©1988 Edward Stephen Cazele; (P)2002 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[Wodehouse is] a master, a genius of inventiveness and versatility, brilliant in his use of language, more adroit than almost any novelist since Dickens at working out a complex package of plot, sub-plot, and sub-sub-plot." (Daily Telegraph)
"A brilliantly funny writer - perhaps the most consistently funny the English language has yet produced." (Times (London))
Great story - difficult narrator...The narrator of this recording is difficult to listen to. Almost as if the microphone is too close. Better off to download another version. Also, had downloaded "How Right You Are, Jeeves" without knowing it was the same story as "Jeeves in the Offing".
Davidson plays Bertie as arch and knowing, which, as Aunt Agatha will attest, are two of the things Bertie most certainly is not. Plus, every character has the same grating drawl. Yes, they'll all upper class toffs with Oxbridge accents, but they shouldn't all sound exactly the same, male and female, young and old. I had to abandon this reading in midstream and start over with a different narrator. Where is Jonathan Cecil when we need him most?
I've been making my way through all the Jeeves stories. This is not my favorite narrator, but I couldn't find this story read by Ian Carmichael, so I gave this a try. It's not a case of just getting used to a different voice. It's read with all the personality of a restaurant specials menu. It sounds like he never read through the lines at all before recording them. Awkward stops in the middle of sentences, weird emphasis of words, or lack of emphasis. All voices sounds pretty much the same.
A big thanks to the first reviewer who gave the tip that this is the same story as How Right You Are Jeeves. I'm back on track. Audible should remove this half-hearted production from it's library!
Choppy. Lacking personality. I know the wit is dry, but not every single sentence!
Prefer audio books because I have a lot more listening time than reading time.
Bertie Wooster- always funny - and fun!
One of the better entires in the vast Wodehouse offering, but with Frederick Davidson as narrator, it jumps to the top!
I usually love listening to Frederick Davidson. I think he has great timing with Wodehouse humor and his Jeeves is how I expect Jeeves to sound. On this book Davidson sounds like he has a sinus infection. The first few minutes are awful. I skipped ahead a few chapters then a few chapters further and his voice starts to sound better: bearable but not great.
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