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  • Thank You, Jeeves

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    No longer in master Bertie Wooster’s employ, Jeeves is engaged with a new employer, Lord "Chuffy" Chuffnell, an old friend of Bertie’s. True to form, thus follows a supreme comedy of errors which is guaranteed to raise many a chortle, as Wooster travels to one of Chuffy’s cottages in Dorset to carry on his banjolele practice in (dubious) peace.

    Seong says: "Pitch Perfect Performance"
    "Pitch Perfect Performance"
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    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    Wodehouse's prose is hilarious - but Jarvis' performance adds comic timing that my own brain and imagination can't come up with. Somehow he manages to make the pauses before lines that I know by heart full of comic anticipation. Someone should create a Wodehouse narrating category for royal laureates and then dedicate it to Martin Jarvis.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grantchester Grind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tom Sharpe
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The instinct of the true Porterhouse man faced with a crisis is to reach for the bottle and then to fall back on the subtle tactical skills honed at Cambridge down the centuries: blackmail and kidnap. But will these be enough? Menaced on all sides - by the collapse of the Chapel, by the tentacles of organised crime, and by the hovering threat of the abominable Dog’s Nose Man - will Porterhouse be forced to unleash the most fearsome weapon in its armoury - the college food?

    Constant Reader says: "Tom Sharpe Gets Dull"
    "Another funny book from Tom Sharpe"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Tom Sharpe before, how does this one compare?

    The only other Tom Sharpe audiobook I've listened to is Porterhouse Blue, the first book in this series. Although I enjoyed listening to both these books neither of them were as funny as the two books I read as paperbacks - Ancestral Vices and Wilt in Nowhere. I couldn't read either of those two books in public because I laughed so hard that people would edge away from me in alarm. I'm not completely sure whether those two felt so much funnier because the stories were in fact funnier, or whether it was because the narrator sounded funnier in my head than it did read out loud by a professional.


    What aspect of Jonathan Cecil’s performance would you have changed?

    I feel terrible for saying this because Jonathan Cecil is a great reader too.... but there is a certain kind of story that makes me think wistfully of Martin Jarvis.


    Was Grantchester Grind worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Order, Book Two: The Fire King

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul Crilley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    With humans threatened by otherworldly creatures, orphans Emily and William Snow, and their friends - the pickpocket Spring-Heeled Jack and the wisecracking Corrigan - find themselves two hundred years in the past, trapped in the London of 1666.

    Seong says: "Good Enough for a Filler"
    "Good Enough for a Filler"
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    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've long been a fan of Katherine Kellgren and actually chose this audiobook by doing a quick search with her name. Kellgren's renditions really soar when the narration itself has personality - either because it is spoken in character like Bloody Jack, or simply because of writing style like The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The narration in The Invisible Order is sadly not as full of forceful personality and the liveliness of Kellgren's voice suffers rather as a result. At times, the dialogue in the text can also feel forced or stilted, which prevents her from going full steam ahead with her hilariously over the top characterizations.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the story and the narration are good enough to keep one listening to find out what happens next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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