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Joy in the Morning

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Jeeves, Book 8
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)

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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.
©2014 P. G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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bad audio quality

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

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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.

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Outstanding!

One of Wodehouse’s best. And narrator Jonathan Cecil’s work is also (as usual) superb. His voices, his intonation and his timing all add so much to the story. It was a real treat!

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Wodehouse’s best work

Joy in the Morning, which Wodehouse wrote while he was detained in France by the Nazis, is, in my opinion, the finest Jeeves novel. Apart from its perfectly crafted plot, the humor taps into something existential that must have come from the hardship Wodehouse was experiencing when he wrote it. Jonathan Cecil is the definitive reader of Wodehouse, and the Jeeves novels in particular. Whether you’re new to Wodehouse or a devotee, this is required listening. #humor #Jeeves #british #farce #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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One of the best Bertie and Jeeves books, well done

This is Wodehouse at his best plotting. The characters are memorable and somehow stand out from the characters at the other country houses Bertie and Jeeves visit. Wodehouse is amazing at this. The narrator is very good. His Jeeves is understated and the narrator does not convey the twinkle in Jeeves' voice when he responds to Bertie's inanities. But the narrator is more than adequate.

PS I first read these books in paperbacks long before the internet. Now that it is possible to look up the quotations immediately, I feel like I am getting a proper British education. (Wink.) The main fun is the story, the characters, and the fabulous turns of phrase, as always. But in 2018 being able to take a quick break from the book and to look up the quotes from Hamlet and Macbeth and Tennyson is an added pleasure.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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  • Tilly
  • 07-22-19

WONDERFUL

once again FANTASTIC! Jonathan Cecil always brings everything in a story alive.
well done .



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  • Richard
  • 06-10-18

Once listened to Cecil nothing else will do.

Same formula, but as enjoyable as ever and the story is possibly the strongest yet.

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  • Jane
  • 03-02-18

Wodehouse at his best

All of the Jeeves and Wooster stories transport me to a sunny world of English country houses and small adventures. Totally perfect. Thank goodness for Jeeves

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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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  • 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.

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  • Love to Read
  • 08-30-19

A joy to listen

A truly fabulous story with Jonathan Cecil’s absolutely perfect narration. ‘Joy in the Morning’ and ‘The Feudal Spirit’ are my two all time favourite Jeeves and Wooster books (so far). Highly recommended to anyone who loves charming stories, exquisitely written and superbly narrated. Whilst born generations apart, Wodehouse and Cecil are a splendid team who once again provide hours of marvellous, witty and laugh out loud escapism.