The Prince and Betty


Read by Don W. Jenkins

(4.5 stars; 123 reviews)

The Prince and Betty is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse. It was originally published in Ainslee's Magazine in the United States in January 1912, and, in a slightly different form, as a serial in Strand Magazine in the United Kingdom between February and April 1912, before being published in book form, in the UK only, by Mills & Boon, London, on 1 May that year. A substantially different version, which incorporated the plot of Psmith, Journalist, was published in the US by W. J. Watt, New York on 14 February 1912, and is the only version now widely available. (This is the version presented here.) The story tells of how unscrupulous millionaire Benjamin Scobell decides to build a casino on the small Mediterranean island of Mervo, dragging in the unwitting heir to the throne to help. Little does he know that his stepdaughter Betty has history with the young man John Maude, and his schemes lead to a rift between the newly-reunited pair. (Introduction from Wikipedia) (6 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01, The Cable from Mervo 10:43 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 02, Mervo and Its Owner 18:50 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 03, John 12:48 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 04, Vive le Roi 12:56 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 05, Mr. Scobell Has Another Idea 13:41 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 06, Young Adam Cupid 12:09 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 07, Mr. Scobell Is Frank 13:30 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 08, An Ultimatum from the Throne 15:20 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 09, Mervo Changes Its Constitution 17:49 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 10, Mrs. Oakley 13:25 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 11, A Letter of Introduction 12:30 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 12, "Peaceful Moments" 15:09 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 13, Betty Makes a Friend 12:23 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 14, A Change of Policy 16:00 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 15, The Honeyed Word 11:58 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 16, Two Visitors to the Office 18:00 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 17, The Man at the Astor 17:40 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 18, The Highfield 20:43 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 19, The First Battle 16:16 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 20, Betty at Large 17:02 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 21, Changes in the Staff 10:19 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 22, A Gathering of Cat Specialists 11:16 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 23, The Retirement of Smith 11:04 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 24, The Campaign Quickens 13:25 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 25, Cornered 10:03 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 26, Journey's End 14:28 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 27, A Lemon 13:30 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 28, The Final Attempt 11:43 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 29, A Representative Gathering 15:33 Read by Don W. Jenkins
Chapter 30, Conclusion 4:06 Read by Don W. Jenkins

Reviews

Very funny, never a dull moment

(5 stars)

Reader does a great job, story is crazy, involves royalty, New York gangs, a lovely romance, takes on big city corruption, and loves cats. So funny you will love it!:)

Great story by Wodehouse again!

(5 stars)

This was an extremely entertaining story and very well read too! There was never a dull moment. Although it isn’t one of Wodehouse’s funniest tales, I thoroughly enjoyed the little splashes of humor that appeared throughout. Thank you to the wonderful narrator, Don W. Jenkins! I will definitely look for more stories narrated by him.

Mixed Feelings

(3.5 stars)

I had mixed feelings about this one, the story was pretty good and it frequently made me smile, peppered with the occasional chuckle, but I think my enjoyment was hampered by the just-okay reading. Something about the reader's pacing and manner of speaking was a bit distracting and, more than once, made listening feel a bit tedious. Overall, it was a decent effort and I found it a moderately pleasant experience.

Another great Wodehouse!

(5 stars)

This is yet another great wacky Wodehouse tale, with love, situations, and misunderstandings. But...this one also has a deeper than usual message about socioeconomic disparities and concerns. All handled well and with Wodehouse's trademark humor. This Librivox volunteer reader, Don Jenkins, is one of my favorites and he does a fantastic job of bringing this story to life.

I really loved this story

(5 stars)

Wodehouse does a nice job of setting up a wonderful story that takes us through different settings and locations. It is always good for laughs, and always ends well. Don Jenkins is a wonderful reader, he does a great job with character voices and his recordings are always excellent. Thanks Don!

The Prince and Betty by P. G. Wodehouse. Read by Don W. Jenkins.

(5 stars)

Don Jenkins does a really top notch job of bring out the humor of the story. As always, Wodehouse's stories are worth the time to listen and enjoy. Thanks to Don.

(5 stars)

Delightful story, and well read! Mr. Jenkins did an admirable job with different voices, including some particularly enjoyable 20s NYC gangster accents.

Great.... man cave love story!

(5 stars)

Guys, guts, business deals with twists all in a love story. Now what's not to like!