This title is also known as Jeeves in the Offing.
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©1960 Pelham Grenville Wodehouse; (P)2001 The Audio Partners Publishing Corp.
"The writing, as usual in Wodehouse tales, is a delight to the ear." (AudioFile)
I think this book is one of the best in the series - right up there with "Code of the Woosters." I've been working my way through the entire set of Jeeves and Wooster books and have been really enjoying Jonathan Cecil's readings. Some titles had to be picked up elsewhere to get Cecil's version. This book (a.k.a. "Jeeves in the Offing" as British title) is only available with Carmichael doing this title and he or F. Davidson doing the British title. I chose this because the audio sample of Davidson doing Aunt Dahlia's voice was "just wrong" as I heard it. I was glad I chose this. Carmichael's reading grew on me as the book progressed. His Aunt Dahlia was even more bombastic than Cecil's - which IS one of her charms, after all. Carmichael does have his flaws, though. He doesn't differentiate much between people's voices in quick conversations and he gave Bertie a small speech impediment (I missed that if it was mentioned in a previous book) AND his Jeeves doesn't have all the "gravity" I'm used to - but then, Jeeves isn't in this book as much as others. Overall, it's a good choice if they don't do a version by Cecil someday in the future. FYI - Wikipedia has a very helpful list of the entire series in publication order under the "Jeeves" heading. This book comes later in the entire series.
Same as Jeeves In The Offing, so don't buy that one as well as it's identical.
Any Jeeves book just can't be beat - not great literature but great fun. And Ian Carmichael's narration does both Jeeves' & Bertie's voices and verbal mannerisms superb justice. Excellent! Highly satisfying!
I had to write this review because I've noted some other listeners are critical of Carmichael.
I've listened to most of the Jeeves books, and in my opinion, Ian Carmichael is the only narrator that I think outdoes Jonathan Cecil. You cannot get Carmichael on more than a couple of the Jeeves books, but where you can, I would recommend him.
Carmichael interprets Wooster better than other narrators because he lived the part for several years. Carmichael played Wooster on a BBC television series "The World of Wooster" in the 1960s, while Hugh Laurie was still in grade school, and while Wodehouse was still alive, and able to criticize. (Wodehouse thought Carmichael over-acted, but still asked him to play the part of Jeeves in a version for the theatre.)
Carmichael is an old-school actor who appeared in several film and television roles. His voice will be familiar to you. For me, having the familiar work of Wodehouse read by the familiar voice of Carmichael is the audio equivalent of comfort food.
The narrator does an extremely poor job, and would not recommend this narrator at the very least for any Wodehouse books.
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