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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I've listen to quite a few of his books now and I think this is one of his best. Very funny and a great story.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Many people know little more than the Jeeves and Wooster stories by P. G. Wodehouse.
This is as good a place as any to start exploring his other stories.
It has the same basic plotlines that are so well loved and the same cast of colourful and eccentric characters.
The quality is superb, narration spot on..............
Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to A Damsel in Distress again? Why?
I am a Wodehouse fan and there are very few of his stores that haven't thoroughly enjoyed. Whilst this may not be one of his best it's still very, very good. The typical thread of circumstances, characters' single-mindedness and downright tomfoolery lead the novel through catastrophe, plotting and delight. The course of true love, in the Wodehouse world, never runs smoothly.
Any additional comments?
Jonathan Cecil is one of the best performers of Wodehouse novels. He managers to really engage the listener and his ability to conjure up the characters personalities vocally is astounding.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful