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  • The Adventures of Bertie and Jeeves: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    (36)
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    (12)
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    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881 1975), a native of Guildford, England, was probably the greatest writer of comedy in the 20th century. With each passing year, his work continues to grow in popularity. Jeeves, the omniscient, highly competent valet, and Bertie Wooster, the upper-class, feather-brained gadabout, are his two most famous creations. His stories are generally characterized by intricate plots dealing with human foibles and complex, romantic entanglements.

    Jeff says: "almost unlistenable"
    "almost unlistenable"
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    Would you try another book from P.G. Wodehouse and/or Charlton Griffin?

    I'm a Wodehouse fan, but the Charlton Griffin narration is horrendous. Complete with tinkling 20's ragtime background music, this production is cheesy and grotesque.


    What other book might you compare The Adventures of Bertie and Jeeves to and why?

    After listening Frederick Davidson's elegant and understatedly humorous readings of other Wodehouse books, this came as a very bad surprise.


    What didn’t you like about Charlton Griffin’s performance?

    It was just too corny, campy, cheesy. A good narrator should disappear into the background and support the written word. Griffin's performance does the opposite. And--I wouldn't have thought this possible--ruins the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Please have Frederick Davidson narrate this!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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