Jeeves, not only a tireless servant to the feckless Bertie Wooster, is the saviour of a good many other individuals as well. The list is long: Bingo Little has cause to be grateful to Jeeves in the affair of the marooned cabinet minister; Sippy Sipperley, when he is persecuted by his former headmaster; Tuppy Glossop, in his foolhardy pursuit of Cora Bellinger the opera singer; not to mention Miss Dalgeish the dog-girl; Bertie's fat Uncle George when he brushes with the lower classes; even the dog McIntosh is returned to the dreaded Aunt Agatha through Jeeves' good offices.
© The Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate; (P)1994 Chivers Audio Books
This is a great audiobook to listen to when you're not in the mood for a full-length novel, and like to spend time with a large cast of Wodehouse characters both old and new.
One of the other reviewers found that this version was a little 'muffled'; it's not noticeably so, and of course Jonathan Cecil is always a reliable narrator of Wodehouse material.
Whether you're new to Wodehouse, or a die-hard fan, this is a good choice.
The stories as usual are a riot, but the sound is somewhat muffled. If you compare the two versions of "The Inimitable Jeeves" here you may see what I mean: the BBC version (like this one) is slightly muffled, the other is clear as a bell. Both (like this one) are narrated by Jonathan Cecil, who is top-notch.
Goodness know what original Audible is using for this. We get alternating half hours of either some dense, slowed down speech (as if an overtight tape was being used), or else a more brighter 30 mins. Jonathan Cecil, as usual, cannot be faulted, but if I'd bought this on tape from a shop, I'd have been taking it back to be exchanged as faulty.
"Nearly Very Good."
Touching on the matter of ?Very Good, Jeeves?, in it?s audio form, by Mr P. G. Wodehouse. First on it?s good points, I think. Written the year Blenheim won the Epsom Derby, ?Very Good, Jeeves? is the third set of short stories concerning Wooster, that monocled bloke you sometimes see in the Drones? Smoking Room, and his man, Jeeves. There are eleven tales, plus a short intro and all are brilliantly put together with the usual, hand-polished, characters. Dangerously flame-lidded Roberta Wickham makes an appearance, as does Bingo Little, Tuppy Glossop, young Thos and those formidable aunts; Agatha and Dalia. All the troubled H2O is oiled, as ever, by that splendid cove Jeeves, in mid-season form and with his fish-fuelled brain sloshing over the sides of his head.
Nor is there anything to complain about in the choice of Jonathan Cecil as narrator, as this is the name I always scan for on the outer layer of a Wodehouse audio effort. No, the downside of the whole thing is the quality of the recording. It sounds as if Mr. Cecil were experimenting madly with his medium; twenty minutes from beneath the bedclothes is followed by twenty minutes whilst frying bacon, ten minutes in a slow drawl then a stanza or two spoken through comb and paper. All a bit avant-garde and so alien to Cecil?s usual narrative style that I suspect an audio illusion. In fact the more I think about it, the more I suspect that what has actually happened is that Audible have, in fact, copied this from the last ever magnetic tape version, from the sale bin of a very long established public lending library.
So, in summary, definitely worth it if you can stand to be constantly knob-twiddling at the graphically equalising doo-dah of your phonograph, but would have been a joy had the master tapes been used.
Jeeves and Wooster as it should be read. Off as orff is just right and Jonathan Cecil gets it right every time. Recording quality is variable but I can forgive it with the intonation and witty reading. I don't need to tell you about the stories - if you don't know them just buy and listen. If you do know them just buy them and listen again.
"Great Stories, Great Narrator, Terrible Sound"
Jonathan Cecil is among my favorites for Wodehouse audiobooks, but I am really unsure why this was released with the obvious sound quality issues. You will constantly be fiddling with your audio levels, but if you can get past that, the stories and narration are first rate.
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