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While the story is clasic Wodehouse (post 'school stories' and pre-Wooster), the narration by Frederick Davidson leaves much to be desired. His rendition of American accents is stilted yet robotic, which unfortunately distracts the listenter from savoring the comedy that Wodehouse is known for. Four stars for the story, but only one for the audiobook narrator.
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I only wish PJ W had written more books with a female lead! Sally is a gem and this book an old favorite.
If you could sum up The Adventures of Sally in three words, what would they be?
really great plot
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sally- so kind and helpful but determined and humorous as well
Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Just as good. His voices and accents are brilliant and varied
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The end was a delight. There had been so many twists and turns that it was not at all predictable
Any additional comments?
Considering how many books Wodehouse wrote, I am constantly amazed by his brilliant plots and although everyone loves the Blandings novels and Jeeves and Wooster, he is constantly inventing new characters both American and English in his other books- fantastic!
The Adventures of Sally is an early Wodehouse (1922) before he really got into his stride with Jeeves and Blandings Castles stories. His trademarks of superb prose, affectionate humour and daft yet intricate plots are all in evidence but they are not in the same class as vintage Wodehouse.
Frederick Davidson is a very fine narrator with the right book - for example his Vanity Fair would be hard to beat. But his naturally ironic style simply does not suit the book. You need a narrator like Martin Jarvis or Jonathan Cecil who are both past masters with Wodehouse.
I could not recommend this audiobook to anyone but a dyed-in-the-wool Wodehouse fan (as I am!). I am not sure whether there is another version, but if not, better to read the book.