The setting is Blandings Castle in rural Shropshire England, idyllic country seat of eccentric Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth. It is summer time and Blandings is bursting with bizarre visitors including his Lordship's sister Lady Constance and Alaric, Duke of Dunstable. The Duke brings with him a recently purchased painting of a rather fetching nude which, it seems, everyone wants to get their hands on. American visitor, Wilbur Trout believes the nude resembles his latest ex-wife, whilst Lord Emsworth is convinced the portrait bears more than a passing resemblance to his peerless prize pig, the Empress! Soon Blandings becomes a hornet's nest of theft, forgery, imposters - and romance. Luckily Emsworth's brother, Sir Galahad, illustrious member of the old Pelican Club, is on hand to sort things out...
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Wonderfully funny listening with a cast of hilarious characters that keeps up a swift pace thanks to the a classic combination of highly-acclaimed British actor Martin Jarvis reading Britain's finest comic writer - P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975).From AudioFile:
Here's another non-Jeeves comedy by the master. Blandings Castle, scene of many stories, is once again populated by irascible, forgetful, peevish, elderly characters and their wandering, impulsive, ne'er-do-well young relatives, with friends of each group abounding and servants, too. The usual misunderstandings involving theft and young love put the castle in a constant humorous uproar. Frederick Davidson has narrated other Wodehouse titles and many other books, and his faintly sardonic, cultured British approach is adequate, if unspectacular. While all his young women have the same vapid, breathy voices, he's quite successful with the males young and old, who rasp and mutter and fumble about nicely. D.W. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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