It's quite a mess--The Inimitable Jeeves has a huge number of unedited typos not appearing in earlier, more authoritative editions. It appears--though I cannot be sure--that somebody scanned an original electronically, found a cheap bulk printing service, and then did no editing in places that did not transcribe accurately. So you have hundreds of skipped or misspelled words. Rough stuff
My husband bought this book for me just because he thought it looked like something I would enjoy. Well, let's just say that P.G. Wodehouse is now on my top 5 favorite authors list! Wodehouse's writing is extremely entertaining - very "intellectual" but not so much that I struggle to figure out what he's saying. Witty is probably a better word. Very, very British in a wonderful way. His word pictures are so delightful that I find myself laughing out loud often and giggling most of the time. The Jeeves series is outrageously funny, and the BBC TV series starring Hugh Laurie (House) is a wonderful follow-up to the books. After reading this one, my hubby ordered me another "Jeeves" book, and then I stumbled upon a compilation of 5 of Wodehouse's stories (2 Jeeves, 3 others) in one book at a thrift shop. Still enjoying that one.
This is a very poor edition (with the mustard yellow cover and the two cartoon like characters in the cover). The printing is cheap, the cover art is grainy, the layout is uncomfortable and the print is tiny. Avoid and buy another edition of this Jeeves classic.
Though I've read and loved the Bertie Wooster canon, listening to Jonathan Cecil's vocal renderings have added an entirely new dimension to Wodehouse's works. "Right Ho, Jeeves" was never my best-loved Wodehouse, but after hearing it read by Cecil, "RHJ" has become my all-time favorite.
Cecil's character voices are pitch perfect. If you've ever heard Madeline Bassett's voice in your head saying that "the stars are God's daisy chain," it probably sounds exactly like Cecil's breathless falsetto. And he perfectly captures Aunt Dahlia's purring timbre as she sardonically instructs Bertie on the steps he must take to drown himself in the kitchen garden pond.
Cecil manages to slip seamlessly from one voice to another. Though the scene of Gussie Fink-Nottle awarding prizes at Market Snodsbury Grammar School is generally ranked as one of the funniest scenes in literature and Cecil's impersonation of the normally abstemious Gussie now slurring drunk at the podium was certainly inspired, the real high point of this audio version is Cecil's virtuoso reenactment of star chef Anatole's fit of the vapors spoken in some sort of "Provence-anglais," with Bertie, Aunt Dahlia, Gussie, and Seppings the uptight butler taking seamless part in the conversation. Listen and you will gain a new appreciation of the genius of Wodehouse - and Cecil.
I've listened to other Wodehouse audio stylists and Cecil's performances are by far the best. Unlike many other readers, each voice sounds absolutely unique - I often wonder what Cecil's real voice sounds like.
If you're interested in trying Wooster on audio, try this one first. Best heard while driving to work - it's always great to start the day with a laugh.
P.G. Wodehouse is the only human being who can consistently induce laughter of the highest therapeutic quality. He is the master of plot, tone and comedic tension. His resolutions are always brilliantly satisfying. The underlying structure of his tales are tight and ingenious. One's appreciation of his structure only increases the hilarity.
I'd recommend Right Ho, Jeeves to anyone who is stressed out and in need of strong drink. Instead of liquor, curl up in some quiet corner and give yourself over to the Never Never Land of Bertie Wooster and his all-wise Epictetus, Jeeves. It will remind you that even if all is not well in your world, you can always escape, if only temporarily, into a territory of soi disant comedic perfection.
Who but P.G.W. could provoke gales of l. on every p? Do yourself a favour. Get this book and read it. Surrender to its inimitable charms. All your cares and woes will evaporate. You will return to the daily push with renewed vim & vigor.
It's a while since I read this book. I'm a big Jeeves and Wooster fan. Bertie Wooster gets himself into all sorts of muddles and the cool, calm and collected Jeeves comes up with the ingenious plans to get him out again. Though the theme of all the stories are similar you never know what's coming next, P.G. Wodehouse never fails to deliver (though I prefer the ones set in England to the New York stories) and I laugh the whole way through.
This has to be one of my favorite Bertie and Jeeves tales. Though they are all so fine, it's usually a case of the last one I've read is my favorite. Wodehouse is a master, one of a kind, and these are his jewels.Of course you have to like far-out, absurd, British humor at its wackiest best. Bertie Wooster is surely the prototype British upper class twit and Jeeves the hippest, coolest, funniest man's man ever invented. This story is non-stop, no catch-your-breath-from-laughing down times. Fasten your seat belt and enjoy.
I have never read a book as poorly edited as this mess. I love Woodehouse, but had to stop after first chapter as it is unreadable. "I listen you are in London now". At least I could make out that should have been "I hear you are in London". Other sentences are entire gibberish. What a waste of my money and time.