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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.

Public Domain (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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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) regrettably 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dominik Lukes
  • 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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  • 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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  • Firefly
  • 28-07-21

Bravo!

Stephen Fry brings the characters from Blandings Castle to life, there is no better narrator. If you are familiar with the stories in this collection, you will absolutely love this audio version.

If you're familiar with Wooster and Jeeves but haven't read any other Wodehouse, you'll love this! This is a collection of several books from the Blandings Castle collection. They all take place in the same time period and even overlaps some of the same secondary characters, but rather than a comedic duo you have a glorious ensemble cast of characters to fall in love with. Plus, Wodehouse has SO MUCH to offer...branch out, you won't regret it.

And finally, if you're not familiar with P.G. Wodehouse at all...this is a wonderful place to start. Wodehouse has been called one of the fathers of comedy, revered by the likes of Doug Adams, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett, to name a few. His language is...unique. He is a master of the metaphor and his writing style is JAUNTY as his characters tuck into some farce or other that would have made Shakespeare proud. His turn of phrase is both mesmerizing and ridiculous, either borrowing from '20s slang or making it up as he went along until it's been made slang retroactively simply because he did it so well. A bit dated, perhaps, as new readers now are 100 years out of sync from the time and place...but it's just so much fun, that I doubt you'll mind. Enjoy!