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Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably have given way at the knees. For among those present were Florence Craye, to who Bertie had once been engaged...and her new fiance 'Stilton' Cheesewright, who regarded Bertie as a snake in the grass...also Zenobia Hopwood and her guardian Lord Worplesdon, whose violent antipathy to 'Boko' Fittleworth amounted to obsession...and that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout, doing acts of kindness out of sheer malevolence. All Bertie's forebodings were fully justified. For in his efforts to oil the wheels of commerce, promote the course of true love, and avoid the consequences of a vendetta, he became the prey of all and sundry. Complete disaster was only avoided by the genius of Jeeves, who extricated the young master with a ploy as smoothly executed as it was brilliantly conceived.
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Great story & reader, quality is not wonderful!

I fell in love with Wodehouse after hearing "Code of the Woosters" and ran back to Audible to get the rest of the series (especially with Cecil reading). I was disappointed when hearing these more expensive BBC recordings. My download was of poor quality, and often there were pockets of severe static (at MP3 quality). BUT, all in all the story is wonderful and the reader (in my opinion) is one of the best for Wooster and Jeeves.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Miranda
  • cambridge, MA, USA
  • 09-26-09

muddy bonbons

Reading PG Wodehouse is like eating candy--perhaps bonbons. And the narrator, Jonathan Cecil, does a brilliant job bringing Wodehouse's already so animated characters to full life. The only unfortunate part of the experience was the quality of the recording--often the sound is muddled--not so much that you can't hear, but if sound quality is important to you, you will be frustrated at times. Still, with that caveat, I can assure you that listening to this, Wodehouse and Cecil will bring you much joy--in the morning or any time of day you choose to listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • JOHN
  • Plantation, FL, United States
  • 11-29-08

Truly a joy - except for the audio quality

This was my first Wodehouse book and I can now understand why so many love his writings. Nonstop pure entertainment, VERY British, a pleasure. Now I know where the statement "ask Jeeves" comes from.

I would have rated this 5 stars were it not for the quality of the audio. Sometimes clear, sometimes muffled and sometimes at a different speed, the sound quality detracted from the pleasure of the story. The reader, Jonathan Cecil, was excellent.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Alice
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 09-28-09

Lively, sound could be better

We are Wodehouse fans and listened to this (well thumbed in our library) on a recent trip. Mr. Cecil's reading is lively. Our sound system is very good in the car, but this recording had unneveness in volume. However, we just turned the vol up. We would recommend, but expected better quality.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of the best, hands down.

If you only read two Jeeves books in your life, read this and The Code of The Woosters---I promise you won't be disappointed!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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bad audio quality

I love Jonathan Cecil, but the audio quality sounds like he's reading under water. Shame.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Edward
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 04-22-10

Petty Larceny by Audible

If there were any justice in the universe P.G. Wodehouse and Jonathan Cecil respectively would be able to pull a hood over the head of whoever is responsible for this sound and beat them with a stick until they lost consciousness then wake them up and beat them some more.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Simply wonderful!

One of the best from PG Wodehouse with an exceptional reading by Jonathan Cecil. Simply wonderful.

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Oh Yes

Any additional comments?

English literature had seen little humor before Wodehouse, and none since.I live in Canada, and still I was not born here nor is English my first language.I had difficulty appreciating Wodehouse when I first started reading them.I think it was because I was unfamiliar with the British mode of speaking and when I read them, the tone of voice with which Wodehouse wrote the centences just don't ring in my head and therefore they appeared dry and the slangs unintelligible.But one day as I was halfway through reading one of them starring Ogden, I was forced to go out and run an errand. Eager to find out what happens next in the chapter, I registered an audible account and bought the audiobook just so I can finish the story while driving out.It simply blew my mind, and for the first time I was able to hear the narration and dialogues the way they are meant to be heard.I was fortunate enough to have come across Mr. Cecil's work on my first try or else I might have given up on the idea of an audiobook on the same day I came up with it. Although on hindsight, it is not that unlikely that I should have chanced to hear his version considering how many different stories he has produced.P.S.To borrow a praise for Homer, I'd like to say:Read Wodehouse once, and you can read no moreFor all book else appear so mean so poorProse will seem verse, but still persist to readAnd Wodehouse will be all the books you need.P.P.S."I am a worm."P.P.P.S.“See how the little how-does-it-go tum tumty tiddly push”. - most humours sentence ever written, I almost passed out laughing after hearing that paragraph which you, too, might have listened to alraedy.

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Jonathan Cecil brings Wodehouse to life!

best. narrator. ever. Just love Cecil + Wodehouse in a typically rollicking take of Jeeves misadventures.

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  • sd rogerson
  • 08-22-05

Great Story but............

I know all of Wodehouse's work inside out and I love this story. However I was very deeply disappointed in the quality of Format 4. This has been taken from an old tape. You can hear the hiss. There are gaps at the end of tapes. Audio quality cahngs frequently. It is about bearable on the IPOD, impossible says my daughter on the CD player in the car. I was really disappointed in the quality especially after the superb quality of Norell and Strange.

Cecil is a good narrator.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • simon
  • 09-17-15

great wodehouse

great narration as usual from Jonathan cecil, I really enjoyed it. he is the best

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher Leach
  • 02-23-17

superbly amusing farce

incomparable Wodehouse, forget reality and let him lift your heart and spirits. Cecil reads perfectly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve Brown
  • 10-01-16

Perfect Bertie nonsense!

Classic Wodehouse fluff, wonderfully constructed and excellently performed. Sheer delight from start to finish. The final denouement is as satisfying as it is inevitable!

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  • sebastian
  • 08-22-16

Jonathan Cecil is masterful.

Jonathan Cecil is masterful. Jonathan Cecil is masterful.
Shall i say it again? These are some of the best narrated audio books available.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs P S Lowe
  • 08-30-15

Some nice twists

Enjoyable listen but carries on a bit. Entertaining and raises a smile or three or four.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful