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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455174751
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Wilhelmina “Billie” Bennett, red-haired daughter of American millionaire Rufus, loves golf, dogs and Tennyson—and is to marry Eustace Hignett, the weak, poetry-writing son of Mrs. Horace Hignett, the famous English writer on theosophy. Enter Sam Marlowe, Eustace's cousin, who plays tournament golf, and Jane Hubbard, Billie's big-game-hunting friend, and another romp in the inimitable Wodehouse style unfolds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.”

    Evelyn Waugh

  • “One of Britain’s most talented comic writers.”

    Time

  • “Has many of the qualities of the author's more mature later novels (eccentric characters, clever farce, and inventive metaphors), as well as the additional charm of being a diamond in the rough…Frederick Davidson, as usual, adds to the fun with his energetic reading.”

    Library Journal

  • “Davidson’s semi-voiced readings of Wodehousian tales are wonderful…His range of accents and his ability to capture emotional intonations add enjoyment of Woodhouse’s fine humor.” 

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 2/7/2014

    " Lotta fun. This was a notch or two above his norm, which is of course good. Nobody spins a metaphor like this man. From this book, just one will do. His mouth "gaped like a hole in a sliding cliff." "

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

    " Hilarious! A great read. Wodehouse is one of the best. "

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

    " Hilarious and random--elephant guns and electric pianos! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 1/14/2014

    " Vintage Wodehouse. A beautiful red-haired girl in search of her Galahad. A hypochondriac American in search of a peaceful summer of health and relaxation. And 3 young men in search of the redhead. Only one of the men is right for Billie, the redhead, but she doesn't know it, the others have their persuasive points, and the Atlantic crossing takes 9 days on the slow boat. Charming and easygoing, like a Tanqueray and tonic on a warm summer night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/13/2014

    " Another free audio book for commuting... Classic PG Wodehouse story of complex relationships, this time three young men smitten by a pretty girl. I enjoy Wodehouse's witty descriptions and sarcasm when writing about wealthy people in the early 1920s. This wasn't one of his best books, but did have some good lines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Kevin | 1/11/2014

    " A charming little romp, sort of a romantic comedy of errors. Starts out as a love triangle, but unlikely complications keep piling up until it's more like a love dodecahedron. Every time you think you know where it's going, Wodehouse throws a new monkey wrench into the works. All narrated in that dry, deadpan, uniquely British voice. Wodehouse makes frequent asides to the reader, apologizing for his digressions, scolding the characters for being too harsh, and even grumbling about the changes that will no doubt be made when the book is turned into a movie(!). And if it hasn't been made into a movie yet, it darn well ought to be... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J B Mills | 1/7/2014

    " Not my favorite Wodehouse novel, but still pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 1/6/2014

    " Typical Wodehouse romantic romp through comical complications. Gotta love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandolin | 11/28/2013

    " P.G. Wodehouse's non-Jeeves stories are often not as entertaining, but this one lives up to his standard! Full of farcical situations, wonderfully comic descriptions and a cast of adorably bumbling characters, it's a delightful romp from start to finish. I enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronak Banker | 11/28/2013

    " great book... the occasions and situations were too funny... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abischenk | 11/7/2013

    " Wodehouse is generally good for many chuckles, but this one seemed to wander too often... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 11/4/2013

    " Really 3.5. Love me some Wodehouse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly Swait | 10/4/2013

    " I love reading Wodehouse but found this one really slow and boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 5/19/2013

    " it's probably not a good advert for David Mitchell's latest that I broke off in the middle of it and read this instead but hey... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Pennington | 3/20/2013

    " Not Wodehouse's best, but still thoroughly entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan R. | 8/15/2012

    " Honestly, this is a Wodehouse book and should be better, but it is coming to understand what it must be and works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alibrivoxfan | 6/30/2012

    " Excellent audio book. Kara is one of Librivox's best readers and her reading lets the humor shine through in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/3/2012

    " Good stuff, always a climax of hilarity before the book ends -- keeps me coming back for more Wodehouse! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 12/28/2011

    " This was my first Wodehouse book and I enjoyed it. It was a bit long winded in parts but I enjoyed the story for the most part. I look forward to reading some more books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/25/2011

    " ah...nothing like a book that makes one chortle in a room full of one's teenage children... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vinay Kumar | 9/30/2011

    " Good humor ......... my first by Wodehouse....... different type of humor than bill bryson.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kaitlyn | 9/12/2011

    " Wodehouse is one of my favorites for making me feel intellectual, but not bored to death. He always makes me laugh, and he's British, so I'm being cultured too. Win-win. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 5/17/2011

    " Is it possibly to call a Wodehouse novel too silly? Every novel by him is always good for some cheer and chuckles, but this one lacked some of his classic excellent character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthette | 5/13/2011

    " Pure fun.

    Wodehouse's mastery of the English language will be appreciated by all intelligent readers: his use of inventive figurative language is especially delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/14/2011

    " Snarky narrator ridicules the behavoir of the silly characters in this story of young lovers making a mess of their relationships through nonsensical ideas and actions. Indeed, everyone in the story behaves like asses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 2/12/2011

    " I read the "Three Men and a Maid" version and of course I enjoyed it...it's Wodehouse. Like a lot of his stories, it's an across-the-Atlantic romance. I think I prefer his earlier works, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonardo | 2/6/2011

    " Classic Wodehouse. Everyone is busy doing nothing at all but getting tied up into knots. America, England, heroes and villains and all that rot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia in Jute | 1/9/2011

    " Not my favorite Wodehouse novel, but still pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 12/21/2010

    " Honestly, this is a Wodehouse book and should be better, but it is coming to understand what it must be and works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyddie | 11/13/2010

    " I'd give it four stars, if it weren't for the blackface scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 10/2/2010

    " Not Wodehouse's finest, I believe, but still well worth the read. Is there any published Wodehouse not worth the read?

    One small quibble with this edition. The artist got the color of the lady's bathrobe wrong on the dust jacket. I believe it was blue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kaitlyn | 7/25/2010

    " Wodehouse is one of my favorites for making me feel intellectual, but not bored to death. He always makes me laugh, and he's British, so I'm being cultured too. Win-win. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 7/2/2010

    " Hilarious and random--elephant guns and electric pianos! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 6/7/2010

    " This was my first Wodehouse book and I enjoyed it. It was a bit long winded in parts but I enjoyed the story for the most part. I look forward to reading some more books by this author. "

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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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.