking part in a jewel heist--al for a worthy cause, of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Huxley | 11/12/2012

    " So delightful that only Wodehouse's perfect writing would adequately describe it. Wish I could give it 6 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/21/2012

    " Very fun merging of the Psmith and Blandings Castle stories. Great Wodehousian fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max Korzh | 9/22/2012

    " Hilarious novel. A good one to spend free hour on reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 4/28/2012

    " No shame: I'm going to go ahead and admit that I have always meant to read Wodehouse (yeah, I've watched the Fry/Laurie Jeeves and Wooster series too), but I never followed through until after I read E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. More to follow! Yay, Wodehouse! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/27/2012

    " so awesome. :)haha "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kanika | 4/13/2012

    " Delightful! Always a perfect travel companion :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mattie | 3/14/2012

    " Possibly Wodehouse's most hysterical novel. The inflappable Psmith, Blandings Castles and more crossed up love affairs then anything Bertie can get into. Absolutely indispensible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari | 2/27/2012

    " Very cute and fun book. Light, fluffy, but clever. This was my first Wodehouse book and I would read another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Premila | 2/2/2012

    " awesome read! very witty and funny .... its a gem. cant wait to get the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aditi | 1/28/2012

    " My first Wodehouse. Made the man my personal hero, which, now, many, many more Wodehouse novels later, he shall remain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rissie | 1/24/2012

    " P.G. Wodehouse is a fantastic writer and this book is just as great as the rest. The trouble is, I'm not a huge fan of Psmith as a character. He's a little too ... I don't know what. Maybe I'll have a good descriptor by the time I'm done reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terra | 1/14/2012

    " Oh man, the HUMOR and the WHIMSY! Seriously excellent. I hadn't read any Wodehouse that wasn't of the Jeeves & Wooster variety, so Psmith was something of a revelation. Also, the crazy American scoundrels with their relentless OH GEEs and other amusing and over-the-top 30s slang! Yes please. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/11/2011

    " It is no Jeeves but still lots of laughs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. Smith | 12/3/2011

    " Probably the best Wodehouse when it comes to weaving a plot. This book made it clear his love of Agatha Christie novels in that the smallest mention of something earlier led up to the grand finale--perfect, perfect, perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aamir | 11/25/2011

    " My favorite Wodehouse - just had to be one of his best with Psmith landing at the Blandings Castle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charly | 11/6/2011

    " splendid. pitch-perfect. in short, a pippin from first to last! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Remy | 10/28/2011

    " Probably not fair to just give this a three, when most Wodehouse books are virtually identical anyway and I usually give them a four. It just didn't especially delight me or stand out. My mood, maybe? The fact that I was reading an old pocket paperback with awfully yellowed pages? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth Kolloen | 10/5/2011

    " unbelievably hilarious, even for Wodehouse. possibly yhe perfect comic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 9/4/2011

    " Probably the best Wodehouse when it comes to weaving a plot. This book made it clear his love of Agatha Christie novels in that the smallest mention of something earlier led up to the grand finale--perfect, perfect, perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mystie | 8/6/2011

    " Own. Matt read it aloud to me in the evenings.

    Wodehouse at his absolute finest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Premila | 8/1/2011

    " awesome read! very witty and funny .... its a gem. cant wait to get the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/24/2011

    " I was concerned that Psmith wouldn't be as good as the Jeeves books, but this was wonderful (although unfortunately lacking in epic bromance). It works very well as a stand alone book, though, so I'm wondering what the others in the Psmith series are like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athos | 5/29/2011

    " yes, well, it's Wodewhouse. What else can I say. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqui | 5/24/2011

    " This book was just as entertaining second time around (first read it a few years ago) even though I could kinda remember the plot. Crazy situations and witty dialogue. Reminds me of Arrested Development. Laugh out loud moments. All good in Market Blandings. "

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

    " what a confusing plot! again, true to all british novels, i had to resort to jotting down the family tree or rather the relation ship tree as i proceeded with the story. Confusing and amazing :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/11/2011

    " One of the greats. Highly amusing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " Wodehouse's books are all delightfully charming, but this is one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Remy | 3/19/2011

    " Probably not fair to just give this a three, when most Wodehouse books are virtually identical anyway and I usually give them a four. It just didn't especially delight me or stand out. My mood, maybe? The fact that I was reading an old pocket paperback with awfully yellowed pages? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Todd | 3/12/2011

    " Don't hate me. We are family and friends. Further, being conciliatory I bumped my rating to three stars. I readily admit (like hating Star Wars) it is a flaw on my part. Wodehouse certainly knows how to turn a phrase. An occasional sip is good but he's just not my cup of tea.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/11/2011

    " Love P.G. Wodehouse!! I don't think I've ever read one that I didn't like and this was no exception. Psmith in particular is very witty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/2/2010

    " It's Wodehouse, it's Psmith, and it's a humorous con that gets out of hand. What else do you need to know? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 11/22/2010

    " If anyone can find a way to cause trouble, it's Psmith of the silent "P." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/20/2010

    " Funny! Giggles bubbled and burst with satisfaction. Ahh! To be like Psmith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rabid | 9/28/2010

    " I have read this book many times over. It is one of my absolute favorite books. Psmith hits every note perfectly at Blandings and while this same set up has been done many times by Wodehouse, in this book he has mastered the plot and characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aamir | 9/7/2010

    " My favorite Wodehouse - just had to be one of his best with Psmith landing at the Blandings Castle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 8/11/2010

    " Humorous in the British way of Wodehouse. The audio version had a good reader who had a nice range of voices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 7/10/2010

    " I like PG Wodehouse's series much better than his standalones. The character of Psmith had me laughing so much, and the plot was simply wonderful. This is one of those books you pick up and know straight away that whatever happens in the following pages, it's going to be delightful.
    "

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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

Jonathan Cecil (1939–2011) was a vastly experienced actor, appearing at Shakespeare’s Globe as well as in such West End productions as The Importance of Being Earnest, The Seagull, and The Bed before Yesterday. He toured in The Incomparable Max, Twelfth Night, and An Ideal Husband, while among his considerable television and film appearances were The Rector’s Wife, Just William, Murder Most Horrid, and As You Like It.