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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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The debonair Uncle Fred makes a welcome return to Blandings, where plotting and confusion is rife. Blackmail, sabotage, jilted lovers and pigs under threat of kidnap all feature largely, making this hilarious instalment in the Blandings series irresistible to fans and newcomers alike.

The story sees lovely debutante Myra Schoonmaker unhappily ensconced in Blandings at the insistence of Lady Constance Keeble, who objects to Myra's entanglement with down-at-heel curate Bill Bailey. But Blandings never has been a place to stifle the wants of the heart for long.

Soon, all kinds of subterfuge and shifty goings-on are afoot to reunite the lovebirds, with the help of an unbeatable cast of misfits and society schmoozers including Pongo Twistleton, Lord Tilbury, Lavender Briggs and of course, amiably vague Lord Emsworth and his trusty 'man-mountain' butler Beach.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 4/30/2011

    " Have yet to read a Wodehouse book I didn't thoroughly enjoy. When I read his books a vivid movie version plays in my head. I can see every character and action and it is so enjoyable, I don't want the books to end. Thankfully P.G. Wodehouse was a prolific writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/19/2011

    " Typically Wodehousian plot. Typically Wodehousian turns of phrase. All in all, if you like Wodehouse, you'll like this. And if you're new to Wodehouse this is a fine introduction to him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/30/2010

    " Wodehouse! Wodehouse! Wodehouse! Not as great as the Jeeves stories, but brilliant nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/25/2010

    " Standard Wodehouse, but enjoyable nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Traci | 8/28/2010

    " More of the same.....attempts to steal the pig, discouraged love between a wealthy woman & a pauper, attempts to get capital for some adventure. Seems like it was the same PG Wodehouse story as the other two I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pranjal | 5/22/2010

    " Lord Ickenham in Blandings Castle makes things very interesting. As usual the Empress of Blandings with her astounding alimentary feats occupy centre stage. There is a conspiracy to "pignap" the Empress and Lord Ickenhap , spreading light and happiness is the hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 5/3/2010

    " Entertaining Blandings Castle story, although a little confusing in parts. Layers of peers (Emsworth, Ickenham, Dunstable, Tilbury) and multiple sundered hearts. Fortunately only one pig, one butler and one troublesome sister. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 2/13/2010

    " A Blandings book, not a Jeeves and Wooster one. Where everyone plots and doublecrosses to acquire the Empress of Blandings, each to their own end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/24/2009

    " My first P.G. Wodehouse. Great farce with classic British humor. I laughed out loud several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 5/4/2009

    " While I enjoyed this tale, I have a weird feeling I'm likely to read it again in a few years having forgotten I read it. And that's no slam against Wodehouse, but rather, his imitators. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 4/16/2009

    " Fun. Also read in March of 1982. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 10/24/2007

    " Wodehouse writes his 437,234th book about plucky young folks who want to marry each other but are kept apart by relatives and/or money problems, and somehow it's still fun. "

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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

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.