The Man Upstairs and Other Stories

  • by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Webster's Dictionary gives the meaning of the word "miasma" as "an infection floating in the air; a deadly exhalation". And in the opinion of Mr. Robert Ferguson, that description, though perhaps a little too flattering, on the whole summed up Master Roland Bean pretty satisfactorily. Until the previous day, Master Bean had served Mr. Ferguson in the capacity of office-boy. But there was that about Master Bean which made it practically impossible for anyone to employ him for long.Included in this collection are 19 of Wodehouse's classic pre-World War II stories.

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What the Critics Say

"Timelessly funny....[Davidson] is wry, British and almost drawling, and one supposes that this is pretty much how Wodehouse himself would sound." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

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A useful anthology for short listens

A collection of Wodehouse short stories that serves very well as an audiobook to hold in reserve and dip into when you want a quick 20 minute listen.



If you want to listen for several hours at a time, then a longer single story would be a better bet as these can become a bit "samey" if listened to end-to-end.



Personally, I was not wildly taken with the narration, but not to the extent of marring the pleasure of Wodehouse's writing.
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- George

You will NOT enjoy this version

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I never found out! The narration is so naïve and poor that within a chapter I was so annoyed with Mr Davidson for ruining the brilliant PG Wodehouse that I abandoned the story


What was most disappointing about P. G. Wodehouse’s story?

Nothing, just the sub standard narration!


What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

Everything!! You've caused your own problems by previously using the incomparable services of Jonathan Cecil who not only reads the words, he acts the parts. His diction is perfect, he has a thousand voices, he reads at the correct speed and emphasises at the correct moment. I'm afraid Mr Davidson is very poor in comparison and I won't buy him again.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Man Upstairs and Other Stories?

I couldn't comment as I never got past the first chapter of this poor performance.


Any additional comments?

Jonathan Cecil is brilliant! Paul Shelley, Graham Seed, Nigel Lambert, Dinsdale Landen, Jeremy Sinden and James Saxon are acceptable and Ian Carmichael disappointing. David Ian Davies and Frederick Davidson however are awful, almost childish in the way they read and become immensely annoying. 'Jill the Reckless' is just as bad as the 'Man Upstairs' above and I shall not be investing in other titles read by these really poor narrators! I'm only sorry that I had to discover this the hard way and that my collection of Wodehouse will never include these titles!!!

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- Barry Griffiths

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.