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The story begins with Psmith accompanying his fellow Cambridge student Mike to New York on a cricketing tour. Through high spirits and force of personality, Psmith takes charge of a minor periodical, and becomes embroiled in a scandal involving slum landlords, boxers and gangsters - the story displays a strong social conscience, rare in Wodehouse's generally light-hearted works.
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  • Hilary
  • 14-08-11

Very bad sound quality

My enthusiasm for P G Wodehouse stories caused me to overlook the reviews. The sound is muffled and very hard to hear. Do not purchase this audiobook.

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  • Kevin
  • 14-03-08

Terrible quality

I'm with Frank. I love Wodehouse and Jonathan Cecil but I can't listen to this.

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  • Carol
  • 21-06-09

Poor sound quality in format 4

I hope the enhanced version is better. I almost couldn't finish this in format 4. The sound was very muddy and I often couldn't understand what the narrator was saying (a sin in a Wodehouse story). Love Jonathan Cecil and Wodehouse, but not this recording.

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  • dena
  • 02-07-13

AUDIO QUALITY PERFECT NOW!!

Would you listen to Psmith Journalist again? Why?

Although the book is overall great, the racial slurs against african americans, italians and the irish are very disappointing. Because I love P.G. Wodehouse, it makes me sad to see this side of his character.

If you’ve listened to books by P.G. Wodehouse before, how does this one compare?

This book is great. But, 'Leave It To Psmith' is still the funniest ever.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Outstanding as always!

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  • John
  • 09-03-21

Psmith vs Reality: Something’s Gotta Give

Evelyn Waugh maintained that the world of the Drones and Blandings Castle never really existed. But here we have a story set in New York City, a place that indubitably did exist. Perhaps wanting to present an accurate picture of a town few of his British readers had seen, Wodehouse spends more time than usual painting his backdrop. The result is a colorful snapshot of Gotham, circa 1915.

But in this real city we find real problems: slums, gangs and gunplay. And Psmith, always at his best when snootering those who take themselves too seriously (bank managers, club acquaintances, the efficient Baxter) can sound jarringly frivolous—and tediously long-winded—when dishing out persiflage to those who are in deadly earnest. While I’ve defended other Wodehouse stories from the charge of lack of credibility, here I have to admit that, for a writer whose tempests are usually never larger than a teapot, Psmith and Reality bear more than a passing resemblance to oil and water.

You’ll find delightful moments here, as when Psmith confronts the contributors to Cozy Moments—a group who, to a man and woman, take themselves very seriously. But there are higher spots on the Wodehouse bookshelf. Jonathan Cecil does no more than a passable job this time around. Characters’ voices tend to slip in and out of gear, and not even the gunmen seem to be able to talk good New York.

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  • canuckles
  • 05-10-17

Well it is 100 years old

There are many great lines here, and the comic tension between artist Psmith and the New York works pretty well. I wish the racism had been excised (easy to do). The least of the dozen or so Wodehouse works I've listened to or read. For fans only.

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  • Frank J. Spevak
  • 03-04-07

Hard to hear

I always enjoy Wodehouse and especially read by Jonathon Cicil, however, the quality of the recording is terrible. Need a quite road, crank the volume but adjust the bass and treble and at the same time turn down your player to minimize static.

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  • Style Setter
  • 21-12-20

Fabulous

Laugh out loud funny although due to it being written in a very different era it is not politically correct, but still not worth missing. A great follow up to In The City by PG as well.

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  • Shannon Adams
  • 09-10-18

Different is good!

Yes, this is Wodehouse’s early work and yes it isn’t as hysterical as some of his later stuff, but as it captures in a sardonic way New York at the turn of last century, it is really great! Definitely not boring.

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  • N. Brown
  • 31-08-18

So entertaining!!!

Psmith is one of Wodehouse’s best characters (in this listener’s humble opinion) and Jonathan Cecil is an incredible narrator. This is a fun story with Psmith up to his rather unorthodox antics in NYC. It’s full of twists and turns and very colorful characters that only P. G. Wodehouse could create.
Great way to spend the afternoon or evening. It will bring a smile to your face....

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  • julia
  • 28-02-13

Across the pond humour

This is a wonderful book which deserves to be better known. The mix of English oxbridge and New York underworld is brilliantly handled with the usual Wodehouse flair for language. Jonathan Cecil reads all parts well

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  • Paul Park
  • 01-12-15

Jonathan Cecil delivers again

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Not only is the book an early gem - one of the only Wodehouse novels that attempts to tackle contemporary social issues such as slum housing and organised crime in New York - it is, as ever, extremely funny and very well read by Jonathan Cecil, who is for my money the best reader of Wodehouse's work on audiobooks.

What other book might you compare Psmith Journalist to, and why?

It is comparable to Wodehouse's other stand-alone work (A Damsel in Distress, Hot Water, Summer Moonshine and so on - there are a few other novels featuring Psmith but they're their own thing) and other semi-comical social commentary, such as John Lanchester's Capital.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Psmith and Billy Windsor holding off the Three Points gang from the roof.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Organised crime and corruption have a new enemy - and its name is Cosy Moments.

Any additional comments?

None needed.

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  • Beesmalls
  • 01-12-15

Great book! Well read

Where does Psmith Journalist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Psmith Journalist is one of the best Wodehouse books. I love this series and this is one of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Psmith travels to America and takes over a quiet housekeeping magazine. Hilarity ensues.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Jonathan Cecil is always good, but if you find a very posh voice annoying, avoid. It suits Wodehouse though.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Harriet
  • 07-09-08

Psmith is let down

Although Psmith Journalist is a terrific novel, the recording of it is too muffled to make easy listening. I gave up

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