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It turns out that Wodehouse can write clever, witty, imaginative stories, full of Wooster-type humor with an amazing variety of people an situations.
Would you listen to The Man Upstairs and Other Stories again? Why?
Yes. Frederick Davidson is an amazing reader and for me was the original voice of Bertie, though I think that some listeners prefer Jonathan Cecil (who is also amazing, but different).
Who was your favorite character and why?
Bertie and Clarence.
What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He knows how to pause and hold for effect.
If you could take any character from The Man Upstairs and Other Stories out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Bertie of course.
A collection of Wodehouse short stories that serves very well as an audiobook to hold in reserve and dip into when you want a quick 20 minute listen.
If you want to listen for several hours at a time, then a longer single story would be a better bet as these can become a bit "samey" if listened to end-to-end.
Personally, I was not wildly taken with the narration, but not to the extent of marring the pleasure of Wodehouse's writing.
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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I never found out! The narration is so naïve and poor that within a chapter I was so annoyed with Mr Davidson for ruining the brilliant PG Wodehouse that I abandoned the story
What was most disappointing about P. G. Wodehouse’s story?
Nothing, just the sub standard narration!
What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?
Everything!! You've caused your own problems by previously using the incomparable services of Jonathan Cecil who not only reads the words, he acts the parts. His diction is perfect, he has a thousand voices, he reads at the correct speed and emphasises at the correct moment. I'm afraid Mr Davidson is very poor in comparison and I won't buy him again.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Man Upstairs and Other Stories?
I couldn't comment as I never got past the first chapter of this poor performance.
Any additional comments?
Jonathan Cecil is brilliant! Paul Shelley, Graham Seed, Nigel Lambert, Dinsdale Landen, Jeremy Sinden and James Saxon are acceptable and Ian Carmichael disappointing. David Ian Davies and Frederick Davidson however are awful, almost childish in the way they read and become immensely annoying. 'Jill the Reckless' is just as bad as the 'Man Upstairs' above and I shall not be investing in other titles read by these really poor narrators! I'm only sorry that I had to discover this the hard way and that my collection of Wodehouse will never include these titles!!!
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