Wodehouse introduces us once again to the "wonder butler" Jeeves, who, as usual is able to solve any and all of Bertie Wooster's endless problems with ease and finesse. And he also introduces us to a character not dissimilar to Bertie . . . by name of Reggie. Such fun to follow Jeeves in the hijinks!
The stories include:
1. Leave it to Jeeves
2. Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
3. Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg
4. Absent Treatment
5. Helping Freddie
6. Rallying Around Old George
7. Doing Clarence a Bit of Good
8. The Aunt and the Sluggard
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, (1881–1975) was a British novelist, short story writer, journalist, playwright, poet and lyracist, immensly popular for his sense of humor and mastery of language.
Best known for his Jeeves series, Wodehouse created the most resourseful and competent servant in literature, the word "Jeeves" itself has become part of the vernacular. Wodehouse also had great success as a musical theater lyricist, making contributions to "Show Boat" and "Anything Goes".
Born in England to a noble family, Wodehouse's writings reflected his background, a truly humourous perspective on the upper class. During a stay in Manhattan, Wodehouse met his wife and settled in New York, with a brief adventure in Hollywood to write screenplays. Living into his nineties, Wodehouse enjoyed the fruits of his labor and acclaim worldwide, a happy, funny man.
Public Domain (P)2007 Alcazar AudioWorks
A lovely comic light reading. The book consists of several independent episodes, ideal for when you want some short "bedtime stories".
The narrator is brilliant.
Refreshing, fun, serendipitous
Thorn's narration and Bertie's outlook.
Bertie, he would pay and maybe Jeeves would come along and solve a problem or two.
I found Thorn's narration to be perfect. I keep bookmarking sections to play for my wife. Thorn really brings the characters to life! Couldn't be better in my view. If I was reading the book vs. listening I wouldn't like it nearly as much.
This will take the sting out of 5 hours of driving, paperwork, or irksome repetitive work of any kind. What a an outstanding advantage it would be to have Jeeves, or at least his well-informed and chess-trained brain with that deep understanding of the psychology of the individual!
Warning----do not play this in situations where laughter would be a serious faux pas---you will do it in spite of all intentions to the contrary.
If I may say, P.G. Wodehouset is a most excellent writer and what not, don't you know. The old chappie has a nack for clever use of words, indeed. David Thorn did a superb job at acting out the short stories.
Note that 4 of the stories are about Jeeves and Wooster - and 3 are about Reggie Pepper.
I came this close (thumb and fore finger a half an inch apart) to missing out on Wodehouseian humor due to this narrator. By chapter two, all humor was lost to the annoying rolling of the "r's". I just couldn't take it any more. I switched it off, and removed it from my smart phone. I loaded "Right Ho, Jeeves" narrated by Jonathan Cecil and became a n instant fan of Wodehouse.
After finishing "Right Ho, Jeeves", I thought I would give this one a go one more time. Same thing, except now I was spoiled by Jonathan Cecil's narration. By the time I got to the second on third rolling r, I was done or undone, as it were.
Unfortunately, Jonathan Cecil did not narrate this book, but I am sure there are others who can bring Bertie and Jeeves to life in a humorous way.
Don't let this book turn you away from Wodehouse. Pass this one by, go directly to "Right Ho, Jeeves" narrated by Jonathan Cecil and experience Bertie, Jeeves, and the whole gang as they were meant to be.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Christopher Hitchens was a great fan of the Jeeves series written by P. G. Wodehouse, published between 1911 and 1974. Amazon shows there are 46 books written with Jeeves as a main character in the Wodehouse series. After listening to the first book, one is inclined to believe Hitchens’ high praise is partly due to the story line.
The Jeeves’ series is about an upper class English character that chooses to move to New York to live as a wealthy New Yorker. Though Hitchens was not a wealthy Englishman when he arrived in New York, he did choose to become an American citizen. With Hitchens’ upper class English education, he undoubtedly had a keen understanding of Wodehouse’s skewering of the English upper class; particularly the ridiculously privileged and wealthy.
Hitchens’ fascinating mind and skill as an essayist of life, books, and politics suggests he knows more about the value of Wodehouse than this reviewer. Listening to another Wodehouse book remains in one’s mind; maybe not soon but certainly in the future. If Mark Twain is an acquired taste, so may be Wodehouse. One supposes Hitchens would not have cared one way or another about anyone else’s opinion.
Wonderful comic novel by Wodehouse. His subtle, elegant use of language is a pleasure. David Thorn is a tremendous interpreter, I wish he would record more Wodehouse.
"Good Clean Fun"
Jeeves and Wooster are surely one of literature's best comic creations. I never tire of hearing of Bertie's mishaps and the ingenious way that Jeeves gets him out of trouble. Each chapter tells a different story so the book can be picked up and put down at your leisure....perfect for a spot of ironing or a quick laze in the garden. This is Upper Class silliness at its best and I love PG's turn of phrase. I don't know whether these books are on any exam syllabus, but if they're not, they should be!
None - it's unique (apart from other PG Woodhouse books).
He's BRILLIANT! I love the way Bertie rolls his Rs and the way he skillfully switches between Bertie and the deadpan Jeeves.
I'm halfway through and have laughed out loud on several occasions - take care when listening in public, although on the plus side, it should ensure that noone sits next to you on the bus!
Good clean fun - I loved it and highly recommend it.
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