Having always loved the Wooster and Jeeves BBC television adaptation, I thought, "Ho!" Why not give the audio book a try? It is even funnier because you get inside Wooster's rather addled head. The narration of this one was hysterical. My husband and I were listening on an airplane and pretty much had to stuff our fists in our mouths to avoid guffawing out loud repeatedly.
I just downloaded an earlier Wooster and Jeeves (My Man, Jeeves) and am not so far impressed with the narration. Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Cecil (narrator here) have apparently spoiled me.
All the stories are basically the same theme, so It's not like one really needs to listen to every single book, I suppose. Hence, I am off, forthwith, to check on more narrated by Jonathan Cecil.
So I got this out of the Oregon audio book library originally. After borrowing the first 3 books in the series, I had to join audible to get them as the library didn't have them. After listening to one after another, I realized I needed to OWN them all, so I bought the early ones as well. For the first time in my life I just Re-Listened to a book (this one) and am now starting on #2.
Why? Jackie makes me realize you can keep on keeping on no matter what the circumstances if you take stock of your situation, make the best of it, and occasionally throw in a little heartfelt prayer for your mates. If you are a complete square, you won't like these books, but if you appreciate all kinds of people from all walks of life, you and Jackie, will have a lot in common. She does try to be as good a girl as she can, but sometimes circumstances require a slight loosening of standards. These are best not read to children under 13, I would say--as that is Jackie's age more or less by the end of book 1, but she manages to squeak through one situation after another with "her immortal soul" more or less intact.
Katherine Kellgren, the narrator, is AMAZING. Book after book she keeps the characters lively and her voices consistent. Her voice is clear, no popping ps, no spittle-y tongue smacking, and always beautifully accented and articulated, and as heartfelt as Jackie herself could ever desire.
Simonson does an excellent job slowly revealing her wide range of characters, so that you slowly build empathy, even with the ones whom you don't care for at first, and come to understand their motivations through their experiences, rather than being hit over the head with them. An excellent, believable portrayal of the staid, well ordered Britain of the past coming to terms with the very diverse, modern society of today.
Lovely narration. I am picky about that.
A lovely novel, with just enough joy, heartache and thought, without taxing one's mind overly much.
It's Tina Fey telling you about her own life. She has had to work extra hard to make it so successfully in a (previously?) male dominated industry ( comedy is an industry?), but she recounts it with humor and (mostly) fairness.
I have liked her for years, now I truly admire her.
Just buy it and listen already.
The earlier Wooster and Jeeves books seemed a little faster paced with the fun and action than this one. However, the language is still irrevocably Wodehouse, and certainly passes the time pleasantly enough!
Jonathan Cecil strikes the perfect tones for Wooster and Jeeves themselves, but struggles very occassionally with voices of other characters. His young American northern woman accent is hysterically bad, but I'm a young American northern woman, so it may not strike others so poorly. In general I am impressed with Cecil's vibrancy when reading.
Recommended for a light listen, but not the gut buster laughs of The Inimitable Jeeves.
I enjoyed this because it was set in Cinque Terre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (both of which I have been lucky enough to visit), Portland (near where I live), Sand Point (friend from there), Seattle (sister lives there) and Hollywood (whatever).
I truly liked one of the characters and the others were fairly interesting. The narration was great at first, but after awhile his speech patterns became a little too predictable to my ear. I think if you were really into movies this might be more interesting. Maybe it just tried to cover too much ground for me, though I did enjoy the historical flashbacks interspersed throughout.
I never read the print version, but as a northern white woman, I think it would have been very hard to hear the characters' voices so clearly in my imagination. Trying to read the southern sounds into it would have gotten in the way of the story both technically and psychologically I think. All the narrators did a fabulous job in this group effort.
It's a good, honest, attempt to look into a difficult issue and time in our history.
I haven't heard other books by these narrators, but I look forward to hearing more.
Plenty of moving moments. Listen yourself.
I appreciated Kathryn Stockett's personal note at the end. Some may say this novel doesn't delve deeply enough-- it definitely seems to still be trying to not cross same invisible line-- but one author cannot be held responsible for expressing every emotion and possibility and tragedy of an entire movement/era. I will be looking for more novels in this setting.
I loved best what I have loved about all the other Bloody Jack audio books (2 things actually). First, Jackie, the heroine. Just go meet her; you'll see what I mean, Second, Katherine Kellgren's performance--it's like a one woman radio play. Amazing. Third, (Ok, so I lied when I said 2) L.A. Meyer is just a great writer. Even in the later books when you are pretty sure Jackie really isn't going to really die this time, listening to Meyer's imaginative ways to get her out of things and his accessible-yet-not-insipid-in-any-way style keep you hanging on to every word.
Well, If I told you, it wouldn't be very sporting of me. Trust that there are the usual complement of more-or-less trustworthy navel officers, good friends, fiendish scalawags and pirates to keep you interested.
Brilliant. I cannot believe how consistent she is with her voicing from one character to the next, as well as one book to the next. Lovely singing as well.
Well, it's really more fun than moving, but, even so, it has it's moments.
This really is the reason I joined audible. Our state's digital library only had books 1-7 available, and they said they couldn't get this one (though I notice they have it now), and, man, these are addictive, I NEEDED #8. I see #9 is now available. Off to download it right now. Oh, yes, I am.
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