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Wodehouse met with controversy in his life, and was often undervalued as a literary figure because his writing didn't skirt the confectionery: it planted itself firmly in the middle of it. The more I read or listen to his work the more I'm utterly bowled over by his precision, clarity, invention - and by the utter genius of his comic timing. He might not be the deepest writer, but he is the most deeply superficial one ever to trot the boards of that stickiest of wickets: English prose. And Jonathan Cecil is something like the incarnation of the Buddha of the perfect Wodehousian voice.
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I'd heard some critics claim that the Psmith character is actually much funnier than the Jeeves stories, but I had a hard time believing it until I listened to this story. Psmith, like Jeeves, has an uncanny knack of manipulating the behaviour of everyone around him in order to achieve his own ends while maintaining detachment and apparent innocence.
This book doesn't have quite as many laugh-out-loud moments as some of the Jeeves and Wooster stuff (the setting of the story is the New Asiatic Bank, and Wodehouse's hatred of his first job in a bank - at the same age that Psmith is in this story - is well documented, so I'm thinking perhaps this is less farcical) but the plotting is excellent. And let's face it: I love Bertie Wooster as much as the next person (and probably more) but there is a limit to how many stories one can read about his half-baked engagements before you long for a bit of variety. Psmith in the City makes a nice change.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
Johnathan Cecil is perfect for my favourite Wodehouse character. Always considered his Psmith to be his best performances, even better than his Bertie Wooster. The storyline is well up to the author's usual high standard.
What did you like most about Psmith in the City?
It is a good yarn with some decent funny bits.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Psmith in the City?
The hustings at which Psmith attends and interjects with carefully chosen words and causes a riot.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Indeed it did but there were quality issues with the recording that meant that it was below the usual standard from Audible.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
You might if you had time. I was sufficiently engaged to take it with me in the car to listen to on the way to work.
Any additional comments?
It sounded as if the recording had been badly edited. Many phrases were cut off at the last word so you could not hear the ending of the word or phrase. This was very irritating and was a disatraction from the story.
loving these renditions of the psmith stories! classic wodehouse.... funny, lighthearted, relaxing listening. HIGHLY recommended for Wodehouse fans... something a little different from his usual romantic comedy forays.