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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Blandings Castle Saga Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455172054
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Welcome to Blandings Castle, a place that is never itself without an imposter.

Wodehouse himself once noted that “Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice.” On this particular occasion there are two, both intent on a dangerous enterprise. Lord Emsworth’s secretary, the Efficient Baxter, is on the alert and determined to discover what is afoot—despite the distractions caused by the Honorable Freddie Threepwood’s hapless affair of the heart.

Freddie is engaged to marry the daughter of a wealthy American who is a passionate collector of ancient Egyptian scarabs. When one goes missing, a thousand-pound reward is offered for its return and Blandings becomes a madhouse as friends turn rivals in the scramble to retrieve the object.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 2/13/2014

    " An early example from the Blandings series with, I suspect, the characters not quite fully rounded. Freddie seems a bit of a copy of Bertie Wooster (at this stage anyway) and Emsworth is rather peripheral. Be interesting to see how the series grows and develops "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/31/2014

    " I feel a long run on P.G. Wodehouse for me. I'd been listening to some of the Jeeves stories on my ipod, so I checked out a couple of his other books at the library. Superfun. Great for a chuckle. I'm addicted. "

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

    " I found myself smiling the whole way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgina | 1/19/2014

    " This is a very entertaining introduction to Lord Emsworth and Blandings Castle. A great read to start the year with! "

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

    " I read an extremely old edition of this book, then titled "Something New." As ridiculous and hilarious as the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottholdensmith | 1/1/2014

    " Very funny. I laughed out loud a few times. Great little plot. A beautifully written confection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 12/25/2013

    " Another wonderfully funny book from Wodehouse, full of mischievous characters and young love. I'd recommend a good dose of any Wodehouse to anyone who needs a pick-me-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/23/2013

    " The first Blandings Wodehouse that I've read.. funny and good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Osborne | 11/25/2013

    " The first of the Blandings Castle novels is a treasure. I love the absent-minded, doddering Lord Emsworth. Like with most Wodehouse novels, the plot in convoluted and full of twists and turns. One of those books you finish and wish there was more. As it's a series, there is!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshni | 11/24/2013

    " Blandings is not my favorite Wodehouse setting; however, his humor more than makes up for it. The character's interactions are hilarious, and this book comes with the added bonus of a look into the life of a domestic servant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 11/13/2013

    " First time I've read Wodehouse---light and fun "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nilanjana | 11/13/2013

    " Read much like an extended Oscar Wilde narrative "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 11/5/2013

    " I don't usually find Wodehouse's earlier books as funny as the ones from the 1920s-1940s, but this one is a lot of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 9/24/2013

    " I adore the Jeeves & Wooster stories and I wanted to love this, but it wasn't that funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manikanta Avinash | 8/6/2013

    " This is the first book in the Blandings Castle series by Wodehouse. Enjoyed it thoroughly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/18/2013

    " My husband and I are reading Wodehouse again. The Blandings books are his favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sreemoyee Acharya | 1/12/2013

    " I absolutely adore Wodehouse ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/26/2012

    " Thought this one started a little slower and creakier than most Wodehouses (and it's weird to see Blandings Castle in its first appearance, when the characterizations weren't yet as finely honed), but it still ends up being a very entertaining book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kanika | 10/1/2011

    " Made for very interesting reading. Finished it in 2 days flat! "

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

    " I read this under the alternate title of "Something New". It was hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 6/28/2011

    " I read this while studying for the GREs. It was perfect for building my English vocabulary, and funny enough to distract me from my worries for the upcoming test. Wodehouse, you never fail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 VincentVega | 5/12/2011

    " One of the funniest, pleasurable books I've ever read. And terrific writing on top of everything. Master of his craft. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athos | 4/28/2011

    " Reading Wodehouse is like watching an intricate parade of curiosities. You laugh, point and clap. And then you do it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomad | 3/28/2011

    " just what i needed after a long break. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgina | 1/7/2011

    " This is a very entertaining introduction to Lord Emsworth and Blandings Castle. A great read to start the year with! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 11/20/2010

    " I don't usually find Wodehouse's earlier books as funny as the ones from the 1920s-1940s, but this one is a lot of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 9/3/2010

    " I laughed so hard at one point in this book that I started to cry and had to take a five minute break until I stopped shaking from the laughter and could see clearly enough to read the words on the page.

    A great post-Hunger Games pick-me-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 7/28/2010

    " I feel a long run on P.G. Wodehouse for me. I'd been listening to some of the Jeeves stories on my ipod, so I checked out a couple of his other books at the library. Superfun. Great for a chuckle. I'm addicted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tashfeen | 7/11/2010

    " First of mine from the Blandings series. Not as nearly fantastic as the Jeeves and Wooster series but equally quaint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/31/2010

    " The first Blandings Wodehouse that I've read.. funny and good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/30/2010

    " I hadn't thought Wodehouse wrote anything funnier than the Jeeves series, but this early work may be it. It's hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/16/2010

    " My first dip into Wodehouse's "Blandings" series. I didn't think I could live without Jeeves, but this was wonderful too! Such wit!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 1/20/2010

    " Another wonderfully funny book from Wodehouse, full of mischievous characters and young love. I'd recommend a good dose of any Wodehouse to anyone who needs a pick-me-up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/14/2010

    " I've only read three of his books, and am in the middle of a short story collection; and this has been my favorite one yet. I would love to discover that it had been turned into a play or movie. "

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