©1938, 1966 Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, held by Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)1990, 2000 Chivers Audio Books
The Jeeves and Wooster books are my favorites, though Wodehouse wrote many other excellent novels with hilarious characters. If you have a chance to listen to Jonathan Cecil perform Wodehouse, TAKE IT. He is pitch-perfect in timing, delivery, and characterization. An absolute riot, every time.
I don't believe I've met a Wodehouse story I didn't like. This one is hilarious and Jonathan Cecil is fabulous! His impersonation of Aunt Dahlia is a thing of beauty.
I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.
Loved the films on TV but the book is super. In watching the program the characters might wink or hiss but in the book the full expression of the emotion or reaction is sketched in detail. In hilarious detail. I very much enjoyed this book.
I loved this story when I saw the Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie version. Listening to the whole book is even better. I've found that P.G. Wodehouse stories are wonderful companions on car trips. The miles seem to go by much faster when you're laughing.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
Oh Bertie, Bertie, Bertie! He is so innocently devoid of any common sense! He follows his social callings (hence the name, Code of the Woosters) without any consideration for what he's getting himself into, nor idea of how to extricate himself (and sometimes his friends) from the silly dilemmas they get themselves into. However, there is always Jeeves, the miraculously competent and clever "gentleman's gentleman" who quietly provides the rescue every single time.
In this case, in addition to Bertie's helping his best friend with his love life, he is forced to help his aunt obtain an item from an antique shop at a lower cost by pretending to eye it beforehand while uttering disparaging remarks about it to the shop owner. If only it had been that simple. The entire thing turns into a comedy of errors as the object turns up elsewhere and has to be retrieved by subterfuge (or so they believe). The result is a laugh out loud scramble for the possession, which, of course, only Jeeves can resolve through his background resourcefulness.
P.G. Wodehouse is, of course, the most famous English author who ever took on the pomposity and sometimes silliness of the English aristocracy. He does it in such a light-hearted way that one does not feel he meant to be hurtful, but merely to poke a bit bit of innocent fun and perhaps show the contrast between people with nothing but idle time on their hands and the harder working classes. These books have found their way into the classic realm (at least as far as I'm concerned), and I like to read/listen to them when I've just had a bit much of the serious stuff in life. The narration of Jonathon Cecil seems just perfect to me. I so enjoy this book (and all Wodehouse books), and hope you will too.
Code of the Woosters is Wodehouse at his best. The plot is preposterously loopy, and the characters the same. Cecil's characterizations are spot-on; and, while I don't necessarily recommend a performer on his/her "voices," I have to commend Cecil on tonality as well as emphasis, especially in his female characterizations. And--his Bertie is superb! I haven't found another performer who's so completely captured the airhead so well. I can listen to this one again and again.
This was my first Jeeves and Wooster paperback long, long ago. Hearing it now from audible brought it all back and got me started on working my way through the whole series. Jonathan Cecil is a really good reader, too (even if you have Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry's voices set in your mind from the TV episodes). My vision-impaired father agrees that Cecil's reading is what makes these books just great. BTW - Wikipedia has a complete listing of the whole series in chronological order under the "Jeeves" heading. Try to get the books read by Cecil whenever possible - they are still releasing random titles read by him as of this writing.
The man who reads this is simply marvelous! He makes each character quite unique and therefore easy to follow. And I positively love PG Wodehouse. Hilarious humor and high wit throughout- I wish more authors made such delightful reads without the use of filth as he does. Simply carefree, guilt free laughter. Love it!
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