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Publisher's Summary

Audible Studios presents the second volume of the best-selling PG Wodehouse collection. In this volume, Stephen Fry lends his voice to the Blandings stories. This collection contains: 

Summer Lightning

Heavy Weather

Blandings Castle and Elsewhere

Lord Emsworth and Others

Uncle Fred in the Spring Time 

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all-round national treasure. Whilst at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator and friend, Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. Fry’s acting roles include Blackadder, Kingdom, Bones, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Hobbit trilogy. He has written and presented several documentary series and as a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people around the world is part of his 30-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Fry has written four novels: The Liar, The Hippopotamus (made in to a feature film in 2018), Making History and The Stars’ Tennis Balls. Translated into many languages, they have never been out of print. The most recently published works are Mythos, Heroes and Troy, a trilogy retelling the Greeks myths from the Creation to the aftermath of the Trojan War.

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a brilliant audiobook

I loved the narration, the story. I am a fan of p.g.wodehouse stories and this has been a fun run.

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Blandings Castle - An amazing journey

PG Wodehouse and Stephen Fry are good old eggs.. Don’t miss this enchanting collection of life at Blandings.

The storylines are timeless and quite often they refer to life in the 90s; 1890s for them and 1990s for us.

Go for it..

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  • John
  • 10-07-21

Like, Not Love. Now, Where’s Volume 1?

There are three advantages to this recording.

1. While Something Fresh (1915) and Leave It To Psmith (1923) didn't make the cut, here we have all the Blandings books that appeared in the decade after 1929, in order of publication, allowing us to see characters, their stories and relationships, develop over time.

2. Frederick Davidson’s magisterial recording of Heavy Weather disappeared when the world went digital. Now, for the first time in more than a couple of decades, we have an audio version of that classic.

3. Stephen Fry. At first, I agreed with Ms Askill in the UK; his performance seemed to lack the pronounced characterizations of most Wodehouse recordings. But the more I listen the more I realize what seemed a lack is really a difference. With the first version of any audiobook we hear, a sort of Lorenzian imprinting takes place; that’s the performance we remember. So, inevitably, Stephen Fry is going up against Frederick Davidson, Jonathan Cecil, John Wells, Jeremy Sinden, Nigel Lambert, and every other Wodehouse narrator you and I have enjoyed. Do I enjoy him as much? I’m getting there.

The caveat here is that I’m a self-confessed Wodehouse addict; since no concerned friend has done an intervention yet, I get my fix any way I can. And a new recording, embracing five of Wodehouse’s best efforts by a performer who loves the books about as much as we do (he’s right, by the way, in his introduction, about the rhythms of Wodehouse’s prose) is far beyond my powers of resistance.

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  • Carol
  • 16-08-21

Thank you Stephen Fry

Jonathon Cecil was so fantastic at reading Wodehouse that I couldn’t tolerate anyone else until I listened to Stephen Fry give it a whirl. This audiobook filled in the huge Blandings hole in my Wodehouse collection. Escaping for awhile to Wodehouse’s wacky but gentle world,narrated by Cecil and Fry, has become a necessity for me of late.

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  • NJ
  • 21-01-22

Volume 1 is not sold in US

I reached out to customer service and found out that volume one is in the audible catalog but not sold in the US.

https://www.audible.com/pd/B08QDKRNG1

Let’s ask and ask until it is!

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  • Jessica
  • 02-09-21

Best Thing Audible Has Done For Me

The more Stephen Fry Wodehouse there is, the more I feel I can live a whole and complete life!

Keep spreading sweetness and light, Audible, and have Stephen Fry be the milk of human kindness by continuing to lend his voice to these ingenious works.

Let’s get through the Jeeves, Blandings, and Psmith collections and on to some less well known editions, I am ready!!

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  • wvmcl
  • 02-08-21

Fulfills a need

Stephen Fry is doing so much voice work these days that we may get tired of him, but that said he does a very serviceable job on this (incomplete) Blandings Castle collection which also includes some unrelated short stories. He doesn't quite reach the level of my favorite Wodehouse narrators, Frederick Davidson and Jonathan Cecil, but it's still pretty good. Most importantly, this provides full competent performances of two core chapters of the Blandings saga that were MIA on Audible U.S. The only other version of "Summer Lightning" on Audible by someone named John Wells is perhaps the worst Wodehouse narration I have come across - he so overexaggerates the characters as to make them ludicrous and incomprehensible. Fry's narration is subtle and on-point by comparison. And the other version of "Heavy Weather" by Martin Jarvis is - horror of horrors - abridged!

A well-performed audiobook of P.G. Wodehouse is one of life's true pleasures. This is a good addition, but if you don't know the Blandings Castle stories, you might want to start at the beginning with "Something Fresh" and "Leave it to Psmith"

(A point of interest: Fry's versions of "Summer Lightning" and "Heavy Weather" seem to be an hour or two longer than audiobook versions I have listened to in the past, and to include passages I don't remember from those other versions. I haven't compared to the published text, but it makes me think that Fry's readings of these core Wodehouse novels may be more complete versions than have been available on audiobook in the past, even if those earlier ones were also listed as unabridged.)

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  • FP
  • 21-07-21

A must have. Simply brilliant. More!

Thoroughly enjoyed it. You will too. I don't think anyone can do justice to Wodehouse work more than Stephen Fry. Want more of his work presented by the narrator.

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  • William Carrington
  • 29-10-21

Fantastic

Wodehouse and Fry - listening just doesn’t get any better than this collection. Don’t miss it:)

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  • Rick
  • 30-09-21

Wow, 45 hrs for 1 credit

Great writer, stories, narrator no commercials. What a gift. It will never leave my downloads.

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  • Geoffrey Blackmer
  • 24-01-22

Fry and Wodehouse : Sublime

Fry breathes endearing charm into Wodehouse's gentry and rabble in equal measure. A sublime experience.

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  • leora
  • 16-07-22

Beyond Humorous

What a perfect combination- P.G. Wodehouse and Stephen Fry.

The former has a truly delightful way of spinning ridiculous tales of the English upper-classes, and the later (having spent his life surrounded by them) delivers a seriously droll reading of the clever escapdes and silliness.

Good for snickers and chuckles.

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  • Calico Jack
  • 17-07-21

Well worth the wait

Stephen Fry's Jeeves collection has been on regular play since it was released and I eagerly awaited Volume 2. I'm not disappointed at all - the same quality is all over this collection, which focuses on Blandings Castle and its various regular and irregular characters.
Wodehouse enthusiasts will argue till the pigs come home about whether Blandings or Jeeves are the better stories, but I would say that Jeeves is better for newcomers to Wodehouse's hilarious world. Blandings stories are written in third person whereas Jeeves are narrated by Bertie Wooster - which gives them a more racey and zoomed-in view of the story. As such, with Jeeves stories I find that every single sentence is funny, and Blandings stories tend to have funnier overarching narratives.
As other reviewers have stated, the selection of stories is a little baffling this time around. Some golf and Ukridge stories have made their way in here, and some more obvious and better-fitting ones, such as Galahad and Psmith stories, aren't present. Still, Wodehouse is Wodehouse, and everything the man wrote is pure gold.
In my opinion there is no finer humourist in the English language than Wodehouse. Everything is hilarious without a single joke or pun. There's a delightful warm-heartedness and sense of optimistic curiosity to his work that I can't imagine anyone disliking.
As before, lifelong Wodehouse fan and former Jeeves portrayer Stephen Fry brings his signature twinkle to the narration, and there really is no one better to bring you into this postcard-picturesque English world. Lovely stuff!

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  • elizabeth askill
  • 10-07-21

Missing the character depth for Wodehouse stories

Stories are wonderful and so amusing. Wish the characters had there distinctive voices as in other Wodehouse audio books.

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  • Techczech
  • 15-07-21

Great narration and Wodehouse is Wodehouse

But really poor sample of Blandings books. Two consecutive books with one story line but no Psmith and none of the later Galahad books. Most of the short stories from the Mulliner, golf and Ukridge series would have been better as part of a separate collection in favour of another Blandings novel.

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  • DM
  • 23-08-21

Best stories missing - still great though

This is a nice collection. However, as others have said, the selection of stories is a little bit confusing. My two favourite stories of the Blandings saga are the first two ("Something Fresh", "Leave it to Psmith"), and they are not contained in the present recording! Both are available on Audible, and I would recommend the versions read by Cecil. It is a real shame that these first two would have been left out of this collection. Moreover, there are various bits of the Hollywood narrations included here, which have nothing to do with Blandings. I would have loved to see all the Blandings stories in one place and so I feel this was a real missed opportunity. Stephen Fry is great, as always.

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  • 08-07-21

Very bad story

The story is very poor so even though Steven fry is very good at reading it it still is very bad

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  • Peter R
  • 23-08-21

Just sounds too much like Fry reading Harry Potter

I love these Wodehouse stories, and would rate the stories themselves at five stars (of course, because they are Wodehouse). Stephen Fry is a very talented man and a good reader and actor, but I can't listen to this collection and will be returning it for a refund. Having heard Fry's readings of the Harry Potter books rather too much, thanks to my offspring, I find that the voices he uses for these Blandings characters just sound to me like Ron, Harry, Hermione etc have bizarrely landed at Blandings. Fry is very talented, but I guess he's only got so many different character voices in his repertoire! If you haven't heard Fry reading Harry Potter, then this collection will probably be fine for you, but it was unbearable for me. Fry's 80 hour reading of the complete set of Sherlock Holmes books is fine for me, by the way - he didn't use his Harry Potter character voices in that.

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  • J. Van Duijl
  • 08-12-21

very nice

the writings of P.G. Wodehouse are perfectly suited for the voice of Stephen Fry. Not all stories are as strong as his other reading but i can still recomment this wholeheartedly. life is better in the company of a storytelling Stephen Fry. thank you!

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  • H. Kemball
  • 16-08-21

Winning comb of Wodehouse and Fry

Dont need fifteen words to sum up my opinion of this it is Simply Stupendous

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-21

Wonderful as only The Master can be

I'm a lifelong devotee of Wodehouse and envy anyone who is embarking on their first read. I was worried that Fry wouldn't do him justice, but I needn't have. He read these works so well, I shall be listening again and again. His love for Wodehouse and enjoyment of his language shines through. Superb!

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  • LEN P.
  • 25-12-21

Simple fun from a bygone age

Expertly read by Stephen Fry portraying the life and machinations off the rich in England at that time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-22

harder to follow than part 1

Book is delivered really well by Stephen Fry. but the story is all over the place and hard to follow

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  • Shaz Ginns
  • 19-12-21

Not to be missed!

Another very enjoyable listening experience. Mr Fry uses just the right tone and pace for P G Wodehouse’s wonderfully funny work. One is left hoping, knowing the breadth of work still available of Mr Wodehouse’s stories, that a third volume is in the offing.

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  • spooky
  • 26-11-21

whimsical, lovely, and hilarious

I'd only previously read the Jeeves series by Wodehouse so I was interested to see what this collection would be like and I am so glad I tried it out. I fell in love with Blandings and all the characters that Wodehouse brings to life. Of course as it's read by the incredible Stephen Fry you can't go wrong