© Estate of the late Sir Pelham Wodehouse; (P)1990 Chivers Audio Books
"Jonathan Cecil impersonates Wooster with aplomb." (AudioFile)
This is a brilliantly funny book by P G Wodehouse. It's full of good, clean, fun. Jonathan Cecil does a great job of narrating it, with totally believable accents of 'upper class' people from the 1920s.
Listen to Bertie (with a bit of help from his valet Jeeves) helping Bingo Little with his many, varied, 'loves of his life' and dealing with his cousins, and getting into trouble with his aunt.
Jonathan Cecil is an absolutely excellent narrator of Wodehouse, however, this recording does not serve him well.
It sounds rushed, and perhaps done some time ago. Too many pauses in the wrong place, swallows and breaths, or background noises lesson the pleasure of listening to Jeeves. I have enjoyed other Cecil reads of PGW on Audible, so this was disappointing.
It is still, of course, infinitely better than most other books.
Anything that can get the wonderful words of Wodehouse to you is worth the study. While the audiobook is hardly better than the printed version you loose nothing in the translation. Jonathan Cecil brings the characters to life in pretty much the same way as my mind.
Can you compare Wodehouse to anyone else? If you can I would very much like to know about these comparisons.
Bertie Wooster is the most rounded character and well played by Jonathan Cecil but I have a fondness for the portrayal of Spode.
I have listened to this book a half dozen times, twice in once sitting while on long distance trains.
I would think most people know about Jeeves and Wooster, lots of TV programs and stuff. But go back and discover the actual texts. They are exuberant, witty and joyful. And Jonathan Cecil as narrator is an inspired choice. I have tried the Martin Jarvis reading of the same book, mainly, I suppose, because he's a more famous name but it wasn't a patch on this version. Jonathan Cecil captures the gormless, well-intentioned naivety of Bertie Wooster and the obsequious yet superior sang-froid of Jeeves perfectly. Okay, he struggles a little bit with consistent accents when Americans or country policemen come into the books, but who cares. For a few hours of delightful, escapist fantasy go for any of the Jeeves and Wooster books - especially those read by Jonnathan Cecil.
It's actually a collection of short stories, but works very well as a book because of the running theme of Bingo Little's infatuations with unsuitable women, Bertie's infatuations with unsuitable clothing, and Jeeves, who sorts them both out in the manner we have come to expect. Jonathan Cecil reads beautifully too.
"A wonderful book, and a good performance"
P. G. Wodehouse needs no defense from me. Cecil's narration is lively and engaging, and quite frankly the worst thing about it is that he consistently pronounces the "t" in "valet". That's a pretty minor quibble.
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