The Mating Season

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Jeeves, Book 9
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
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Bertie Wooster is one of nature's gentlemen, so when Gussie Fink-Nottle gets himself into a spot of bother with the law, Bertie helps out - by impersonating Gussie! The plan seems to be working, until Gussie turns up - impersonating Bertie!
©2009 The Trustees of the Wodehouse Trust (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Funniest Book & Performance EVER!

Using all humor-devices at his disposal, Wodehouse delivers a truly timeless classic in The Mating Season. The hero, Bertram Wilberforce Wooster (Bertie to his intimates) is helplessly drawn into a three-act fiasco in his feeble attempts to aid school-chums straighten out lovers quarrels. Add a dose of self-preservation (frantically avoiding marriage with Madeline Basset as per usual), large dogs, and over-starched butlers and the stage is set. Jeeves, Bertie's personal manservant and the brains behind all solutions, convinces Bertie to impersonate a friend-in-distress and that begins a roll-call of other impersonations.

I can re-read this every few years but am never quite prepared for the waves of laughter for the village concert, especially the violin solo, Master George's BenBattle rendition, or when the knockabout cross-talk act scene arrives. The delivery of one liners and range of voices displayed by Jonathan Cecil is truly astounding and I urge you to give this book a listen.

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Woodhouse at its best.

Jonathan Cecil's performance cannot be bettered. This book is the funniest of all the PG Woodhouse books I've read so far. All in all it is delightful, lighthearted, laugh out loud Woodhouse at its best.

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Pitch Perfect

Jonathan Cecil's voice is a match made in Heaven for Wodehouse's brilliant writing. I have nothing negative to say. Love Bertie's hilarious, mixed up adventures.

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Fun story, excellent narration

Jonathan Cecil is hands down the best Wodehouse narrator around. His Jeeves and Wooster is perfect. Great story, fantastic narration. Well worth buying.

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Jonathan Cecil is the "Mons Jus"

Listening to Jonathan Cecil portray the icons created by P.G. Woodhouse is a real treat and bundle of laughs to listen on my headphones. Bravo to a performance extraordinaire - if that is the word I want.

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Another winner!

As usual, Jeeves and Betram have us rolling in the aisles! And the PERFECT narrator is the icing on the cake.

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best narrator ever: Jonathan Cecil!

I recommend that one only listens to his narrations of P G Wodehouse books. I've wasted time and money on the others. The Bertie Worster series is my favorite.

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Wonderful narration

Charming farce. Cecil's voice so much resembles Laurie's as Bertie, which is a plus. I am noticing that Bertie is not quite so much a buffoon in Wodewouse's original stories, and that Jeeves has a more ancillary role. I am glad that BBC made that change, as it creates a stronger role for Jeeves.

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DELIGHTFUL!

Wodehouse has such a magical way with words that leave one giggling and guffawing. I love the way the jokes and metaphors sneak up and bung one on the noggin. Jonathan Cecil is a master at narrating any Wodehouse tome.

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Hilarious Wodehouse

I laughed so hard a few times that it almost gave me a stitch in the side. One of Wodehouse’s best.

The narrator had the perfect voice for Wodehouse. He might have varied the voice a bit more consistently to differentiate characters, but...

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  • 12-14-13

Wodehouse strikes again with another classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would thoroughly recommend this book as it takes you back to a carefree time when gentlemen were gentlemen and life was one jolly jape after another

What did you like best about this story?

I like the style of Wodehouse's writing. His turn of phrase is sublime. The many aunts of Bertie's give great amusement

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to all of Jonathan 's performances and he is a master in capturing the characters within the book. You could say that all the books follow the same general storyline but I find them all full of humour and enjoyment

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh in many places, especially when he was in a tight spot with being discovered as impersonating Gussie and when Jeeves has to step in and save the day

Any additional comments?

Jonathan Cecil is a wonderful narrator and suits these books perfectly

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  • Colliedog
  • 05-04-20

The Inimitable Jonathan Cecil

Not just a reading, a top class, one-man performance of a masterpiece of comic writing. Superb.

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  • Deryck Harmer
  • 11-29-19

A PG Wodehouse classic

Enjoyed this rendition thoroughly, Jonathan Cecil reads it very well and the story is hilarious - a genuine masterpiece by PG Wodehouse.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-19

Comedy perfection

Utterly perfect and hilarious. One of my favourite books from my favourite comedy writer PG Wodehouse.

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  • Sagittarian
  • 11-08-18

Jolly good show

Wodehouse and Cecil both on form. Great, escapist stuff with a good sprinkling of laugh-out-loud moments.

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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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  • Lyro8
  • 04-09-16

one of the finest

One of the best Jeeves and Wooster novels. A fine farce in which Bertie has to pretend to be Gussie; while Gussie pretends to be Bertie. As usual, Bertie's chums conspire to land him in the soup forcing Jeeves to haul him to safety. Featuring a host of magnificently named characters, including Catsmeat Potter Pirbright and Esmund Haddock of Haddock's Heartache Hokies, plus 5 terrifying aunts, it's a delight. Beautifully narrated by Cecil.

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  • Mitzie
  • 07-26-15

Witty Wodehouse at his best

Engaging, light Wodehousian fun ! Well paced reading, good characterisation - an audio book easy on the ear in all ways !!

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  • Debra
  • 04-18-15

Lovely!

Brilliant! Absolutely up to the usual standard in every regard. A very satisfying farce with the joins just visible enough to make you feel in on the joke.

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  • Swords and Spectres
  • 05-04-20

Hilarious and utterly enjoyable

I’ll start off by saying that I absolutely adore the Jeeves and Worcester books. The charming, witty and just downright posh way of Wodehouse’s stories have me bingeing on his work whenever I have them set in front of me. I'll also say that, despite this being book 9, although I feel you'd get way more enjoyment by just reading them all, you can pick this one up and not feel too out of your depth.

With ‘The Mating Season’ this binge-effect was no different. It follows the standard formula with a well-meaning Bertie willing to move hell and highwater if it means helping a friend out of some trouble or personal issue. Unfortunately for our young man about town, with every shred of help offered, he somehow manages to find himself in hot water for something or another and, with Jeeves being absent for large parts of the book, he has to rely on his own (limited) wits to get himself back onto dry land.

As mentioned above, Jeeves does not feature as prominently as he does in other books and Bertie finds his own limited intelligence bolstered … or maybe hindered by that of his friend, Catsmeat (Bertie’s friends have names so bizarre that even fiction itself would wonder at them).

I enjoyed this book more than most I have gotten through this year due to the light-hearted humour of it. I’d lost count of the times I’d find myself grinning like a fool or laughing in public (my headphones out of sight and covered by a hood or hat) only for passers-by to look at me like I was several fries short of the full meal. That, however, is the mark of an enjoyable book.

The only issue with enjoying this book is that you know, with the author having died a good while ago, you’re only working with a finite amount of them. But I’ll just make them last and get as much enjoyment as possible out of them. I’d highly recommend any fans of historical fiction/comedy type books does the same as it is truly a wonderful series.

What makes it better is that the narrator, Jonathan Cecil, sounds so much like Stephen Fry that I had to make sure it wasn’t Fry working under a pseudonym. Phenomenal performance from him from start to finish. Every character sounds distinctly different and the voices put on go a long way to helping you visualise them in your head. A true talent in the world of narration.

Speaking of the characters, along with the overall settings of his novels and general hi-jinks Bertie finds himself in, they are a serious success on the part of Wodehouse. Very strong character work and brilliant pacing. The world lost a true talent the day he breathed his last.

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  • Love to Read
  • 09-02-19

Perfect narration of a wonderful story

I adore P.G. Wodehouse - he must be one of the worlds cleverest writers with the most amazing command of the English language. His works are witty and winsome - I enjoy every word. And as for Jonathan Cecil’s narration? How does one improve upon perfection? ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-19

Great narration. Wonderful characterisations.

It was even more enjoyable with the narrators clever character variations. Great plot too. Very funny.

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  • Em REID
  • 04-08-18

Another great Wodehouse.

Johnathon Cecil does such a brilliant job narrating Wodehouse. He captures the nuances, great timing, excellent humour.

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  • Tigermoth
  • 08-15-15

Great story, poor narrator.

Quite good. I would not recommend this narrator. The characters' voices blend together at times, which makes it difficult to follow. Much prefer Wodehouse read by Martin Jarvis.