Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Jeeves, Book 11
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

How fortunate that Stilton Cheesewright drew Bertie Wooster, the red-hot favourite, in the Drones Club annual darts tournament. Had he not he would surely have beaten Bertie to a pulp and buttered the lawn with him. Stilton does not like men trifling with his fiancee Florence Craye's affections. In the event Florence would seem to prefer Percy Gorringe, stepson of L.G. Trotter. What is Aunt Dahlia's obsessive interest in the wretched Trotter? Can there be more then one rope of false pearls? Will Jeeves deign to put things right, given that Bertie has grown a moustache of which he disapproves strongly?
©2014 P.G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Jonathan Cecil amazes as he reads this larky narrative, capturing perfectly the befuddled Wooster, the conniving Stilton Cheesewright, and the divine Florence with flawless aplomb." (AudioFile)

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  • FictionFan
  • 11-22-18

Brouhaha at Brinkley...

When Jeeves returns to the old homestead after a short holiday, imagine his horror on discovering that in his absence Bertie has taken the opportunity to grow a moustache! Not everyone shares his distaste for the facial hair, though. Florence Craye, for one, thinks it’s simply marvellous. In fact, so enthusiastic is she that her fiancé, the beefy Stilton Cheesewright, develops a strong desire to break Bertie’s spine in four, or perhaps, five places. Only the thought that he has drawn Bertie in the Drones Club darts tournament and stands to win a hefty sum should Bertie triumph stays Stilton’s wrath. Bertie thinks it might be expedient however to retreat to Brinkley Court, Aunt Dahlia’s place, till the heat dies down, little knowing that he will soon find the place teeming with Florences, Stiltons, lovelorn playwrights, Liverpudlian newspaper magnates and Lord Sidcup, once known to all and sundry as the would-be dictator Roderick Spode. Will Jeeves overcome the coolness that has arisen over the matter of the moustache and rally round the young master in his hour of need? Or will Bertie find himself at last facing the long walk down the aisle into the dreaded state of matrimony...? Wodehouse is on top form in this one, and I enjoyed meeting up with Florence Craye again – always one of my favourite Wooster girlfriends. She’s less drippy than Madeleine Bassett, less haughty than Honoria Glossop and less troublesome than Stiffy Byng. Were it not for the fact that she writes highbrow literary novels, I feel she would be a good match for our Bertie, but the poor man really prefers to curl up with The Mystery of the Pink Crayfish or suchlike. Stilton’s jealousy gets a proper workout since, not only does he fear that Florence still has feelings for her ex-fiancé Bertie, but Percy Gorringe, a playwright who is converting Florence’s novel for the stage, seems to be mooning around after her rather a lot too. Meantime, Aunt Dahlia is trying to offload her magazine Milady’s Boudoir to a Liverpudlian newspaper magnate, Mr Trotter, so he and his social-climbing wife are in residence too as she hopes the wonders of Anatole’s cooking will soften him up and get her a good price. But when Uncle Tom invites Spode to Brinkley specifically to check out the pearl necklace he recently purchased for her, Aunt Dahlia is aghast. She has pawned the necklace to keep the magazine afloat till she sells it, and the pearls she is wearing are a paste imitation. Only Jeeves can save the day! I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jonathan Cecil who does his usual marvellous job of creating distinct and appropriate voices for each character – in this one he had extra fun with the Liverpudlian accents. His Bertie is perfect, and I love his Aunt Dahlia – one hears the baying hounds and distant view-halloo of the Quorn and Pytchley Hunts ringing in her tones each time she speaks. Great fun – there’s nothing quite like spending a few hours in the company of these old friends to bring the sunshine into the gloomiest autumn day.

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  • Jane
  • 07-02-19

EXCELLENT

jonathan Cecil is the very BEST voice for the Jeeves stories and any other books for that matter. BRILLIANT!

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  • E P
  • 06-08-19

Bewildered Bertie’s language occasionally offends

Makes a wonderful retreat from reality. Slightly subprime Wodehouse, but entertaining none the less. Bertie’s bewilderment at finding himself in a girls bedroom in the early hours of the morning by accident is pure joy, illustrating the characters innocent gallantry. One slight jarring note is some of the language “quite white of you” “White man’s burden” which decades after they were written, are offensive. Remember this not one of the pre-WW2 novels but written in 1954. I doubt that it was meant to offend, but escapism does not work if it jars you back to reality with a jolt

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 09-25-20

Another fun tale from Jeeves and Wooster

This is by no means my favourite Jeeves and Wooster book, and is quite a long way off from being the best, but it still can be counted as a solid entry into the series. Jeeves, although present, seems somewhat less so due to his being either absent for parts of having minimal input. It feels more like a Wooster novel than a Jeeves and Wooster novel, something which is in no way a bad thing. Bertie's narrative style is a complete win for me every time. So much so that I fancy the same style could be used to write instruction manuals and they'd receive high ratings every time. In Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit, our luckless hero Bertie faces the ever looming threats of a beating at the hands of Darcy 'Stilton' Cheesewright and the even deadlier threat, at least to a man of Bertie's lifestyle, of marriage to the woman that the aforementioned Cheesewright has his eyes set on. I think the best way of summing Bertie's life up is 'you can't do right for doing wrong'. Whatever the poor chap tries, the universe has some cruel twisted joke to play on him for having tried it. For me, his sheer rotten luck and the way in which he acts, speaks etc ... make him one of my favourite characters in all of literature. Having Jeeves by his side makes for the perfect double act. As I said before, this is a strong entry in the series, but not the best. Where before, some of the twists and turns weren't overly easy to spot, they are almost blatantly obvious in 'Feudal Spirit'. Some of the actions taken are also a bit odd considering simply not doing them would have given Bertie a much easier time of things.  That being said, it's still easy to enjoy, as is every book within the series, and I can't wait to dip into more books from P. G. Wodehouse. Genuinely dreading the day when I have exhausted the man's literature. The narration in this one was absolutely wonderful. Jonathan Cecil, as I always say, sounds somewhat similar to Stephen Fry, something that makes this an even more enjoyable experience. So much so that I skipped a book in the series as he doesn't appear to narrate book ten. I'll no doubt buy that to read so as not to sully my ears with another narrator's voice for this series.

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  • John T Burns
  • 08-10-20

Superb! Bliss!

magnificent performance by Johnathan Cecil, superb writing by PG Wodehouse makes this a joyous experience and one not to be missed.

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  • Jackie F
  • 08-07-20

Brilliant comedy

loved it especially the narration and the descriptions of Bertie's daily life and his interactions especially with the aging aunts.

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  • AngelaM007
  • 06-23-20

Excellent

Jonathan Cecil is very good as a narrator. He really brings the story to life. I enjoyed it so much I listened to it twice.

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  • Jane
  • 02-11-16

Absolutely wonderful

PG Wodehouse is a genius. These books are fantastic. The world of Bertie is wonderful and I love visiting it. Funny, wonderful phrases run throughout. Bertie reminds us that it is enough simply to be kind and have the best intentions.

I couldn't recommend these books highly enough and (without wanting to seem too gushing) I think my life would be poorer and darker without Jeeves and Wooster. Thank you PGW

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  • 09-04-18

hilarious

loved this so funny..spent many happy hrs listening.money well spent. bertie wooster and jeeves always provide a laugh

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  • nicola spiers
  • 09-27-16

narration not skippy enough for Bertie

sorry, narrator too slow and too received pronunciation to convey Bertie's joie de vivre. will be looking for other readers

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  • emmoff
  • 11-17-16

What Ho, Jeeves

Bertie is growing a moustache and Jeeves disapproves. Bertie is determined to keep said moustache but unfortunately, novelist and ex-fiance Florence Craye, admires the moustache resulting in the wrath of Stilton Cheesewright, a "combustible chap", who considers the moustache a cheap trick by Bertie to steal his girl. When Bertie gets a call for assistance from Aunt Dahlia to rush down to her "country pile" at Brinkley Court, he unfortunately finds himself in close proximity to Florence Craye, and Stilton Cheesewright. Bring on those Jeeves specials. Contains the fabulous insult: “You revolting young piece of cheese.”

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  • Love to Read
  • 08-09-19

Never so much fun was had!

I’ve rather enjoyed many of PG’s masterpieces bit this one is really laugh out loud. The book is wonderful and the performance by Jonathan Cecil perfect as always.

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 08-09-16

Dated but still ingenious

1 have not read Wodehouse for years, and found many aspects of his style had not worn well. However, he and this reader still had me laughing often.