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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (248 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: October 2009 ISBN: 9781455173600
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Annette had been busy at her piano when the knocking coming from the room above finally wrenched her mind from composing her music. Aha! The unseen brute obviously disliked her playing and intimated his views with his boot heel. Insulted, she struck the piano’s loud pedal. His reply: Bang! Bang! Bang!

This little incident from “The Man Upstairs” is just one of the many capers that P. G. Wodehouse humorously portrays in this collection, which includes nineteen of Wodehouses delightful pre–World War II short stories. Though these tales are decades old, such was Wodehouse’s amiable genius that they have not aged a bit. Like ancient crusted port, they have matured with the years, and perhaps only now can their timeless humor be savored with its full bouquet.

Among the other stories in this collection are “The Man Who Disliked Cats,” “The Good Angel,” “Pots o’ Money,” and “Out of School.”

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  • “Timelessly funny…[Davidson] is wry, British, and almost drawling, and one supposes that this is pretty much how Wodehouse himself would sound.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Riley | 2/19/2014

    " Great collection, minus the Woosters. The Man Upstairs is excellent short story writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ram Kaushik | 2/18/2014

    " Early Wodehouse, still see sparks of genius and sublime language! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dot | 1/15/2014

    " P.G. Wodehouse still manages to amuse after all these years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/10/2014

    " Good. Some really cute some just ok. First published about 1914. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christabelle | 12/12/2013

    " Short and cute :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 12/7/2013

    " Fun, as always. This is a collection of his earlier short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malina | 11/27/2013

    " I've only listened to The Man Upstairs. It's HILARIOUS. I was chuckling out loud at my desk. Now I'm going to have to read the rest of this man's stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 11/26/2013

    " Disposable love stories with a glimmer of the wit and humour that appears in the Jeeves & Blandings series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 10/30/2013

    " This was a charming collection of love stories by the author of the Jeeves and Woosters stories. Most of them were funny and romantic. I didn't really like the finale story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/28/2013

    " Highly enjoyable, timeless humour, lightness - and a bit of dark humour and spirit interspersed for good measure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diva | 9/5/2013

    " my first tryst with Wodehouse, humorous and romantic, and pretty much all that men really are. all the good stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rickeclectic | 5/25/2013

    " A set of short stories. One, "Something to Worry About," is a great story about relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshni | 3/14/2013

    " Not as good as some of Wodehouse's other books. The short stories do not allow the humor to fully develop or for Wodehouse to use his best humor strategy, dialogue, to its effectiveness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colin Marks | 3/1/2013

    " I've really enjoyed these short stories. They're all very predictable but that's absolutely fine - they offer a taste of an era long past, when all gentlemen had butlers and bad guys were simply rogues! It was a shame to get to the end... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 11/26/2012

    " I got this for 5 kr and all the stories are crafted to make one laugh, and admire how Plum did it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/8/2012

    " Not as good as the "Jeeves" series but definitely still enjoyable... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stella | 10/16/2012

    " This was the first PG Wodehouse that I haven't given atleast a 4 star to. It was okay. Some good stories, some not so great. These stories lack the punch of Dahl and Poe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 9/4/2012

    " Early Wodehouse short stories when he tried out the mystery genre. Lots of fun, though not as settled in his style, yet. (Scotland) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 8/23/2012

    " Wodehouse before he really found his feet/forte. However in among the soppy love stories there are some interesting dry runs - there's even a story with Bertie and Jeeves clones "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/31/2012

    " A cute romantic comedy about upstairs/downstairs neighbors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 7/14/2011

    " 19 entertaining tales written 100 years ago, long before Jeeves and Bertie were twinkles in Wodehouse's eye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana. | 4/5/2011

    " P.G. Wodehouse is in good form in this collection of short stories. Witty dialogue, wacky situations, and funny descriptions. My only complaint would be each story is essentially a love story, in which some cases, ends a little too predictibly. A light-hearted, fun listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diva | 3/30/2011

    " my first tryst with Wodehouse, humorous and romantic, and pretty much all that men really are. all the good stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lana. | 5/3/2010

    " P.G. Wodehouse is in good form in this collection of short stories. Witty dialogue, wacky situations, and funny descriptions. My only complaint would be each story is essentially a love story, in which some cases, ends a little too predictibly. A light-hearted, fun listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 4/14/2010

    " The title story is wonderful, but this collection is a very mixed bag. Wodehouse die-hards only. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 12/22/2009

    " Not as good as the "Jeeves" series but definitely still enjoyable... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/27/2009

    " This was a charming collection of love stories by the author of the Jeeves and Woosters stories. Most of them were funny and romantic. I didn't really like the finale story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rickeclectic | 12/8/2008

    " A set of short stories. One, "Something to Worry About," is a great story about relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malina | 10/28/2008

    " I've only listened to The Man Upstairs. It's HILARIOUS. I was chuckling out loud at my desk. Now I'm going to have to read the rest of this man's stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/6/2008

    " A cute romantic comedy about upstairs/downstairs neighbors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 5/23/2008

    " Early Wodehouse short stories when he tried out the mystery genre. Lots of fun, though not as settled in his style, yet. (Scotland) "

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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.