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This was my first exposure to P.G. Wodehouse and therefore my first visit to Blandings Castle as well, and I enjoyed it enough that I'm looking for more. I thought the reading by Jarvis wonderful with all the voice characterizations he brings to it. At first, not being familiar with the people and doings at Blandings Castle, I thought the story was a bit slow developing, but it gained great momentum as it proceeds through all the funny complications of the story.
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Another great Blandings book narrated by the superlative Martin Jarvis. I was a little surprised that the there is a one & a half hour mystery novel added to the end. It doesn’t seem to be mentioned anywhere in the advertising but was also pretty good although not narrated by Martin.
This is an okay tale of a beloved character in his 'off stage' existence. The Empress is the centre of an intrigue mixed up with the livelihoods of many a young buck and a fine romp it is. For the Woodhouse afficienado; a casual reader might well be puzzled as understanding of the world inhabited by the players is assumed, rather in the way an episode of a soap only makes sense if you already watch regularly.
Martin Jarvis is an exceptional narrator enlivening anything he touches. Here, his virtuousity is displayed in making a lot of ultra posh men distinctive!!!