Acclaimed actor Jonathan Cecil brings comic flair to this rollicking tale by the man The Times (London) called "a brilliantly funny writer".
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"Jonathan Cecil reads the story with a fine ear for comic wordplay and absurdity, giving fitting caricatured voices to the likes of Fink-Nottle and Glossop. He gives Wooster's first-person narrative the right balance, letting the bumbling hero misread situations as needed. The chaos builds toward a crescendo of levity that will be a favorite among Wodehouse fans." (AudioFile)
Yes, the accented version of this small book gives the sense of listening to Bertie. I have read every Wodehouse book but listening to Johnathan Cecil, the reader, has the feel for the real Bertie and the real Jeeves.
If you are a Wodehouse fan, this is the classic of all time. Can we all move to this delightful world of major crisis when on reflection, there is no crisis. All gregarious much to do about nothing. Wodehouse admits that he has only one book and he changes it around a bit. It works for me.
As Bertie might say, this one stands alone.
The passage where Gussie Finknottle delivers the school prizes.
His voices and interpretation are spot on.
Right Ho, Cecil.
Right Ho, Jeeves ??? Wodehouse
Audio version performed by Jonathan Cecil
Bertie Wooster and his man Jeeves travel to Brinkley Court to sort out the romantic travails of Madeline and Gussie, Angela and Tuppy.
They attend an historic prize giving at Market Snodsbury Grammar School and assist Aunt Dahlia in retaining the services of the culinary genius, Anatole. It???s absurd, hilarious and full of wonderful word play. The audio performance by Jonathan Cecil is absolutely ???spot on.???
Wooster and Jeeves make me laugh out loud. This was the perfect light-hearted read to place between more serious subjects.
This is one of the great “Bertie and Jeeves” novels by Wodehouse, but the production does not do it justice. The narrator often uses the wrong voices for the character who is suposed to be talking. Sometimes he corrects it part-way through the line, sometime he charges on. I am disappointed they did not do another take and correct these errors. They are pretty obvious, and they detract much from the story. On a personal preference, I thought the characterizations missed the mark but others might think they are accurate. I much preferred the audio files once available that were narrated by Frederick Davidson. They were read accurately and, to me, the voices were right on the mark.
To summarize, the story is 5 stars, the production is 1 star for voice and direction, and 5 stars for technical quality. Overall, a 3.
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