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Publisher's Summary

Everyone - even Augustus the cat - has cause to be obliged to Jeeves when he manages to retrieve the infamous Book - the book which lays bare the private lives of three-quarters of the upper classes. And which could prove to be political dynamite at the Market Snodsbury by-election.
©1971 P.G Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Much Obliged, Jeeves

The book is quite funny, but the reader Dinsdale Landen does not do it justice. He has a pleasant voice, and I'm sure he's very talented - but he reads too fast, crowding the sentences, and the voices of different speakers are too much alike. I found it difficult to tell who was speaking and when the speaker changed, and I kept wishing that it was Martin Jarvis or Jonathan Cecil reading, instead. It was heavy going, to quote Mr. Wodehouse.....

I'd give it 5 stars if Jarvis or Cecil was reading.

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Difficult narrator

Compared to some of the other narrators of P.G. Wodehouse's books, this one was not pleasant to listen to--the characters often sounded alike and the narration seemed rushed. Not a bad PGW story; wish it would have been a different narrator.

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Classic Wodehouse, horrible narrator

Dinsdale Landen races through this book like he's late for dinner. He's poor at distinguishing voices His voice for Jeeves is grating and condescending. His Bertie is dim and gabbling, without Bertie's joie de vivre and good-heartedness. He also cannot pronounce French (preux chevalier pronounced as "pro chevaleer") or Scots (gang agley is "gang AGG-lee"). Extremely disturbing, as Jeeves would say.

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Hilarious

Wodehouse never disappoints, giving me many belly-laughs which must make the neighbours question my sanity if they hear.

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  • mz
  • 04-30-20

Rushing narrator sounds the same for everybody

You can't even tell the difference between Bertie and Jeeves!

I think that says enough about the narrator. I have likes and dislikes of narrators of Jeeves, but this is my least favorite.

He also rushes through everything, not taking a breath, which makes distinguishing between characters even harder. The non-stop rush also gives me a headache. It's as if I've fast forwarded everything 2x. Very frustrating to listen to. Don't listen to it when you're stressed, or even when you're not stressed, because you will be after 10 minutes of this.

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fun story

One of my favorite Wodehouse stories, with great narration. Excellent voice talent for different characters.

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Disappointed

The reader is not as good as the former “Jeeves & Wooster” series reader. Speaks much too fast and the British accent so thick that I had to slow down the speed to .8 in order to understand the dialogue.

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enjoyable book

this might not be laugh out loud as much as some of them and I prefer I'm sorry to say Jonathan Cecil's narration. however I enjoyed it and I'll probably listen to it again in the future. how would house managers to create all of these problems and then tie them up in the very satisfactory solutions continues to to please and comfort me.

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  • Tom
  • 08-04-11

Good stuff from the master

I love listening to P G Wodehouse audiobooks. He is such a good writer that it is sheer pleasure to go at the pace of the narrator so you can savour every word and chortle at every joke.

PGW is on top form in this quite short Jeeves outing. Dinsdale Landen is a fine narrator - really enjoying himself and bringing the book splendidly to life - but he goes just a tad too fast for my liking. Still, well worth a listen and excellent entertainment.

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  • Cornish Jan
  • 02-03-16

Read too fast

What did you like most about Much Obliged, Jeeves?

The usual Wodehouse story. Fun and beautiful use of language.

How could the performance have been better?

This is read far too fast! It is read at such a rate that I had to listen to it on 75% speed - the first time I have ever had to use this facility. It's not too slow at this speed but it is sometimes difficult to know who is speaking as the characters are not differentiated sufficiently.

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  • L V G
  • 10-28-17

Wodehouse good as ever.

Wodehouse can be relied on to provide good light entertainment and this is no exception.
Not my favourite narrator, rather too speedy, blurring the distinction between characters speaking, and between speech and prose. Jonathan Cecil's expert rendering of the Wodehouse novels set a high standard which others can't quite match.

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  • Ceripol
  • 03-26-16

Narrator in a bit of a rush

Story was fine, a bit of a rehash of elements of other stories but some new material and characters too. I found the narration a bit too rushed, often had to skip back to listen again to sentences. Also the style for Jeeves wasn't quite right - intonation going up at the end of sentences, whereas I always think of Jeeves as being more sepulchral. All in all it was fine but I prefer Jonathan Cecil's reading, and the earlier stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-18

The narrator speak to fast.

The narrator speak way to fast for the listener to enjoy the wonderful language of Wodehouse.

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  • Clady Lad
  • 01-07-21

Fantastic - but why the hurry?

I have read PG Wodehouse over and over since I was a mere stripling and love his work to pieces. I have many audio books featuring Jonathan Cecil which are excellent, but when I saw this one narrated by Dinsdale Landen I bought it after listening to the sample.


And to (sort of) quote the master: "Mister Landen passes it over the diaphragm with no small amount of aplomb." His portrayal of the characters is great as are his range of voices. His reading is impeccable... yet, there is a but...


Others have alluded to the narration being too fast. But I feel it's the sound engineer who's the culprit. They seem to have been in something of a hurry to get this version mastered. Perhaps their own Aunt Agatha was after them with a hatchet?


Consequently, quickfire exchanges are indeed the order of the day. There are times when character B answers character A almost before character A has finished speaking. But that can't be DL's fault, not unless he can speak in two voices at once.


This fault makes for things sounding rushed at times and why I've given overall a grudging 4. I really felt a 3 was more apt but that would be unfair to DL who is really great in the reading.


Apart from that one niggle it's classic Wodehouse. Peerless prose delivered by a performer who's clearly very fond of the subject, and even though scuppered at times, one who does (as Jeeves perhaps might not put it) a 'bang-up job.'

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  • VioletRuth
  • 07-08-19

Great, relaxing listen.

Humorous stories with interesting twists. Slightly let down by the narrator, who read so very fast that at times I just could not work out what he was saying .

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  • Bundoodragon
  • 05-05-21

Spoiled by narrator

Wonderful story as ever, witty and entertaining . It is spoiled by the narrator who does not differentiate between the voices. At times I struggled to work out if it was Jeeves or Bertie speaking, it needs Jonathan Cecil!

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  • Nicola
  • 02-18-21

As expected

As usual Jeeves saves the day. Not badly narrated but the voice of Jeeves isn’t quite right to my mind.

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  • Steve Brown
  • 03-23-20

Another Wodehouse classic

A particularly well-crafted plot and some outstandingly funny set pieces.

I think the criticism of the narrator in some other reviews is misplaced. It's not that he speaks particularly quickly, but rather that he speaks in the clipped tones that are in an authentic period manner. I think it adds to the atmosphere, and personally I found his delivery crystal clear.