AudioBook Review: The Girl in Blue by P.G. Wodehouse
Fans of P.G. Wodehouse will find this book slightly referential to earlier works, while lacking some of the punch and pure fun of his earlier works, even though the man still writes a beautiful line of prose. Typical Wodehouse in terms of characters and events, with several slapstick movements and dialogue that feels completely British in both delivery and use: this is not the story I would chose to suggest to someone who is unfamiliar with this author’s work. This is in no way a bad story, but the earlier works are less referential and feel more present and original than this book.
But, fans of Wodehouse will appreciate the references to the older works, and find some delight in these new characters as they fall into a story rife with miscommunication, thefts, outrageous characters and a stately home. With a rich American pair of brother and sister who were touring Britain after he arrest for shoplifting, a feckless nephew engaged to one woman while in love with another that he has just met, brothers and their stately home and a questionable theft and you have several elements that can come together to create a fast-paced and comedic story.
Narration in this story is provided by Graham Steed, with his softly musical delivery with voice tone and tenor similar to listening to Sir Ian McKellen, his delivery is a perfect fit for the story being neither overly dramatic nor manipulated in ways that would distract from the reader’s enjoyment. His voice made this a perfect relaxing listen with plenty of moments to laugh and enjoy.
I received an MP3 download from the audio producers via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: The Girl in Blue
Author: P.G. Wodehouse
Narrator: Graham Seed
Format: Paperback, Audible, Audio CD
Audio Producer: AudioGo
Length: 5 Hours: 45 minutes
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Genre: Literary Fiction / Humor
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 3
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About the Book:
Young Jerry West has a few problems. His uncle Crispin is broke and employs a butler who isn’t all he seems. His other uncle, Willoughby, is rich but won’t hand over any of his inheritance. And to cap it all, although already engaged, Jerry has just fallen in love with the wonderful Jane Hunnicutt, whom he’s just met on jury service. But she’s an heiress, and that’s a problem too – because even if he can extricate himself from his grasping fiancée, Jerry can’t be seen to be a gold-digger.
Enter “The Girl in Blue” – a Gainsborough miniature which someone has stolen from Uncle Willoughby. Jerry sets out on a mission to find her – and somehow, hilariously, everything comes right.
About the Author:
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, KBE, was a comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career of more than seventy years and continues to be widely read over 30 years after his death. Despite the political and social upheavals that occurred during his life, much of which was spent in France and the United States, Wodehouse’s main canvas remained that of prewar English upper-class society, reflecting his birth, education, and youthful writing career.
An acknowledged master of English prose, Wodehouse has been admired both by contemporaries such as Hilaire Belloc, Evelyn Waugh and Rudyard Kipling and by modern writers such as Douglas Adams, Salman Rushdie and Terry Pratchett. Sean O’Casey famously called him “English literature’s performing flea”, a description that Wodehouse used as the title of a collection of his letters to a friend, Bill Townend.
Best known today for the Jeeves and Blandings Castle novels and short stories, Wodehouse was also a talented playwright and lyricist who was part author and writer of fifteen plays and of 250 lyrics for some thirty musical comedies. He worked with Cole Porter on the musical Anything Goes (1934) and frequently collaborated with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He wrote the lyrics for the hit song “Bill” in Kern’s Show Boat (1927), wrote the lyrics for the Gershwin – Romberg musical Rosalie (1928), and collaborated with Rudolf Friml on a musical version of The Three Musketeers (1928)