Three Men and a Maid


Read by Tim Bulkeley

(4.5 stars; 217 reviews)

This book with two titles, Three Men and a Maid in the USA and The Girl on the Boat in the UK is a typical PG Wodehouse romantic comedy, involving, at various times: a disastrous talent quest, a lawyer with a revolver, a bulldog with a mind of his own and a suit of armour!

The maid, or marriageable young woman, of the American title is red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet. The three men are Bream Mortimer, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, Eustace Hignett, a poet of sensitive disposition who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and Sam Marlowe, Eustace's would-be-dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight. All four find themselves on an ocean liner headed for England together (hence the British title), along with an elephant-gun-wielding young woman called Jane Hubbard who is smitten with Eustace the poet. Typically Wodehousian romantic shenanigans ensue. Even Estace's redoubtable mother (a Theosophist author and public speaker) fails to quell the excitement.(Summary by WikiPedia, adapted by Tim Bulkeley.) (5 hr 42 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 22:41 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 02 42:05 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 03 18:12 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 04 29:39 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 05 13:39 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 06 9:55 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 07 19:59 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 08 10:56 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 09 17:35 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 10 5:45 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 11 17:20 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 12 13:41 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 13 13:21 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 14 21:00 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 15 19:54 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 16 - Part 1 11:33 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 16 - Part 2 9:55 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 16 - Part 3 11:38 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 16 - Part 4 16:18 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 16 - Part 5 7:40 Read by Tim Bulkeley
Chapter 16 - Part 6 9:36 Read by Tim Bulkeley

Reviews

Fantastic Reading of a Wonderful Story

(5 stars)

This reader is simply one of the best I've heard. I've bought books on tape with far worse readings than what this story offers for free. The story is very well written and has a very dry British sense of humor which comes off extremely well with this reader. I highly recommend you give this a listen.

A refreshing change in pace for Wodehouse

(5 stars)

Wodehouse weaves a complex intertangled set of personal views and lives in a hilarious tale of miscommunications and presumptions to create a constantly changing expectation of the listener of this book. The reader does a fine job with voices and inflections to make each character's life become real. Excellent listen!

A Twenty Minute Egg

(5 stars)

This little-known but pricelessly funny early Wodehouse is given a superb reading by Tim Bulkeley. This is my first experience of TB’s talent, and I shall scurry to acquire the others as quickly as if I had a dozen aunts on my tail.

three Men and a maid

(5 stars)

the narrator had a wonderful voice and accent for this story. Light-hearted humor and just a bit difficult to follow each character and scene in spite of different voices by narrator. Went back twice to recap. Very enjoyable. Recommend for bedtime listening.

One of the best on Librivox

(5 stars)

I love PG WODEHOUSE and the reader of this version of Three Men and a Maid has it absolutely spot on. This is laugh out loud audio book perfection. I can't praise it highly enough. Couldn't put it down.

Great book! Excellently read!

(5 stars)

Tim Bulkely is such a great reader that I am going to check out other books he had read (bigbible.org). He brings these zany characters to life, from querolous to demanding to wimpy.

three men and a maid

(5 stars)

a very witty and comic romp set in the time of prohibition. a real change from Bertie Wooster and co. thoroughly enjoyable.

GREAT FUN

(5 stars)

The mental pictures conjured in tha final section by the delightful reader made me laugh until tears filled my eyes.