At Deverill Hall, an idyllic Tudor manor in the picture-perfect village of King's Deverill, impostors are in the air. The prime example is man-about-town Bertie Wooster, doing a good turn to Gussie Fink-Nottle by impersonating him while he enjoys fourteen days away from society after being caught taking an unscheduled dip in the fountains of Trafalgar Square. Bertie is of course one of nature's gentlemen, but the stakes are high: if all is revealed, there's a danger that Gussie's simpering fiancée Madeline may turn her wide eyes on Bertie instead.
It's a brilliant plan - until Gussie himself turns up, imitating Bertram Wooster. After that, only the massive brain of Jeeves (himself in disguise) can set things right.
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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
I like the style of Wodehouse's writing. His turn of phrase is sublime. The many aunts of Bertie's give great amusement
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
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
Jonathan Cecil is a wonderful narrator and suits these books perfectly
This is PG Wodehouse at his best, so clearly it is going to be worth a listen. The narrator is good, but be warned that he isn't always very good at differentiating the voices, so when two or even three young men, for example, are talking, it is almost impossible to tell who is saying what. However, it is still great fun.
"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.
"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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