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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Fredtopia on 03-19-07

Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things

This book is fantastic, one of my favorite titles by Wodehouse. While listening to this title, I had an epiphany about the inspiration and influence that Douglas Adams found in the work of P.G. Wodehouse, especially for the Dirk Gently series by Adams - my absolute favorite books. The writing style, clever use of the English language, and the fundamental interconnectedness of all things (including all elements of the plot) brought me to a new of appreciation of both authors' work.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Abigail on 11-06-07

Another little Gem by Wodehouse

Many modern comic authors state their admiration of Wodehouse and it is easy to see why. These books are such fun. This book is packed with wild schemes, comically desperate situations, a henpecked husband and a number of monetary troubles that might be solves by the theft of a necklace. The whole tale is told with the typical comic warmth of a Wodehouse story. My only complaint is that the audio quality could be a little better. It seems that no one has bothered to clean up the recording since it was a book on tape (Last one I listened to by the same narrator had left in a direction to turn the tape to side to at one point). So the volume and clarity go in and out from chapter to chapter. However, it is still easily listened to and the narration is quite good.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ruth on 02-03-08

A classic Wodehouse

This is a tale of life at Blandings Castle, the home of Lord Emsworth, short-sighted peer, and a true lover of flowers. Psmith is the hero, a perfect gentleman, and his affection for his own voice and the way he tends to 'run on' is most amusingly told. The story encompasses the plans of various parties to steal Aunt Constance's diamond necklace, but of course there is romance, villainy, and Wodehouse's usual masterly turn of phrase along the way. All the threads are gathered perfectly in the obligatory happy ending.

The reading is of course expertly done by Jonathan Cecil, but as with other titles I've listened to, the original cassette tape quality shows through in one or two places.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Frank M on 03-19-15

Totally ruined by muffled recording.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Any Wodehouse will enjoy this story. However, it sounds like it's been ripped by a well worn out cassette Most of the time the recording is so muffled, you can hardly hear it and the quality seems to alter every 30 minutes or so, thus reinforcing that supposition.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Favorite character has to be The Hon Freddie.

What aspect of Jonathan Cecil’s performance might you have changed?

The bits that aren't muffled are good. Maybe the dreadful American accents could have been better.....

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Leave it to Psmith?

As it's unabridged, none... Doh.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money on this version.
It's so badly dubbed from tape that it'll just drive you mad. I can only assume Audible picked up a tape at some car boot sale and used it to convert to MP3..
I've been playing this in the car and I have the volume turned up full on both MP3 player and car audio up loud and it's still only just bearable, but attention tends to wonder off as the experience is just not good, and I'm being polite.
Not had this problem with any other Audible title...... so far......But I suspect the other Blandings recordings might suffer from same effect....

In one word: Dreadful.

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