©1938, 1966 Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, held by Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)1990, 2000 Chivers Audio Books
Jonathan Cecil has just become my favorite Wodehouse narrator after listening to 2 titles narrated by him and that is saying some after having listened to Frederick Davidson's excellent efforts in the past. Mr. Cecil does an excellent Bertie making him sound the perfect lovable and urbane nitwit we've all come to know and love. His Jeeves is if anything even more accomplished with just the proper amount of wisdom, subservience and pedantry. He does women's voices very well and you would swear this was a full cast production when you factor in the voices for Gussie Fink-Nottle, Roderick Spode, Sir Watkyn Bassett, Stinker Pinker, Stiffy Byng, Madeline Bassett and of course Aunt Dahlia. The story itself stands on its own and the author's reputation and requires no comments from me. Highly recommended title. Enjoy!
If Wodehouse were still with us, I feel confident he would grant Jonathan Cecil exclusive rights to all future audio interpretations of his novels and stories. Cecil's vocal characterizations are nothing short of virtuosic (if, as Bertie would say, that is the word I want). By the climactic scene you would swear there are five or six different people in the room with him. And of course, Wodehouse's comedy is as highly honed as ever set down in English. A hilarious collaboration of author and interpreter, this makes for an especially good antidote to rush-hour traffic!
I'm a Wodehouse lover and have enjoyed his books for years. This is one of the few audiobooks that I enjoyed more than reading myself. The narrator is pitch-perfect, and his vocal characterizations
are far better than anything I could ever come up with in my own head. My best friend and I listened to it together and had to replay many passages we failed to hear due to our uncontrolled laughter! Don't miss this one!
This book is a great book to listen to if you want to snap yourself out of any bad mood. Twenty minutes of laughing at Wooster and Jeeves would do anyone a bit of good.
In this humorous novel Bertie is dragged into yet another scrape by his "chums" who continue to lean on him for assistance since "the were in school together". As always Jeeves comes to their aid and the good times just roll on. It is a very good recording and Jonathan Cecil does a fine job with the narration. (One side note: This is one continuous story not several as in most of the other recordings I have listened to.)
If you like Bertie and Jeeves, this is one of the best! As I listened to the book, I kept chuckling and laughing to the point where people wondered what I was doing! Bertie gets himself tangled up in two or three different twists, all of which center around an antique cow creamer that most of his relatives and aquaintences seem to covet. As usual, Jeeves comes to his rescue just as things are hopeless..
One of the most enjoyable books I've listened to. Understated, gentle humor set in a bygone age that seems simlpler and idylic.
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