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Wodehouse is enough all on his own, but this cast gets it just right. Amazing voice actors and some parts are just sublime. This is the audible recording I go back to over and over again when others disappoint. Never fails to bring me to laughter.
Can there be a more respected, versatile, talented English actor than Richard Briers? For him to shine above this excellent cast shows how truly singular he is. There's not a weak moment in this entire performance. It is clear that all of the actors involved know exactly how to coax every nuance out of their characters, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable radio play that amazes and amuses me each time I listen...which is quite often. No one does this sort of comedy like the Brits. If you are, like me, an Anglophile, of if you simply want to experience something delightful, this is for you.
Of course not! However, this audiobook is dominated by Richard Briers' brilliant narration as Bertie Wooster, and does a great job of adapting Wodehouse's wondrous prose to audio.
In this novel, unlike most other Jeeves stories, the famous gentleman's gentleman frequently finds himself short on ideas, making Bertie's problems seem graver than usual.
Richard Briers is easily my favourite Bertie Wooster: he nails the breezy, brilliant, sparkling speech patterns filled with Woosterisms that makes this character so much fun. Michael Hordern is a very good Jeeves, but it's hard for me not to imagine that Stephen Fry might have done it better.
Clever, intelligent and patient
Jeeves because he was able to solve any problem presented to him.
I love the typical over the top English accents and could picture Richard Brier in this role which made the performance doubly enjoyable. It suited him to a tee.
It was very amusing and I look forward to listening to it often.
I will certainly obtain other books in this series particularly the dramatizations as I enjoy this droll type of humour.
"Perfectly cast audio drama"
The wonderfully witty dialogue is brought to life by actors who obviously share Wodehouse's love of the English language in telling a tale.
The interplay of the characters at the climax.
You couldn't play the parts better. Differently yes, but never better!
The book is sometimes hilarious, often funny and always enjoyable.
Briers and Hordern will never be topped in my opinion. Laurie and Fry were pale imitations.
I've listened to this over and over again. It's perfection.
I already have.
Bertie Wooster is one of the greatest creations of the twentieth century along with all of Woodehouse's cast of upper class toffery.
Briers particularly emphasises the foolish but loveable nature of Wooster whilst Horden's haughty authorativeness is perfectly apt for the fix-it-all gentleman's gentleman.
Well, when Bertie realised that he would have to obey the summons of various horrifying aunts and demanding grandees to attend at Steeple Bumpley, I must admit to a slight flutter of emotion for our hero as he was pitched into yet another melee of mistaken assignations and newt pandering nonsense.
Typical Wooster, well dramatised and lots of fun. Highly recommended listening if you like the Wooster "jingoistic" rough and tumble.
All the actors fabulous in this but leads especially so. really cheered up dreary January.
"classic Wodehouse fun"
I must confess I heard these first time round on the radio, so there is an added nostalgic joy to these stories. Michael Horden and Richard Briers are Jeeves and Wooster to me. More important perhaps is the dramtisation here is true to the original so that Wooster is not too much of a fat-head. .
I love the gentle comedy and farcical situations
I think they compliment each other and to choose would be pointless
Absolutely great for car journeys
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