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Pretty, impecunious Sally Nicholas never dreamed a fortune could prove a disadvantage, until she became an heiress and watched in bewilderment as her orderly existence went haywire. Coping first with her brother's wild theatrical ambitions, then with the defection of her fiancé and his immediate replacement by a much more appropriate but strangely unattractive suitor, Sally finds that life in New York is becoming altogether too complicated, and a trip to England only makes the whole situation worse.

But just as Sally is concluding that she has disastrously misplaced her bets, it looks as if a piece of speculation about an outsider might just give her adventures a happy ending.

P.G. Wodehouse is in sparkling form, in a story set on both sides of the Atlantic in the Roaring '20s.

Right ho, Jeeves: don't miss more from P.G. Wodehouse.
(P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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long live wodehouse

While the story is clasic Wodehouse (post 'school stories' and pre-Wooster), the narration by Frederick Davidson leaves much to be desired. His rendition of American accents is stilted yet robotic, which unfortunately distracts the listenter from savoring the comedy that Wodehouse is known for. Four stars for the story, but only one for the audiobook narrator.

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Jerky, Choppy, Scrambling, Untidy. But I Like It.

“A jerky, choppy book. Mrs. Meecher's lodging house in New York is Dickensian. Several short story themes are tied up untidily together, and there is a scrambling of loose ends to finish up.”

Thus Richard Usborne, in his ubiquitous “Plum Sauce: A P. G. Wodehouse Companion”. And I suppose he’s right. Sally’s loyalty to those who shared her impecunious days at Mrs. Meecher’s does get a tad glutinous; in his early books, Wodehouse tends to make paragons out of his heroines—not surprising, as he made the shift from light romances to lighter comedy. And, like all great artists, PGW certainly recycled material. I even agree about the jerks and chops—from romance to humor to a shot at poignant tragedy (see Gerald Foster’s drunk scene), though I can’t say any of that has ever bothered me.

I say “ever” because this is probably the 15th or 20th time I’ve listened to this book. Doing the dishes, mowing the lawn, or sipping a cocktail, chances are very good that I’m listening to Plum. I use Wodehouse like Butler Beach uses port—to steady the nerves and impart a genial glow. And, even granting all Mr. Usborne’s insights, I’ve come to appreciate the early work just as much as the masterpieces—mostly for those flashes of the mature style that burst out so unexpectedly (like a proposal of marriage to Sally interrupted by two waiters arguing in ersatz Italian). Though written around the same time as Wodehouse’s first great short story collections (The Clicking of Cuthbert, The Inimitable Jeeves) Sally is just a mildly funny, amusing romance that makes me smile. Of course, Frederick Davidson’s suave, nuanced reading helps it all go down easy, too.

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total delight!

I only wish PJ W had written more books with a female lead! Sally is a gem and this book an old favorite.

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Witty and sweet

I liked this book. The main character is kindhearted and always helping others which leads her on adventures and mishaps. The plot has many twists and turns but is slower moving than more modern books. Stick with it because it is worth it. There are also lots of little insights and wisdom about life throughout the story. I was annoyed that a book about Sally, a woman, is read by a man. He did do the best that he could though.

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Confusing at times, too many characters. Need a map of names to follow. Never finished.

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Great book

One of my favorites of PG Wodehouse. Not fond of the breathy female voices, though.

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A wonderful cast of characters, in interesting circumstances

I love most of P. G. Wodehouse’s books, especially when they’re read by a British gentleman with a quite adjustable voice like this one. Most of all I love the characters in these books, and this one is a fine example! There are characters I fell in love with, and others I enjoyed despising. And to make it a real story and not just biographies, this book has interesting circumstances and surprises. All together a wonderful read that I’d suggest to anybody who likes old fashioned rom-coms.

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Good Story, Bad Performance

The story was good, light humor — what we’ve come to expect from P.G. Wodehouse, but the reader was hard to listen to. His voice characterizations were at times annoying, and some of his inflections didn’t seem to fit the content at all. All in all, I think I’d listen to the story again, if read by someone else. I’d avoid recordings made with this reader.

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Excellent narrator

Frederick Davidson reminds me od voice od David Case narraring “Longshot” my favorite. Dick Frances. Thoroughly. enjoying both.

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Ought to be a play

PGW sprinkles humor all around in most books but it’s more concentrated in the dialogue here. Plot progression is simple and recognizable. Hence, could be a stage production, even a high school drama club could do it. 100 or so intervening years of culture change is problematic. How could this be updated?

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  • Tom
  • 11-30-10

non-vintage wodehouse, iffy narration

The Adventures of Sally is an early Wodehouse (1922) before he really got into his stride with Jeeves and Blandings Castles stories. His trademarks of superb prose, affectionate humour and daft yet intricate plots are all in evidence but they are not in the same class as vintage Wodehouse.

Frederick Davidson is a very fine narrator with the right book - for example his Vanity Fair would be hard to beat. But his naturally ironic style simply does not suit the book. You need a narrator like Martin Jarvis or Jonathan Cecil who are both past masters with Wodehouse.

I could not recommend this audiobook to anyone but a dyed-in-the-wool Wodehouse fan (as I am!). I am not sure whether there is another version, but if not, better to read the book.

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  • Transformer Books
  • 02-05-19

Not Typical Wodehouse

An early Wodehouse, and pretty disappointing. Basically just a romance. Wodehouse is not on his form, this is neither witty nor outrageous nor daft nor zany and definitely not laugh-out-loud funny. And some of the descriptive passages go on a bit! Vintage Wodehouse never never wastes a word. This one was really not worth resurrecting as an audiobook. The narrator does a pretty good job, but I wouldn't want to listen again.

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  • david mark bennie
  • 09-28-21

dire

it takes a special talent to make Wodehouse sound dull, this narrator succeeds spectacularly. awful, so bad as to make it (for me at least) unbearable.

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  • Carole
  • 07-05-22

Charming & lighthearted

Enjoyable language and lighthearted storyline make this a charming listen. A different style of Wodehouse.

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  • "timhg"
  • 05-04-22

Gentle story

Good story with some funny moments. Well read and kept me interested the whole way through.

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  • Sagittarian
  • 01-23-22

A different Wodehouse

An early Wodehouse, less compact. Still entertaining. Some insightful passages on relationships. Still funny. Listenable.

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  • S M.
  • 12-16-21

Little predictable

Enjoyable if rather predictable. Found it rather long for its content. A ‘cosy “ book for an easy listen. Not going to challenge

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  • anne.sherry
  • 09-26-21

Meh

I LOVE Wodehouse- why then was I wondering ‘how much longer?’
Think the plot too circuitous, and the writing not up to Pelham’s later standard. However worthy of a listen for ardent fans.

Don’t do this one as a first Wodehouse; lest you get the wrong impression - start with the wonder of Wooster and you will not be disappointed!

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  • A. Smedley
  • 04-24-16

probably wodehouse's best plot yet !

If you could sum up The Adventures of Sally in three words, what would they be?

really great plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sally- so kind and helpful but determined and humorous as well

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

Just as good. His voices and accents are brilliant and varied

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

The end was a delight. There had been so many twists and turns that it was not at all predictable

Any additional comments?

Considering how many books Wodehouse wrote, I am constantly amazed by his brilliant plots and although everyone loves the Blandings novels and Jeeves and Wooster, he is constantly inventing new characters both American and English in his other books- fantastic!