This collection, the first book of Jeeves and Wooster stories, contains eight stories, including "Absent Treatment", "Helping Freddie", "Rallying Round Old George", "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good", "Fixing It for Freddie", and "Bertie Changes His Mind".
(P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
Despite the title, more than half the book is stories about Reggie Pepper. Same flavor as the Jeeves books, and of course Wodehouse is excellent, but if it's Jeeves you want, you'll do better with another title.
Once again I should have read the reviews. I do love Wodehouse and this reading is very good, but as another reviewer pointed out, these are not all -- or even MOST -- Jeeves and Wooster stories. The Jeeves shorts included are also in several other collections I own, as expected, and the Reggie Pepper stories are in a similar vein but definitely lack the charm of Bertie Wooster's self-told tales. Worth the sale price or for diehard fans only.
P.G. Wodehouse was truly a humor genius. This book is full of hilarious mishaps and adventures, and the first person narration makes it all the more laugh out loud hilarious! DO NOT MISS P.G. WODEHOUSE - Listen to them all - you will not be disapointed if you like humor.
trying to see the world with my ears
...to the previous reviews--I found this an OK listen, far from Wodehouse's best AND it is as much Reggie Pepper as Jeeves and Bertie. The situations and gags are repetitive if you've read much Wodehouse. Some of this collection seems to be earlier sketches of what developed into full length books.
Also, I found the humour weaker than the five "Jeeves" novels I've listened to- Wodehouse's gags work better in the longer form, because face it, though brilliant, Jeeves and Bertie have limited range. The humour is in the build up to their muddles and the running gags, not in short stories that limit their tangled mania.
Do yourself a favour and spend more money on a full length Jeeves and Bertie adventure.
Prebble is an excellent narrator, but I think F. Davidson better captures Jeeves and Bertie in his readings.
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
These books don't date well for me. They run on the 20's attitude that everyone drinks like fish and that the upper crust needs someone to toddle around afterwards and clean up after them.
I know they're classics, but both those things tend to ruin this for me. I daresay it's a good portrait of a time and space, but they strike me as sad rather than funny.
out standing in his field
I have always loved Jeeves stories, and when I got this collection among my first Audible purchases, it quickly became my fallback whenever I had finished a heavier book and wanted something light to fill in before picking up another. I think I've listened to it at least a couple dozen times now, and I still enjoy it. Sure, I've got the stories practically memorized, and the plots will never surprise me, but they're still worth a chuckle. I only wish I had known that all the Jeeves stories in this book were reprinted in Carry On, Jeeves before I bought that one as well. If buying the books in print, I would rather have had the full Jeeves collection in Carry On, Jeeves, minus the Reggie Pepper stories in My Man Jeeves, which I've never found quite as entertaining.
For that reason, I'd give it two stars if not for Simon Prebble's narration. I think he makes a far better Jeeves than any other I've heard so far, and his renderings of some of the elderly relatives in the stories make it worth listening to some of them twice in a row just to hear a specific passage again. The one that comes to mind most is the uncle's shock and outrage upon seeing the portrait for the first time in the Hard-Boiled Egg. Definitely recommended. If only Prebble had narrated the other Jeeves books on Audible.
The British are certainly a varied lot. They are capable of producing anything from the sublime to the ridiculous - in considerable quantity.
In this collection the quality varies, but it is mostly rather thin stuff. Once you have gotten used to it, little goes a long way.
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