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Something Fresh

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Blandings Castle, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. And Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion, there are two of them: both intent on a dangerous enterprise.
©2014 P. G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"Wodehouse is the greatest comic writer ever." (Douglas Adams)
"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)

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Fantastic Frolicking Fun

Full of overblown characters and unlikely plots which build up so beautifully that you are left in stitches with tears rolling down your face. So funny, so well written, so joyous.

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Just like a snowball, only different

Imagine a snowball cascading down a slope of snow. As it continues, it's gets bigger and bigger. Calamity is drawing nearer, and the consequences get worse. This is PG Wodehouse. And this is this story plot to a T.

It's the kind of story that has drama at every turn, and the plot just thickens. The characters are perfect, and the atmosphere is accurate. And just a like a snowball, the plot just gets bigger and bigger, calamity draws nearer, and the consequences get worse.

And the ending? Well that's a perfect authors twist.

Take heed and listen to it, and be sure to stay on your guard. You may easily miss out on important details....

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  • Virginia Waldron
  • 28-05-2012

Pure Rollicking Fun

If you want a bit of fun, this book is for you. The narrator is perfect for the story. I enjoyed this book immensely. It has all the elements that you would expect of a P.G. Wodehouse story. If you like this sort of comedy, you won't regret listening to this. Jonathan Cecil really reflects the class and era of the story's setting. Utterly charming and delightful in every way. I loved it.

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  • Rakhesh Sasidharan
  • 29-05-2016

Great story! Wonderful narration.

Loved it! Absolutely loved it!! Excellent narration. Perfect for the story and it's characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-2010

Lovely

One of the sweeter Wodehousian stories, wherein everyone is paired off with beautiful ease. Excellent narrator. I'm off to add all to my wish list!

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  • Sarah
  • 18-12-2008

Fantastic!

I bought the Frederick Davidson version of this first and thought it was terrible; then I listened to this version and realized what a tremendous difference a good narrator can make. This is a great Blandings Castle story - the first one in the Blandings series, I think - and has great sub-plots and some truly hilarious lines. And Jonathan Cecil - as usual - does a terrific job of reading it.

Makes me wish that Audible would hurry up and get some of the Blandings series dramatizations, actually (Jonathan Cecil appears in the Jeeves dramatizations, incidentally - he's clearly got a good grasp of the tone of Wodehouse material).

Highly recommended.

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  • Abhay
  • 05-08-2008

something less fresh than pg's standard excellence

this is one of the master humourist's lesser offerings.
it sounds a little stale for those who are avid fans. for first meeters with pg wodehouses, it gives a great introdcution.

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  • Seimon
  • 25-06-2009

Breathtaking

I am a huge fan of P G Wodehouse, and thought that I had devoured all of his books which were available in audio format. However, when I came across this one I realised that I had missed the jewel of the collection. Something Fresh is, in my opinion, Wodehouse's most enchanting book. The name really says it all; listen and be delighted!

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  • Mrs. E. D'agostino
  • 22-09-2017

Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've listened to quite a few of PG Wodehouse's books and enjoyed them all but there was something about this one, the story wasn't quite so fantastical or convoluted, that really made it stand out for me.

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  • Steve Brown
  • 07-07-2018

Wodehouse as perfect as only he knows how

In Wodehouse it is perpetual summer. And so listening to him wonderfully narrated in the best English summer for 40 years adds a layer of perfection that feels impossible!

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  • Mrs. P.
  • 27-01-2017

Can't beat it for a bit of a lighthearted frivolous read!

If you love Bertie Worcester and Jeeves then you'll love this too! Just as silly and fun. 😂

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  • andrew pegg
  • 14-12-2019

amusing wodehouse

excellent comical story full of eccentric characters and capturing the era.
The readers voice and style is absolutely right for the book.
I would have given it 5 stars other than for one minor irritation.It appears to have been slightly "americanised" as there are instances of flats being rented in dollars and things like people standing on sidewalks.l haven't read the original and I have nothing against American expressions but it doesn't seem to fit with how I assume the characters would have spoken.

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  • iain
  • 25-03-2019

An excellent story well worth a listen

A classic, very well narrated. All of the characters feel alive and have a voice which adds to their depth and nature.

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  • Roger Mason
  • 23-10-2018

The Detective

The theft.The plot to retake said prize.The finale.A refreshing novel with stout feminine themes.A happy ending for all parties.

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  • david ambler
  • 05-09-2018

P.G. Wodehouse , enough said .

supreme storyteller , excellent narration . a wonderful world to witness . always a pleasure to visit

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-2018

funny tale of an age gone by.

Very funny story involving a lot of dramatic irony. The hon. Freddy and the Earl of Emsworth are two of literature's funniest characters. This is not a book that will teach you the meaning of life or is of any great literary significance however it will make you laugh at times and generally smile all the way to the end.

Very well read if a slightly strange American accent at time.

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  • Mikey
  • 04-11-2014

Pleasant listening

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This was the downside for me. Had it been a different narrator I would have been more likely to award this another two stars. If anyone had been sat opposite the barrator during this recording they would have received the weather and the news, if you take my meaning.

Any additional comments?

A pleasurable listen, an easy to follow blast from the "old English" past.

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