Many of Wodehouse’s books are available as audiobooks on CD, but few come with as many bonkers twists and turns as A Damsel in Distress. Respectable George Bevan is busily minding his own business in the back of a taxi, when the lovely Maud Marsh jumps into the car with him and begs for his help. George is so moved by Maud’s tragic tale of doomed love and her Aunt Caroline’s meddlesome ways that he resolves to help her. However, as he soon discovers, no good deed goes unpunished and he finds himself at the centre of a web of mistaken identities and furious relatives.
This is a typically fast-paced CD audiobook from the pen of one of the greats of British literary humour. Jonathan Cecil lends his silver-spoon powers of narration to the story, adding an extra layer of comic bewilderment to the proceedings. Cecil, who once played Bertie Wooster in TV’s Thank You, PG Wodehouse, has been described as “the best upper-class-twit of his era.” For anyone else that would be a barbed compliment, but surely there can be no higher praise when it comes to portraying the idiosyncratic creations of PG Wodehouse!
This audiobook is a rollicking delight to listen to; perfect for quiet nights in or those long, boring journeys where you can lose yourself in a wonderful world of British eccentricity.