Three of the stories, "Absent Treatment", "Rallying Round Old George", and "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good", are from the out-of-print My Man Jeeves (published 1919). The other two stories are from Carry On, Jeeves (published 1925): "Fixing It for Freddie" and "Bertie Changes His Mind". Each is told in its entirety.
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"This enjoyable set is performed flawlessly and with great verisimilitude by Broadway's Jeeves, Martin Jarvis." (AudioFile)
The title makes the main point: Wodehouse couldn't ask for a better interpreter. Jarvis is a perfect reader for Wodehouse.
It's important to understand what you're getting, though. There are only five stories on this audiobook. In their published versions, there is some overlap between this collection and "Carry On, Jeeves," and with a couple of exceptions Jarvis has omitted the ones that are in both.
If you're a real Wodehouse fanatic, you'll get BOTH versions of "My Man Jeeves" that are available here. The other one, recorded by Simon Prebble, gives you a chance to hear a couple of the stories in earlier versions: in one case involving a completely different set of characters. Prebble isn't as extroverted a reader as Jarvis, but he's quite good.
I remember laughing when i borrowed this book from Dad in high school. I think my sense of humor has changed.
If you haven't experienced the "servant runs the master" genre before, this is the best author with whom to begin. Jeeves is the manservant who can do it all with style and grace.
I hear a slightly deep voice in my head. I am probably ruined by Stephen Fry. But it is a fun listen.
I have listened to it several times and it never fails to make me chuckle. Martin Jarvis was the perfect choice as narrator; and a good narrator is one of the main selling points for me in an audio book.
A quick and delightful read. It was one that can be listened to several times because of the simple yet entertaining stories told.
Jeeves Rescues Bertie
Jeeves, he pulls off his schemes (rescues) with great aplomb
His voice characterizations.
Not an extreme reaction, very entertaining humor.
The Jeeves stories were, as always, terrific. The Reginald Pepper stores, which form half the collection, are not as good. In a book titled My Man Jeeves, I was expecting, well, Jeeves.
I listened to this in my car and on my Kindle Fire at home. I think listening to it was definitely better than reading it myself.
I'd definitely take Jeeves out to dinner. He's in the know about everything.
The audiobook of "My Man Jeeves" was better than the print version because Martin Jarvis does a fantastic job voicing each of the characters. In general, I prefer audiobooks to written books only when I am already familiar with the series. I like forming my own opinion and voices for the characters.
I would have focused on Bertie and Jeeves in all the stories. I did not care for the other character, whose name I have forgotten, and his attempts to be clever.
I have listened to several of Martin Jarvis' other performances, specifically his voice work with Sir Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series. This performance was wonderful as always.
I did not have any extreme reaction to this book. I felt this book was an introduction to a specific set of characters and world.
PG Wodehouse is a famous author, so I don't know what could be changed. He is amusing if you don't think too much about the foreshadowing. However by the third story I had to stop listening, because I had already figured out what was going to happen, and wasn't really interested any more.
In general, I like British humour.
I don't believe I have listened to him before. He did a good job of distinguishing characters.Caricatures even, since that's what they were. :-DCheareo, pip pip!
Not sure I care.
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