My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves....
This title includes all of the P.G. Wodehouse titles in the current Classic Tales library....
We find ourselves in the austerity of the 1950s, when England's aristocracy was feeling the pinch....
As Wodehouse himself once noted, "Blandings has impostors like other houses have mice." On this particular occasion there are two imposters, both intent on a dangerous enterprise....
Psmith and his friend Mike are sent by their fathers to work in the City....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
When Maud Marsh flings herself into George Bevan's cab in Piccadilly, he starts believing in damsels in distress....
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus' niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now...private investigator. Sort of....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
The second instalment of this wonderful collection of short stories....
Uncle Fred, or to give him his full title: Fredrick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, is considered by some as a "splendid gentleman, a sportsman to his fingertips"....
Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry, a lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction....
It takes a lot of effort for Jimmy Crocker to become Piccadilly Jim - nights on the town roistering, headlines in the gossip columns, a string of broken hearts and breaches of promise....
A major mix-up at Blandings Castle, in which Galahad introduces yet another imposter to Lord Emsworth's residence and the Empress of Blandings....
In September 1925, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher inherits a large house on the outskirts of London from a recently deceased great-uncle....
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one....
Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister....
Wodehouse introduces us once again to the "wonder butler" Jeeves, who, as usual is able to solve any and all of Bertie Wooster's endless problems with ease and finesse. And he also introduces us to a character not dissimilar to Bertie . . . by name of Reggie. Such fun to follow Jeeves in the hijinks!
The stories include:
1. Leave it to Jeeves
2. Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest
3. Jeeves and the Hard Boiled Egg
4. Absent Treatment
5. Helping Freddie
6. Rallying Around Old George
7. Doing Clarence a Bit of Good
8. The Aunt and the Sluggard
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, (1881–1975) was a British novelist, short story writer, journalist, playwright, poet and lyracist, immensly popular for his sense of humor and mastery of language.
Best known for his Jeeves series, Wodehouse created the most resourseful and competent servant in literature, the word "Jeeves" itself has become part of the vernacular. Wodehouse also had great success as a musical theater lyricist, making contributions to "Show Boat" and "Anything Goes".
Born in England to a noble family, Wodehouse's writings reflected his background, a truly humourous perspective on the upper class. During a stay in Manhattan, Wodehouse met his wife and settled in New York, with a brief adventure in Hollywood to write screenplays. Living into his nineties, Wodehouse enjoyed the fruits of his labor and acclaim worldwide, a happy, funny man.
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I came this close (thumb and fore finger a half an inch apart) to missing out on Wodehouseian humor due to this narrator. By chapter two, all humor was lost to the annoying rolling of the "r's". I just couldn't take it any more. I switched it off, and removed it from my smart phone. I loaded "Right Ho, Jeeves" narrated by Jonathan Cecil and became a n instant fan of Wodehouse.<br/><br/>After finishing "Right Ho, Jeeves", I thought I would give this one a go one more time. Same thing, except now I was spoiled by Jonathan Cecil's narration. By the time I got to the second on third rolling r, I was done or undone, as it were.<br/><br/>Unfortunately, Jonathan Cecil did not narrate this book, but I am sure there are others who can bring Bertie and Jeeves to life in a humorous way.<br/><br/>Don't let this book turn you away from Wodehouse. Pass this one by, go directly to "Right Ho, Jeeves" narrated by Jonathan Cecil and experience Bertie, Jeeves, and the whole gang as they were meant to be.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A lovely comic light reading. The book consists of several independent episodes, ideal for when you want some short "bedtime stories".
The narrator is brilliant.
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If you could sum up My Man Jeeves in three words, what would they be?
Refreshing, fun, serendipitous
What did you like best about this story?
Thorn's narration and Bertie's outlook.
Which character – as performed by David Thorn – was your favorite?
If you could take any character from My Man Jeeves out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Bertie, he would pay and maybe Jeeves would come along and solve a problem or two.
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I found Thorn's narration to be perfect. I keep bookmarking sections to play for my wife. Thorn really brings the characters to life! Couldn't be better in my view. If I was reading the book vs. listening I wouldn't like it nearly as much.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This will take the sting out of 5 hours of driving, paperwork, or irksome repetitive work of any kind. What a an outstanding advantage it would be to have Jeeves, or at least his well-informed and chess-trained brain with that deep understanding of the psychology of the individual!
Warning----do not play this in situations where laughter would be a serious faux pas---you will do it in spite of all intentions to the contrary.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The only problem I had with this is that the Jeeves stories are repeated in "Carry on Jeeves".
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Having heard many PG Wodehouse recordings, I was disappointed with this narration. There are other, much better versions of this same story available.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a light salad of a book, for those occasions when a full meal is too much. The collection of stories are not connected, so they can be consumed in bits and in any order. It is mildly humorous without requiring great concentration to follow. As such, it can be a good break from heavier entanglements or when you have less time or attention to devote. But it is not Wodehouse's best.
Half the stories involve Reggie, a prototype character to the familiar Bertie Wooster. I wish I knew this at the outset, as I found it confusing, at first. More problematic was the reader's accent. Though I appreciated the constantly rolling "R's", at first, it felt tiresome and affected after a while.
Really, if you want to read all the Jeeves stories, you COULD give this one a miss. The Bertie Wooster tales included here are available elsewhere, so unless you are looking for the Reggie Pepper tales (a sort of pre-Bertie character), go on to book 2. The 4 Jeeves stories are great, classic stories. The Reggie stories are good, but not fantastic. David Thorn, for some strange reason, fills Bertie's speech with rolling Rs, which can be annoying. Someone should get Hugh Laurie or Stephen Fry to read these stories!
just hideous. the reader rolls every single r and there is an awful music track. unlistenable.
Not suitable for long-term driving Entertainment - it is doze- able. The brogue is sometimes very thick and leaves one to wait for understanding with further reading.
only two short stories jeeves and Wooster. the other stories were very disappointing no connection at all with heaves and Wooster.
The stories are classic delightful Wodehouse. But the reader's decision to roll his Rs is unnecessary at best and very, very irritating at worst.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Jeeves and Wooster are surely one of literature's best comic creations. I never tire of hearing of Bertie's mishaps and the ingenious way that Jeeves gets him out of trouble. Each chapter tells a different story so the book can be picked up and put down at your leisure....perfect for a spot of ironing or a quick laze in the garden. This is Upper Class silliness at its best and I love PG's turn of phrase. I don't know whether these books are on any exam syllabus, but if they're not, they should be!
What other book might you compare My Man Jeeves to, and why?
None - it's unique (apart from other PG Woodhouse books).
What about David Thorn’s performance did you like?
He's BRILLIANT! I love the way Bertie rolls his Rs and the way he skillfully switches between Bertie and the deadpan Jeeves.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I'm halfway through and have laughed out loud on several occasions - take care when listening in public, although on the plus side, it should ensure that noone sits next to you on the bus!
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Good clean fun - I loved it and highly recommend it.
2 of 5 people found this review helpful