Leave It to Psmith : Blandings Castle

  • by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by Jonathan Cecil
  • Series: Blandings Castle
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The idyll of Blandings Castle is about to be disturbed, for the Hon. Freddie Threepwood is poised to make his debut as a jewel thief. Freddie, however, is not alone: Blandings is simply brimming with criminals and impostors all intent on stealing Aunt Constance's 20,000 pound diamond necklace. It is left to the debonair Psmith, with his usual aplomb, to unscramble the passion, problems, and identities, of one and all.

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What was one of the most memorable moments of Leave it to Psmith?

It wasn't a single moment, just a few hours of enjoyable fluff.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Half and half. It was one I wanted to go on longer. It isn't a page turner, like some mysteries, but a pleasant escape, like a picnic on a perfect Spring day.


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- Blandina

The Problem with Audio Books Is...

...that when you've heard one performance of a work, that becomes "the" performance for you. And when you've heard a book read by the incomparable Frederick Davidson (a.k.a. David Case) that reading becomes "THE" reading. No other performance will do.

Such is the case with this particular recording of Leave It To Psmith. As I listen, I am constantly reminded of how much more juice Davidson got out of that line. And that line, too. And the next one. Golden moments of irony or innuendo are passed up. Sentences seemed rushed through. The character of Psmith--a Wodehouse creation of the first rank, standing with Ukeridge as among his most engaging and unique--simply sits there. His lofty unconcern for his circumstances, his unconquerable gift for persiflage in the face of every challenge, are simply not expressed in Jonathan Cecil's vocal portrayal.

Then there is his diction. Simply put, the ends of words seem to be missing. Final s's are nonexistent. Ending syllables evaporate. There's a fault with Cecil's enunciation or the recording is faulty. Either way, it's annoying and distracting.

It's sad because Leave It To Psmith, though often overlooked or underrated, is really one of Wodehouse's very best efforts.

What to do? The cry goes round the clubs: shall this Psmith be returned to store? Yes indeed. I'm only in the middle of chapter 2 but I give up...and patiently await the day when Audible will be able to give us a wider selection of Frederick Davidson's performances from the Wodehouse shelf.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.