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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: John Wells Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Blandings Castle Saga Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781482980882
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While Blandings Castle sleeps in the summer sun, the Honorable Galahad Threepwood, brother of the Earl of Emsworth, is busily engaged in writing his reminiscences. And they look set to be as warm as the weather, if not warmer, for Galahad has led a thoroughly misspent life, and his acquaintances can all too easily recall their past follies in his company. Reputations are at stake and even the nobility and gentry are beginning to panic. While various attempts are made to prevent his stories from seeing the light of day, none are more curious than the sensational kidnapping of Lord Emsworth’s prize-winning sow, the Empress of Blandings. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The gardens of Blandings Castle are that original garden from which we are all exiled.”

    Evelyn Waugh, English author, journalist, and reviewer

  • “[Blandings] is an entire world unto itself, and, one sense, Wodehouse pours into it his deepest feelings for England.”

    Stephen Fry, actor and author

  • “Wodehouse has been narrated hilariously by a number of readers in the past few years, and John Wells now takes his place among them. He narrates the body of this work in measured British tones, but when he voices a character, he becomes another man (or woman). His aged Lord Emsworth, for example, is breathtakingly dotty, sounding perfectly vacuous and dazedly confused by everything. Even the women come across well, from Lady Constance, to the young love interests. The story is another Blandings Castle tale of impersonations, misunderstandings and upper-crust hauteur. With Wells' skill together and Wodehouse's humor—this audiobook is irresistible.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skookum | 2/20/2014

    " This book is classic Wodehouse. He's in top form. This is light-hearted comedy about English aristocracy in the early 20th century. Wodehouse plays with language, finds the humor in everything and everybody, and tells a silly story about the theft of an English Lord's prize pig. It's like a Shakespeare comedy with lovers breaking up and coming back together as the result of wild schemes. Wodehouse creates a wonderful view of a very English world which probably never existed. This is good stuff. I think this book is as good as much of the Wooster & Jeeves series. It's a fast funny read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nupur | 2/19/2014

    " Good book for light reading...:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skookum | 2/19/2014

    " This book is classic Wodehouse. He's in top form. This is light-hearted comedy about English aristocracy in the early 20th century. Wodehouse plays with language, finds the humor in everything and everybody, and tells a silly story about the theft of an English Lord's prize pig. It's like a Shakespeare comedy with lovers breaking up and coming back together as the result of wild schemes. Wodehouse creates a wonderful view of a very English world which probably never existed. This is good stuff. I think this book is as good as much of the Wooster & Jeeves series. It's a fast funny read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 2/17/2014

    " If you haven't read any Wodehouse, you're denying yourself a big treat. This one isn't my favorite, but it was still funny. I kept thinking I had figured out how it was going to end, but the plot had so many twists that it kept me going until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily-Jane Orford | 2/14/2014

    " What a great read! There are few books that lead me through a riveting tale of unusual antics that make me laugh! I must read more of his books. "

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

    " I should space out my Wodehouse books. The funny diminishes when I read several Wodehouse in succession. Good book, but just too soon after reading a couple of other Wodehouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/9/2014

    " Makes me smile just thinking about it. Classic, reliable Wodehouse set at Blandings Castle. Many "LOL" moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowan | 2/5/2014

    " One of his best although they are all so great why quibble? Leave it to Psmith will explain the flowerpot references to anyone who can't bear not to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 1/30/2014

    " Read this before, some thirty years ago I think. All of them are entertaining, but this one is a notch above. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. Smith | 1/25/2014

    " Not as good as leave it to psmith, but he can mold a plot like the best of 'em. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 1/25/2014

    " Like Edith Wharton crossed with Three's Company. Really quite a good, if a little ridiculous, read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shashank Garg | 1/24/2014

    " Certainly not the best work of Wodehouse. The characters are a bit too mundane. But the plot can still be deemed readable, for some choice situations do tickle the funny bone... indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xin | 1/24/2014

    " As the inimitable Stephen Fry said: 'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in it's warmth and splendour.' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Larson | 1/21/2014

    " Meh. The Efficient Baxter is always a treat, but Beach is no Jeeves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/20/2014

    " If I were stuck on a desert island, I would require Wodehouse, Sayers, and sunscreen. Blandings Castle is my Avalon and the Empress is the Holy Grail. "

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

    " Absolutely hilarious! Has a wonderful description of a night-time collision on the stairs in which two suspicious guests unexpectedly try to occupy the same space at the same time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/18/2014

    " listened to this one on tape while carpooling, hilarious! "

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

    " A classic Wodehouse story, with efficient butlers, young lovers, and stolen pigs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/15/2014

    " Makes me smile just thinking about it. Classic, reliable Wodehouse set at Blandings Castle. Many "LOL" moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecily | 1/15/2014

    " The third Blandings novel. Classic farce with twisting plots and wonderful similes. Gally writing his memoirs; Empress of Blandings stolen; the Efficient Baxter acting madly; Ronnie Fish and Sue Brown; Percy Pilbeam "investigating" various things; all the wrong people turning up in the wrong place at the wrong time, causing confusion. Great preface by PGW. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie Watkins | 1/7/2014

    " If you've forgotten (or sadly have never known) what it's like to read something smartly light and funny and delightful give this little piggie a go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 12/31/2013

    " Fun and ridiculous, as always. Blandings Castle sounds like a wild place to visit, let alone live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/27/2013

    " Listened to this driving through France with the family. Great stuff. "

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

    " Fun and ridiculous, as always. Blandings Castle sounds like a wild place to visit, let alone live. "

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

    " Fluffy and fun and at least one really good laugh guaranteed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 12/11/2013

    " Hugo Carmody has been hired as a secretary at Blandings Castle. When Empress the Pig disappears, Sir Gregory Parsloe is suspected of having abducted her. Lord Emsworth steams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 12/11/2013

    " As always, Wodehouse is delightful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/2/2013

    " Ok, so I know I said I wouldn't put any more PG Wodehouse books on here, but this is the last one for a while, as I think I'll give them a break. This is another great one, involving many mix ups, false identities, and a pig theft! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 11/27/2013

    " Read Jan 2012 as well! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 11/27/2013

    " If you haven't read any Wodehouse, you're denying yourself a big treat. This one isn't my favorite, but it was still funny. I kept thinking I had figured out how it was going to end, but the plot had so many twists that it kept me going until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey Combe | 11/17/2013

    " Reminds me more of Osar Wilde than Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Algernon | 11/15/2013

    " I had a jolly good time reading about the mishaps of the Blandings Castle crowd. Such joy in the use of language and such spirited comedy of errors feels to me very fresh today and has picked up my mood considerably. I will make sure to check out more of Wodehouse writings in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan Camp | 11/9/2013

    " Ah, Wodehouse at his finest. Whenever I am looking for a jolly read, I turn to good old P.G. and am never disappointed. The complexity of this plot is beyond ridiculous, but it is what makes "Summer Lightning" shine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Kovach | 11/4/2013

    " Wodehouse is a riot. This is my fourth Wodehouse book and I plan to read all of them eventually because they are hilarious. These books are like a wellness prescription. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Connery | 11/2/2013

    " Audiobook. Classic Wodehouse silliness, and the narrator was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisyjess | 10/20/2013

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/6/2013

    " I just can't get enough of Wodehouse's books! He really is the funniest writer ever and the Blandings series sees him at his very best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athos | 9/25/2013

    " Fluffy and fun and at least one really good laugh guaranteed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaarin | 9/13/2013

    " Formulaic, yes, but laugh-out-loud delightful? Yes!! Love the wit of Mr. Wodehouse! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Jones | 8/7/2013

    " A joy! Small but perfectly formed. It had be laughing out loud during the preface, and I was chuckling until the end. Cannot be faulted! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 8/1/2013

    " As always, Wodehouse is delightful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 6/22/2013

    " Fun and ridiculous, as always. Blandings Castle sounds like a wild place to visit, let alone live. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Ludwig | 4/28/2013

    " This is one of my favorite Wodehouse novels. It's the third or fourth time I've read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 4/22/2013

    " This was a great little book. Light reading and easy (3 hours). Lots of characters and the funny prose had me laughing out loud. This was my first wodehouse book. I will be reading more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Thomas | 3/7/2013

    " I'm not a fan of Wodehouse's Blandings books. It seems to me that his typical wit and humor abandoned him in the writing I this series. It is, just altogether, extremely bland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/23/2013

    " Follows directly on from "Summer Lightning" and keeps up the pace of that story very well. Couldn't quite believe that the loss of a manuscript would be so easily shrugged off by its author but other than that a thoroughly jolly romp "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 1/20/2013

    " Not his best but very funny. It reprises a lot of familiar characters, Lord Emsworth, Lady Constance, the Efficient Baxter etc. It's a late madcap farce. Great fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/21/2012

    " I read some of this book. Wodehouse is a wonderfully expressive writer. His style caused me to laugh out loud. I heard excerpts of another of his books that I will add to my reading list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 11/4/2012

    " Like Edith Wharton crossed with Three's Company. Really quite a good, if a little ridiculous, read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malou | 10/26/2012

    " Delightful reading! It makes you laugh out loud on more than one occasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 10/23/2012

    " I read some of this book. Wodehouse is a wonderfully expressive writer. His style caused me to laugh out loud. I heard excerpts of another of his books that I will add to my reading list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Thomas | 9/25/2012

    " I'm not a fan of Wodehouse's Blandings books. It seems to me that his typical wit and humor abandoned him in the writing I this series. It is, just altogether, extremely bland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Connery | 9/23/2012

    " Audiobook. Classic Wodehouse silliness, and the narrator was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/31/2012

    " A very funny book -- I loved the cast of characters and the complexity and hilarity of the plot. I was chuckling throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ak Hauck | 7/25/2012

    " As always, Wodehouse is delicious. I read this book with a constant smile punctuated with regular intervals of LOL's. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ak Hauck | 7/20/2012

    " As always, Wodehouse is delicious. I read this book with a constant smile punctuated with regular intervals of LOL's. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malou | 6/18/2012

    " Delightful reading! It makes you laugh out loud on more than one occasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan Camp | 5/24/2012

    " Ah, Wodehouse at his finest. Whenever I am looking for a jolly read, I turn to good old P.G. and am never disappointed. The complexity of this plot is beyond ridiculous, but it is what makes "Summer Lightning" shine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 5/22/2012

    " I read some of this book. Wodehouse is a wonderfully expressive writer. His style caused me to laugh out loud. I heard excerpts of another of his books that I will add to my reading list. "

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

    " This book was hilarious, well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend for those who love British humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 5/9/2012

    " I want to live in P.G.'s imagination; a world of ladies and gentlemen where love prevails and everything works out in the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 5/3/2012

    " True to Wodehouse, lots of escapades involving losing and gaining and trading fiance(e)s mixed with butlers and pigs. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 5/2/2012

    " Not his best but very funny. It reprises a lot of familiar characters, Lord Emsworth, Lady Constance, the Efficient Baxter etc. It's a late madcap farce. Great fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krisette Spangler | 4/19/2012

    " If you haven't read any Wodehouse, you're denying yourself a big treat. This one isn't my favorite, but it was still funny. I kept thinking I had figured out how it was going to end, but the plot had so many twists that it kept me going until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisyjess | 3/14/2012

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 3/1/2012

    " I want to live in P.G.'s imagination; a world of ladies and gentlemen where love prevails and everything works out in the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athos | 2/20/2012

    " Fluffy and fun and at least one really good laugh guaranteed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William Thomas | 2/10/2012

    " I'm not a fan of Wodehouse's Blandings books. It seems to me that his typical wit and humor abandoned him in the writing I this series. It is, just altogether, extremely bland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Estepp | 11/8/2011

    " When you feel like crap, read some Wodehouse. It might be my new philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Algernon | 11/5/2011

    " I had a jolly good time reading about the mishaps of the Blandings Castle crowd. Such joy in the use of language and such spirited comedy of errors feels to me very fresh today and has picked up my mood considerably. I will make sure to check out more of Wodehouse writings in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Cooper | 11/5/2011

    " I can reread Wodehouse over and over and over... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 10/23/2011

    " Audiobook. Classic Wodehouse silliness, and the narrator was excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. | 10/10/2011

    " Not as good as leave it to psmith, but he can mold a plot like the best of 'em. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 9/18/2011

    " Read this before, some thirty years ago I think. All of them are entertaining, but this one is a notch above. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 9/18/2011

    " Listened to this driving through France with the family. Great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisyjess | 9/2/2011

    " Loved it, loved it, loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shashank Garg | 8/22/2011

    " Certainly not the best work of Wodehouse. The characters are a bit too mundane. But the plot can still be deemed readable, for some choice situations do tickle the funny bone... indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xin | 7/27/2011

    " As the inimitable Stephen Fry said: 'You don't analyse such sunlit perfection, you just bask in it's warmth and splendour.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanditha | 7/6/2011

    " One of most favourite books..

    Blandings at its best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 6/16/2011

    " Read Jan 2012 as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Cooper | 5/9/2011

    " I can reread Wodehouse over and over and over... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athos | 3/20/2011

    " Fluffy and fun and at least one really good laugh guaranteed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily-Jane | 2/20/2011

    " What a great read! There are few books that lead me through a riveting tale of unusual antics that make me laugh! I must read more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily-Jane | 2/20/2011

    " What a great read! There are few books that lead me through a riveting tale of unusual antics that make me laugh! I must read more of his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 2/6/2011

    " As always, Wodehouse is delightful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satishchandra | 1/22/2011

    " First read on Wodehouse. Nice time reading it.
    "A must read for anyone who has a pig, or an aunty - or a sense of humour." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/28/2010

    " I had to re-read most of this, since I was away from it all summer, and it was hysterical the second time through also! That is high praise indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 10/8/2010

    " Fun and ridiculous, as always. Blandings Castle sounds like a wild place to visit, let alone live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 7/21/2010

    " I read some of this book. Wodehouse is a wonderfully expressive writer. His style caused me to laugh out loud. I heard excerpts of another of his books that I will add to my reading list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey | 7/4/2010

    " Reminds me more of Osar Wilde than Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 7/1/2010

    " Not quite as goofy as my first Wodehouse (a Jeeves and Wooster novel), but very enjoyable. It's like Jane Austin throwing spit balls from the back of the room.

    The scene in the restaurant is some of the funniest prose I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 4/27/2010

    " This book was hilarious, well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend for those who love British humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 1/4/2010

    " The book I'm reading is called "Fish Preferred," but apparently the two are one and the same, the title differeing depending upon location of publication.

    It's hilarious! PG Wodehouse was a genius. "

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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.