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Alison Larkin Presents Right Ho, Jeeves (with bonus material)

Narrated by: Simon Jones
Series: Jeeves, Book 6
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Neil Gaiman once asked Douglas Adams was who his literary inspiration was for The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy. He said ‘’P. G. Wodehouse, but nobody ever notices". So, with a tip of the hat to Adams’ genius, we present his great friend Simon Jones (aka the original Arthur Dent) reading Wodehouse. What Ho! 

Award-winning narrator and AudioFile Golden Voice Simon Jones revives the classic pairing of Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves in this dazzling new recording of Right Ho, Jeeves. Straight from his role in the eagerly anticipated Downton Abbey movie, Simon brings the charming, wacky world of everyone’s favorite bumbling aristocrat, Bertie Wooster, and his brilliant, long-suffering manservant, Jeeves, to sparkling new life.

Right Ho, Jeeves, first published in 1934, features Bertie and Jeeves installed at Brinkley Court, the home of Bertie’s formidable Aunt Dahlia. The usual mayhem betwixt Bertie’s friends and relatives ensues, with Bertie inadvertently - and inevitably - fanning the flames of chaos, leaving Jeeves to come to the rescue of all in the end.  

BONUS! We’ve included the first complete Bertie and Jeeves story, “Leave it to Jeeves”, as a special addition. Bertie and Jeeves are in New York City and Bertie attempts to aid his artistic friend, Corky, in his pursuit of love. All goes dreadfully awry and, naturally, only Jeeves can untangle the knots.  

The stories are followed by a delightful interview in which Simon Jones talks with Alison Larkin about England, America, Douglas Adams, P. G. Wodehouse and his own encounters with the number 42.

©2019 Alison Larkin Presents (P)2019 Alison Larkin Presents

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Audiofile Earphones Award Winner: "Narrator Simon Jones breathes life into the character of English gentleman Bertie Wooster as he tries to assist in three different love affairs - with disastrous yet comic consequences. Jones shines in conveying the superciliousness of Wooster; the level-headedness of his valet, Jeeves; and the crazy antics of the lovelorn. A comedy of errors ensues that only worsens as Wooster tries to play matchmaker, a situation that Jones plays to great effect. He particularly makes the listener laugh in the scene where the teetotaler Gussie Fink-Nottle gets drunk before speaking at a school awards ceremony and says all manner of inappropriate things. Jones then wraps things up as Jeeves steps in at the end of the book to save the day and fix the muddle created by Wooster." (V.M.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine)

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  • A Carmack
  • 13-12-19

Jones is just not the man for the job

The story is fantastic; I am a huge Jeeves & Wooster fan.

The performance is okay, at best. Jones does little to differentiate between Wooster, Jeeves, other characters, and the narrator. Sometimes it is not clear who is speaking, which is pretty bad for an audiobook and especially bad for Jeeves & Wooster, when we should always know who is talking simply by the voice quality. I mean Jeeves just should not sound almost identical (and if not identical, then this narratoer makes him sound *younger*) than Wooster.

I tried it; I didn't like it. Jonathan Cecil is still the best.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-05-19

a unique take on Bertie

Casting Simon Jones to read Wodehouse is a piece of genius. His Bertie is different, but inspired. Also, the parallels to Douglas Adams's work is undeniable in this production, including that one line at the end is dead-on Marvin.

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