A Damsel in Distress

  • by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by Jonathan Cecil
  • 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan's cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress. George traces his mysterious travelling companion to Belpher Castle, home of Lord Marshmoreton, where things become severely muddled. Maud's aunt, Lady Caroline Byng, wants Maud to marry Reddie, her stepson. Maud, meanwhile, is known to be in love with an unknown American she met in Wales. So when George turns up speaking American, a nasty case of mistaken identity breaks out. In fact the scene is set for the perfect Wodehouse comedy of errors.


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Solid but probably for fans only

Written in 1919, A Damsel in Distress has all the elements of a classic Wodehouse farce: a titled aristocrat or two, an imperious butler, an American interloper and, of course, a charming heroine being prevented from marrying the hero by a bossy, interfering aunt who thinks about nothing but class and money.

However, this reads like an early version of the Blandings series: while all the typical characters and setups are there (including the somewhat vague lord of the manor obsessed with an unsuitable agricultural hobby: in the Blandings stories, he's obsessed with his prize pig; here he's obsessed with his roses), the distinctive Wodehouse wit isn't quite as sharp as it becomes later - there aren't a whole lot of laugh-out-loud moments.

Jonathan Cecil is a solid reader (not my personal favourite, but I think I'm in the minority there), and this is definitely worth a listen, but if you're new to Wodehouse, this probably isn't the audiobook to start with.

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- Sarah

Good Fun

Normally I wouldn't choose a book like this, but I wanted something different. This book turned out to be a delight. It was a light hearted comedy of errors. It was a fun listen.

One of the characters reminded me of Hugh Laurie's character on Black Adder. See if you can guess which one...
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- Rebecca

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2005
  • Publisher: Audible Studios