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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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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!!!
What other book might you compare Uncle Fred In The Springtime to, and why?
Nothing compares to Wodehouse. Other Wodehouse books maybe?
What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?
Real commitment to the characters. Brilliant voices - like listening to a full cast performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Would happily have done so.
Any additional comments?
The last hour and a half of the download is something else (Murder by someone or other) - I didn't listen to it, and it was a real surprise when the book suddenly ended and a new story started. It's not mentioned in the cover blurb so seems to be some sort of mistake (?)