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Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably give way at the knees.

For among those present were Florence Craye, to whom Bertie had once been engaged and her new fiancé 'Stilton' Cheesewright, who sees Bertie as a snake in the grass. And that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout, who is busy doing acts of kindness out of sheer malevolence.

All Bertie's forebodings are fully justified. For in his efforts to oil the wheels of commerce, promote the course of true love and avoid the consequences of a vendetta, he becomes the prey of all and sundry. In fact only Jeeves can save him.

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Great Story but............

I know all of Wodehouse's work inside out and I love this story. However I was very deeply disappointed in the quality of Format 4. This has been taken from an old tape. You can hear the hiss. There are gaps at the end of tapes. Audio quality cahngs frequently. It is about bearable on the IPOD, impossible says my daughter on the CD player in the car. I was really disappointed in the quality especially after the superb quality of Norell and Strange.

Cecil is a good narrator.

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Knotted locks and knitted socks...

Bertie isn’t keen on visiting Steeple Bumpleigh, home to Aunt Agatha, the most terrifying of his aunts. But Jeeves is keen to do a spot of fishing and Uncle Percy needs Jeeves’ help in finding a way to pull off a big business deal, so Bertie gives in gracefully. After all, Aunt Agatha is off elsewhere on a visit, ex-fiancée Florence Craye can be no threat to his bachelorhood now that she’s engaged to D’Arcy “Stilton” Cheesewright, and while his young cousin Edwin is always a pestilence, how much harm could one Boy Scout possibly do? But when Florence and Stilton fall out over Stilton’s insistence on being the village policeman and Edwin burns down Bertie’s cottage whilst doing his daily act of kindness, things take a sinister turn. Meantime Uncle Percy is refusing to allow his ward Nobby Hopwood to marry the light of her life, Boko Fittleworth. Even for Jeeves, it will be a tall order to set everything right...

All the Jeeves and Wooster books have fundamentally the same plot, which is part of their charm but doesn’t make it easy to find new things to say in reviews! This is a particular favourite of mine, partly because I like Florence as one of Bertie’s recurring girlfriends – she’s not as drippy as Madeline nor as haughty as Honoria, and I often felt she would have been a serious contender in the matrimonial stakes had it not been for her desire to improve poor Bertie’s mind by forcing him to read highbrow literature. Bertie, as we know, prefers to relax with the latest murder mystery. Edwin and his acts of kindness bring trauma and despair to all his unwilling victims and much hilarity to the reader.

Jonathan Cecil is the perfect narrator for these books. His Bertie is Bertie, and he’s brilliant at creating appropriate voices and personas for the whole cast of characters. In this one, there’s a fabulous scene where Uncle Percy gets riotously drunk and Cecil’s performance had me chuckling and guffawing all the way through. If you need a bit of joy in the morning, the evening or any other time, I heartily recommend this and the other Jeeves audiobooks – they should be available on prescription!

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superbly amusing farce

incomparable Wodehouse, forget reality and let him lift your heart and spirits. Cecil reads perfectly.

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great wodehouse

great narration as usual from Jonathan cecil, I really enjoyed it. he is the best

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  • 29-06-20

Perfectly free of cynicism and malice

Just the fizzy tonic for these troubling times, and the Cecil makes the whole wheeze very easy on the ears.

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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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A joy as always

Having previously read all the Jeeves and Wooster books I was a little apprehensive about listening to the audio books. I need not have worried as these are a fantastic listen narrated perfectly by Jonathan Cecil once I got over comparing it to Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. I am working my way through all of his books now and hopefully will not run out of them any time soon!!

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A True Joy

So here we are, volume eight of Wodehouse's Jeeves stories and the first one I've bothered to review.

Once again we see poor (not in the financial sense) Bertram "Bertie" Wooster manipulated into things by his far more intelligent Gentleman's Gentleman Jeeves. Apparently Jeeves wishes to spend the summer fishing and with that in mind "persuades" Bertie to travel to Steeple Bumpleigh to visit family. With a cast featuring but not limited to: old school chums, former fiancés, cousins, uncles, and the constabulary much misunderstanding and shenanigans ensue.

I, as many of my age and nationality, was introduced to the world of Jeeves and Wooster through the excellent Fry and Laurie adaptation from the early 90s. So here we are some thirty years later and I thought it would be fun to read the books. I say read where I really mean listen to the superb Audible audiobooks read by Jonathan Cecil. Have I mentioned I like these stories?

Wodehouse has ideas... the gentry tend to be rather dim and our man Jeeves is a positive genius... this isn't bad as a plot device and works very well in a "now what is the blighter's plan" way. I really do enjoy these stories though some care must betaken as they were written in a time where some ideas were still thought of as acceptable. That being said if you can accept that 1920s Britain was a very different place there's no reason not to like these tales.

Cecil's performance as narrator has been top notch through all eight of the books I've read(?) listened to(?) so far.

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Oh, rather!

Dashed brilliant, bally marvellous, splendid stuff. Just the ticket, quite superlatively narrated and performed.

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Joy is right!

Jonathan Cecil was one of the greatest narrators of the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, especially the Jeeves and Wooster stories.

Silly, humourous, great fun, frivolous and with some of the wittiest and cleverest use of language. This story will provide you not just joy in the morning, but all times of the day.

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  • Masselyn
  • 22-08-05

Great story & reader, quality is not wonderful!

I fell in love with Wodehouse after hearing "Code of the Woosters" and ran back to Audible to get the rest of the series (especially with Cecil reading). I was disappointed when hearing these more expensive BBC recordings. My download was of poor quality, and often there were pockets of severe static (at MP3 quality). BUT, all in all the story is wonderful and the reader (in my opinion) is one of the best for Wooster and Jeeves.

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  • Miranda
  • 26-09-09

muddy bonbons

Reading PG Wodehouse is like eating candy--perhaps bonbons. And the narrator, Jonathan Cecil, does a brilliant job bringing Wodehouse's already so animated characters to full life. The only unfortunate part of the experience was the quality of the recording--often the sound is muddled--not so much that you can't hear, but if sound quality is important to you, you will be frustrated at times. Still, with that caveat, I can assure you that listening to this, Wodehouse and Cecil will bring you much joy--in the morning or any time of day you choose to listen.

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  • JOHN
  • 29-11-08

Truly a joy - except for the audio quality

This was my first Wodehouse book and I can now understand why so many love his writings. Nonstop pure entertainment, VERY British, a pleasure. Now I know where the statement "ask Jeeves" comes from.

I would have rated this 5 stars were it not for the quality of the audio. Sometimes clear, sometimes muffled and sometimes at a different speed, the sound quality detracted from the pleasure of the story. The reader, Jonathan Cecil, was excellent.

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  • Alice
  • 28-09-09

Lively, sound could be better

We are Wodehouse fans and listened to this (well thumbed in our library) on a recent trip. Mr. Cecil's reading is lively. Our sound system is very good in the car, but this recording had unneveness in volume. However, we just turned the vol up. We would recommend, but expected better quality.

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  • Megan
  • 29-09-16

One of the best, hands down.

If you only read two Jeeves books in your life, read this and The Code of The Woosters---I promise you won't be disappointed!

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  • elanna allen
  • 01-02-10

bad audio quality

I love Jonathan Cecil, but the audio quality sounds like he's reading under water. Shame.

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  • Edward
  • 22-04-10

Petty Larceny by Audible

If there were any justice in the universe P.G. Wodehouse and Jonathan Cecil respectively would be able to pull a hood over the head of whoever is responsible for this sound and beat them with a stick until they lost consciousness then wake them up and beat them some more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-21

Joy is right

This book was joy to listen to. Jonathan Cecil, in my opinion, is the best narrator for Wodehouse. You won't go wrong with this one.

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  • bill klibanow
  • 17-12-18

Outstanding!

One of Wodehouse’s best. And narrator Jonathan Cecil’s work is also (as usual) superb. His voices, his intonation and his timing all add so much to the story. It was a real treat!

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  • Susan
  • 11-11-18

Wodehouse’s best work

Joy in the Morning, which Wodehouse wrote while he was detained in France by the Nazis, is, in my opinion, the finest Jeeves novel. Apart from its perfectly crafted plot, the humor taps into something existential that must have come from the hardship Wodehouse was experiencing when he wrote it. Jonathan Cecil is the definitive reader of Wodehouse, and the Jeeves novels in particular. Whether you’re new to Wodehouse or a devotee, this is required listening. #humor #Jeeves #british #farce #tagsgiving #sweepstakes