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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,835 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: July 2011 ISBN:
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Part of Wodehouse Blandings series. When a valuable scarab belonging to an American millionaire is absent-mindedly stolen by Lord Emsworth, young writers Ashe Marson and Joan Valentine are tasked with infiltrating Blandings Castle to retrieve it. Meanwhile, vacuous Freddie Threepwood worries that some compromising letters may scupper his engagement to the millionaire's daughter. Wodehouse's comic masterpiece combines above and below stairs pretensions with all the fun of a romantic thriller.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreea | 2/14/2014

    " Indeed, smth fresh, actually, refreshing! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. Smith | 2/13/2014

    " not as slapstick as some of his later ones, but adorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 2/9/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth Kolloen | 2/7/2014

    " Probably only a four-star Wodehouse novel, which means that it's better than pretty much any comic novel ever written by anyone else. Written in 1915, still surprising and hilarious almost 100 years later. That's tough to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Marsch | 2/3/2014

    " Tidbit: in this book, "getting into a groove" means "getting into a rut." Interesting how the language can change in 90 years! :-) "

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

    " Hilarious as only Wodehouse can be I don't know why I don't read more of his books they are always super fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliz | 1/19/2014

    " I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a novel this much. I giggled my way through the entire story. Wodehouse is a genius. He weaves his delightfully quirky characters' lives together in such elaborate ways, you just can't imagine what'll happen next! When I finished the last page and closed the book, I sat back with a big grin, feeling thoroughly amused and satisfied. It's a must-read! "

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

    " Starts slow but gets much better. This was my first P G Woodhouse read. It took me three attempts but I finally got far enough along in the book to enjoy it. He's now one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kanika | 12/13/2013

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

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

    " 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. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Shier | 11/11/2013

    " The first Blandings Castle book is a must read for Wodehouse fans. It contains the usual combination of wry and gut-busting humor. It's not the most memorable of his books though, so 3 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/10/2013

    " I've never read any of the Blandings books. Obviously I'm an idiot, because this was wonderful. Damn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 9/6/2013

    " Excellent. Finished 11/11/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tai Odunsi | 9/6/2013

    " Another Plum classic. "what's the good of traveling fast if you're going around in a circle?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 8/5/2013

    " The first Blandings book, before their was a plan of there being more. Funny and memorable, but nothing compared to later installments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 6/22/2013

    " my first wodehouse. fine enough, very english. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 3/29/2013

    " 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 | 2/14/2013

    " I found myself smiling the whole way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 11/22/2012

    " I had a hankering to read one of the Blandings Castle books again, and located this one for my Nook. Such a good summer read, classic Wodehouse. NOTE: In the "e-book" world, this book often goes by the title, "Something New". I have no idea why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/17/2012

    " Great read. Very fun, as usual. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottholdensmith | 4/14/2012

    " 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 Stephanie | 2/10/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/13/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fireleap | 11/8/2011

    " Enjoyable for those who like P.G Wodehouse. A bit lengthy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 10/16/2011

    " Took me a little while to get into, but once I did I devoured it. The Ashe Marson/Joan Valentine parts were the ones that held my interest the most. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tai | 9/22/2011

    " Another Plum classic. "what's the good of traveling fast if you're going around in a circle?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 9/10/2011

    " Not quite a five star since it does lag in the middle a little, still a very amusing read and a good running start for the Blandings novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 8/31/2011

    " not as slapstick as some of his later ones, but adorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 8/4/2011

    " Tidbit: in this book, "getting into a groove" means "getting into a rut." Interesting how the language can change in 90 years! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronak | 6/15/2011

    " Great book... the plot develops really interesting till the climax... "

  • 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. "

  • 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 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. "

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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.