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Jeeves and the Wedding Bells | [Sebastian Faulks]

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

A gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using P.G. Wodehouse’s much-loved characters, Jeeves and Wooster, fully authorised by the Wodehouse estate.Bertie Wooster, recently returned from a very pleasurable soujourn in Cannes, finds himself at the stately home of Sir Henry Hackwood in Dorset. Bertie is more than familiar with the country house set-up: he is a veteran of the cocktail hour and, thanks to Jeeves, his gentleman's personal gentleman, is never less than immaculately dressed.
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A gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using P.G. Wodehouse’s much-loved characters, Jeeves and Wooster, fully authorised by the Wodehouse estate.

Bertie Wooster, recently returned from a very pleasurable soujourn in Cannes, finds himself at the stately home of Sir Henry Hackwood in Dorset. Bertie is more than familiar with the country house set-up: he is a veteran of the cocktail hour and, thanks to Jeeves, his gentleman's personal gentleman, is never less than immaculately dressed. On this occasion, however, it is Jeeves who is to be seen in the drawing room while Bertie finds himself below stairs - and he doesn't care for it at all.

Love, as so often, is at the root of the confusion. Bertie, you see, has met Georgiana on the Côte d'Azur. And though she is clever and he has a reputation for foolish engagements, it looks as though this could be the real thing. However, Georgiana is the ward of Sir Henry Hackwood and, in order to maintain his beloved Melbury Hall, the impoverished Sir Henry has struck a deal that would see Georgiana becoming Mrs Rupert Venables. Meanwhile, Peregrine ‘Woody' Beeching, one of Bertie's oldest chums, is desperate to regain the trust of his fiancée Amelia, Sir Henry's tennis-mad daughter. But why would this necessitate Bertie having to pass himself off as a servant when he has never so much as made a cup of tea?

Could it be that the ever-loyal, Spinoza-loving Jeeves has an ulterior motive? Evoking the sunlit days of a time gone by, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is a delightfully witty story of mistaken identity, a midsummer village festival, a cricket match and love triumphant.

©2013 Sebastian Faulks (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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    "Reincarnation of PG Wodehouse"
    Where does Jeeves and the Wedding Bells rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An excellent story in true Wodehousian fashion. Well 'contrived' and predictable but nonetheless as with all the genre very enjoyable anda stellar effort by Mr Faulks to re-create one of fictions greatest comedy writers.


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    Well worth the listen and an excellent rendition of style and , period, character and story.

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  • Sally
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    4/10/14
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    "Brilliant!"

    We approached this book with some trepidation as we are avid Wodehouse fans. The introduction by the author and his explanation of what he had hoped to achieve when asked to write the book reassured us, and after listening to it we feel he fully achieved his aims. Sebastian Faulks has managed to conjure up all the charm and humour of Wodehouse himself and provided us with another fantastic Jeeves story with a very satisfying conclusion. The narration was superb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • daddy_boglin
    9/3/14
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    "If you have ever liked PG - get this."
    What did you like most about Jeeves and the Wedding Bells?

    It made me laugh out loud and smile continuously throughout. I have read the Jeeves books about 10-15 times each. This is like finding an old friend you haven't seen for 20 years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    True to PG without being slavish; a resolution that even the most hard hearted would find touching.


    What does Julian Rhind-Tutt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Catches Bertie perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it. Complete no brainer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivien
    Cookham, United Kingdom
    1/15/14
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    "Dashed brilliant, eh, Jeeves!"

    This book had me laughing out loud. What an extraordinarily clever book and perfect delivery. I am astonished that someone I normally associate with spy/thriller stories could produce such a faithful sequel to the original PG's work. I cannot praise too highly this delightful frivolity which tiptoes in the footsteps of the originals. I do hope there will be more to come; I can't wait. Thank you both for creating this lovely silliness, perfect reading - should I say acting - of a wonderful piece of writing. I live in Canada and was telling friends about Jeeves and Wooster today only to discover they had never heard of them. I immediately brought them up to date on the essential gist and I needed no shotgun to hand to force them to buy the entire oeuvre so they could dance through the complete history and finally arrive at this crowning glory. I did though, envy them their imminent joy on discovering PG for the first time. I doubt that, lacking the benefit of a British education however, Magnum Parva will elicit the giggle it gave me. The old Latin "O" level finally paid off, what?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louwordsmith
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    This was better than I could have possibly hoped. It isn't a perfect imitation of Wodehouse--Jeeves is a bit too much of a caricature, for a start, and the end is far more sentimental than in the originals--but this is certainly a book that could not have been written by anyone who did not absolutely love the characters. Due homage is paid to the Jeeves & Wooster friendship, and admittedly Faulks spells it out instead of letting the plot speak for itself the way Wodehouse did, but I actually quite liked that--it seemed respectful. The determination, as well, for everyone to have a happy ending--it wasn't Wodehouse, but I don't think it was trying to be; instead, it was quite a self-aware way of trying to honour his legacy. Loved it. Will probably buy the book as well, so I can read it again. Also, spot-on narration. It always seems weird for anyone other than Hugh Laurie to play Bertie, but in fact the narrator did a splendid job.

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