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The writing of P. G. Wodehouse put him among the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. He began his post-collegiate career working in a bank. Very dissatisfied with the job, he began writing magazine articles when he had any spare time. What an outstanding professional decision that turned out to be.

Wodehouse wrote a novel, The Potholders, in 1902, but it led to collections of short stories that began a year later. He wound up creating several comic characters, with the most famous being stories featuring Bertie Wooster, who had a sort of lopsided way of approaching life. This led to many convoluted adventures that should more aptly be called misadventures. Somehow, Bertie’s faithful valet, Jeeves, was always around to steer him to more normal ways of handling the hilarious mishaps that were a regular part of a haphazard lifestyle. The duo was featured in over 30 of the more than 300 tales penned by Wodehouse, many of them originally in magazines.

Wodehouse also wrote scripts for stage and screenplays and was still writing right up until his death in 1975, a joyous output that stretched out to nearly three quarters of a century. What you’re about to hear, A Damsel in Distress, is a prime example of the Wodehouse trademark of elaborate quirks of hilarity. Listen and enjoy.

Originally published in 1919.

Public Domain (P)2021 John D. Rayburn

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Terrible narrator.

I couldn’t get past the Introduction. The narrator pronounced the author’s name as WOAD-house, not WOOD-house. He lost me at that point. Highly NOT recommended.

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  • 02-03-22

Dreadful

Badly renarratedVery boa truly awful narration. Narrator boring and very nasal. Could not finish the audiobook because of this.

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  • joyce moore
  • 11-15-21

Inappropriate casting

Wodehouse's witty dialogue ruined by terrible narrator. He is unable to differentiate between characters. Young, old, male and female are portrayed with the same elderly annoying drawl. I cannot recommend this audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-21

Disappointing

I started listening but was disappointed to hear an American voice for what is a quintessentially English tale. After the narrator referred to “Bernie” Wooster in the first sentences, I switched off…

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  • Norbert
  • 01-31-22

Lacklustre performance

P.G must be rolling in his grave. Mumbled and incomprehensible performance destroys this classic story

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  • melanie
  • 12-23-21

Weird narration

American narrator of seemingly advanced years made it difficult to understand what he was saying not to mention not really appropriate for these stories

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-22

5 minutes was enough!

Sad that someone thinks this is an adequate performance. What part of mumble and slur makes for a good rendition?