A Damsel in Distress

By P. G. Wodehouse
Read by Frederick Davidson

7.72 Hours 01/01/1993 unabridged
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P.G. Wodehouse is at his whimsical best as the characters of Belpher Castle muddle through impending catastrophes and ill-considered love affairs in this comedy of errors. George Bevan, an American composer of musicals, is in England to attend the performance of one. But when the Lady Patricia Maud Marsh slips into his taxi, he is drawn into the frivolous intrigues of Belpher Castle. Maud has mistaken George for another American she once fell in love with. She is attempting to escape her aunt, Lady Carolyn Byrd, who is trying to marry Maud off to her step-son, Reginald. Meanwhile, her father, Lord John Marshmoreton, has fallen in love with an actress. As the Castle servants make bets on their Lords’ and Ladies’ capricious attachments, Wodehouse weaves a jaunty satire that will leave readers breathless with its twists and antics.

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Summary

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P.G. Wodehouse is at his whimsical best as the characters of Belpher Castle muddle through impending catastrophes and ill-considered love affairs in this comedy of errors.

George Bevan, an American composer of musicals, is in England to attend the performance of one. But when the Lady Patricia Maud Marsh slips into his taxi, he is drawn into the frivolous intrigues of Belpher Castle. Maud has mistaken George for another American she once fell in love with. She is attempting to escape her aunt, Lady Carolyn Byrd, who is trying to marry Maud off to her step-son, Reginald. Meanwhile, her father, Lord John Marshmoreton, has fallen in love with an actress. As the Castle servants make bets on their Lords’ and Ladies’ capricious attachments, Wodehouse weaves a jaunty satire that will leave readers breathless with its twists and antics.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Good gad! Belpher Castle is a-dither with romance and intrigue. Wodehouse’s usual twits are in full cry as they leap about the manicured landscape…Reader Frederick Davidson portrays each character perfectly, sorting them out for the listener. His portrayal of Reggie, the wealthy and earnest American composer, is wonderful, and the women—ingenues and aunts—are very sweet or dragonish, depending.” AudioFile
“This might be nearly eighty years old, but the humor is still darned funny, ranging from snickers to giggles to an occasional laugh-out-loud guffaw…Beautifully read, semi-voiced by Davidson, each character takes on depth and identity with just the right pace and tone.”  Kliatt

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Author Bio: P. G. Wodehouse

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre– and post–World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 7.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English