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
Wodehouse never disappoints, but the narrator's mannerisms can be distracting. I would recommend it with that caveat. The stories are fantastic. Maybe another recording with a different narrator.
NO. He rolls his "r's" in his normal speech. If he was doing it to illustrate a character, that would be one thing-- but the affectation of rolling "r's" is just too distracting. And seriously annoying.
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.
Having heard many PG Wodehouse recordings, I was disappointed with this narration. There are other, much better versions of this same story available.
I think Wodehouse's stories are wonderful and shure enough, Bertie is an oddball, but I don't think it deserves a reader that theatrical.
These stories are delightful, but the narrator's mannerisms are indeed distracting--especially the ridiculously rolled r's. I finally gave up on the audio, even though I love the stories.
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.
This collection of short stories really stands the test of time. While some of the dialogue is so dated as to be nearly unintelligible to modern ears ("cut up rough"?), you always get the gist and much of the story stands the test of time quite well. In addition, the narration itself was incredible.
"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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