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A Pelican at Blandings

By: P. G. Wodehouse
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
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Publisher's Summary

The usual suspects, including Lord Emsworth and his prize pig, the Empress, line up at Blandings Castle for a Wodehousian caper that sees members of the upper-classes getting hot and bothered over a nude painting they all want to get their hands on. This is wit at its very finest, read by one of our superlative actors, who reads Wodehouse with the requisite style and panache.
©2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd. (P)2006 CSA Telltapes Ltd.

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P G Wodehouse is always delightful

If you could sum up A Pelican at Blandings in three words, what would they be?

light, witty, charming

Who was your favorite character and why?

Galahad Fleetwood, the brother of Lord Emsworth

Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

No

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A splendid book, beautifully read by Martin Jarvis; relaxing, delightful, clever, and light-hearted.

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perfect wodehouse

Would you listen to A Pelican at Blandings again? Why?

Yes, the language is wonderful and the reading brings out all the humor.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Pelican at Blandings?

description of exersize in view of London's public

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

Yes, he is fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments moved to laughter.

Any additional comments?

A great pleasure.

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Great fun, superbly done

Thoroughly enjoyed Martin Jarvis’s rendition of this amusing Wodehouse. His voices are absolutely superb! I could not listen without a smile on my face every time i turned it on ( during commutes). Just hearing the pompous ass voice of Dunstable and the imperious Connie made me laugh out loud. I shall now listen to anything Jarvis has done. I will listen to this particular Wodehouse again in future, as well! Thank you for some top shelf entertainment which can only be described as fine ART, it is so expertly and
classically delivered.

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Fun listening for fans

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I wouldn't change anything, as Wodehouse remixes all his standard characters and plot devices for another humorous romp.

Would you be willing to try another book from P. G. Wodehouse? Why or why not?

I am looking forward to other Wodehouse books read by Martin Jarvis.

What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings a cadence to the dialogue and a brisk breezy pace which set a proper tone.

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This is another good Wodehouse story. Some readers might get tired of Wodehouse's use of the same plot devices over an over, and this would be a fair criticism. There is very often a case of mistaken identity and someone trying to steal something in order to avoid some embarrassment. And yet the characters are always good, there is always a decent amount of Wodehouse's dry wit, and a good human touch. Martin Jarvis is a great reader who adds a special dramatic touch to the characters and events. So all in all, great entertainment value. And this is, after all, what Wodehouse is generally about.

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The Weakest of the Blandings stories

Entertaining enough, but the plots and characters don't dovetail so tightly as they do in most Wodehouse stories.

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  • 05-23-19

Magical

Martin Jarvis is the perfect narrator for the timeless classics of Wodehouse. hours of pleasure.

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  • montagni
  • 10-25-18

A good listen

Very well narrated. Enjoyable light hearted fun.
I felt the narrator gave a perfect rendering of all the characters. Gally Clarence and Aunt Connie especially! Recommended.

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  • VM J
  • 02-27-18

Wodehouse without Wooster

Brilliant storytelling by Martin Jarvis. The story has the clever younger brother of Lord Emsworth, Galahad orchestrating the action. It is a lovely change from the usual Jeeves and Wooster. All ends happily ever after as you would expect but a jolly romp on the way. Absolutely excellent.

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  • James Tobiasen
  • 10-29-22

Full marks to Jarvis

I’m a huge fan of Wodehouse but it has to be said that this isn’t one of his strongest efforts. There are of course delightful moments, wonderful turns of phrase etc. but the plot is dialled in and the incidental characters are all a little one dimensional. Having said that the whole thing is saved by Martin Jarvis’s performance which is superb throughout.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-22

Good book excellent performance

Really enjoyable. I love the story and how Martin Jarvis brings it to life. A Wodehouse classic.

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  • Sunny
  • 04-28-22

thoroughly enjoyable

Well read with good character voices, a narrator capable of captivating a distracted mind and so relaxing the body, perfect for nights I can't sleep

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  • Susie
  • 03-16-22

A nice easy listen

Listened to this in two sittings . A nice easy listen with predictable Wodehouse characters brought to life in a way only Martin Jarvis can do so. Very enjoyable

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  • Unsy
  • 11-30-20

The usual Wodehouse fun

The book was well read and easy to follow - if a little dated. The plot was straight-forward and a nice distraction from the seriousness of everyday life. Rather a short book - but most of Wodehouse's stores are!

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  • Helen
  • 08-12-20

Great fun

Great story, although maybe not one of his finest; great narrator; and plenty of laughs to keep listeners chuckling out loud even in the 21st century.