While Florence tries to cultivate his mind, her former fiancé, hefty ex-policeman Stilton Cheesewright, threatens to beat his body to a pulp, and her new admirer, the bleating poet Percy Gorringe, tries to borrow a thousand pounds. To cap it all, there's a jewelry heist and Bertie has incurred the disapproval of Jeeves by growing a moustache. All in all, a classic Wodehouse farce.
©1954 P.G. Wodehouse; (P)1995, 2003 Chivers Audiobooks
"British humorist Wodehouse is the funniest writer, ever." (USA Today)
"Jonathan Cecil amazes as he reads this larky narrative, capturing perfectly the befuddled Wooster, the conniving Stilton Cheesewright, and the divine Florence, with flawless aplomb." (AudioFile)
One of the best novels in the series. If you're new to Wodehouse, you might want to try his Bertie and Jeeves short stories first. But this longer story is just priceless. Good narrator.
I have downloaded several of the Bertie and Jeeves audiobooks here and I love this one. First of all, this narrator, captures the personalities beautifully. Not only is his voice perfectly suited to most of the characters, but his timing is right on target as well. For Wodehouse stories, timing and voice characterization construct the path to fully enjoying the audiobook. I would like this narrator to do all of the Bertie and Jeeves stories.
Secondly, part of what makes Wodehouse so hilariously stimulating is his turn-of-phrase, and in this story he really shines. I would highly recommend this audiobook. I also agree with Theresa that those new to Wodehouse might want to start with one of his Bertie and Jeeves book of short stories first. The reason why, is that the reader would become familiar with the different characters within a shorter plot. Part of what makes Wodehouse such a pleasure are the twisting and turning plots with lots of surprise. This takes little bit of concentration which would be less diluted when you are already aquainted with the fabulous characters.
After listening to every 'Jeeves' I can find (not only here at Audible but in Librivox as well), I have to say that while I love them all, this is my favorite.
Yes. The performance brings it to life.
Feudal Spirit is much like Code of the Woosters from which there is some continuity of characters and plot.
Cecil's characterizations are distinct and hilarious. His timing is brilliant.
Bertie Wooster, of course, is the most memorable. As the narrator, his musings and abbreviations are what I enjoy the most about these books.
Jonathan Cecil is the best narrator for this hyper-literate, OTT British period silliness, with his wonderful baritone renditions of the dyspeptic LG Trotter, the amiable curmudgeon Uncle Tom Travers, and of course the mythic Jeeves. This episode includes my favourite character, Wooster's "good and deserving" aunt Dahlia, who gives rise to some of Wodehouse's most hilarious characterization. One of his tighter, trickier plots.
In the modern era of books filled with sex and violence, only Jeeves, or Mr. Wodehouse himself could describe the fun, fresh and totally consuming atmosphere created everytime I open a Jeeves/Wooster book (or press play).
Yes, I found it very entertaining
Only things I have read like it are other stories by Wodehouse
The wonderful accents and life he brings the colorful characters. The dialogue timing is great, executed for maximum grave/humorous effect.
There were many moments that brought laughter, but were not "moving" per se.
I think poor Bertie would be spared very much distress if all of the women throughout these stories didn't delude themselves into thinking he was in love with them (remarkable for them to imagine, they are very silly women to my mind) ....and immediately attach themselves to him when their usual love affairs go awry. So many quickly formed and broken engagements in his circle of acquaintance... :P
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