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My Man, Jeeves

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Jeeves, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
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Containing drafts of stories later rewritten for other collections (including Carry On, Jeeves), My Man Jeeves offers a fascinating insight into the genesis of comic literature’s most celebrated double-act. All the stories are set in New York, four of them featuring Jeeves and Wooster themselves; the rest concerning Reggie Pepper, an earlier version of Bertie. Plots involve the usual cast of amiable young clots, choleric millionaires, chorus-girls, and vulpine aunts, but towering over them all is the inscrutable figure of Jeeves, manipulating the action from behind the scenes.

Early or not, these stories are masterly examples of Wodehouse’s art, turning the most ordinary incidents into golden farce.

©2005 by the Trustees of the Wodehouse Estate (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Perfect narration

I read another review for this audiobook that said the narrator was an American and mispronounced words, however I think that must apply to a different version of this audiobook, as this one is read by Jonathan Cecil, who was very definitely English.



Cecil was a theatre actor, renowned for playing upper class English characters - including Bertie Wooster on TV in 1981.

Who could be a more perfect narrator? (Except maybe Hugh Laurie)



For those that don't know, these are a series of individual short stories about an upperclass English man living in New York.

Bertie Wooster is a kind hearted, loveable dimwit, who relies on his valet, Jeeves, to extricate him and his friends from various scrapes and difficulties.

The joy is in the contrast between what Wooster observes and what the reader is able to see is really happening, with the all-knowing Jeeves firmly guiding Bertie through life.



There are also some short stories about Reggie Pepper, who may have been an earlier version of Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster character, but in my opinion seems to have slightly more brains (if only slightly). These stories are entertaining but suffer from a lack of Jeeves, who I adore!



The stories in this book are:

Leave it to Jeeves

Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest

Jeeves and the Hard-Boiled Egg

Absent Treatment (a Reggie Pepper story)

Helping Freddie (a Reggie Pepper story)

Rallying Around Old George (a Reggie Pepper story)

Doing Clarence A Bit Of Good (a Reggie Pepper story)

The Aunt and the Sluggard (Jeeves and Wooster)

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Topping stuff, what! If you know what I mean.

If I'd have missed this gem, I would have been pipped, don't you know. Gentle comedy, performed delightfully by what's his name. What a damned clever fellow to be able to perform like that! I mean, really, it's like he's a veritable thespian, as it were. And the writer... a genius, there's no doubt about it, no doubt at all - an amazing cove, by Jove.

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must listen

the style the anouther as done it been a series of short story on Jeezes work epically. the person reading it does a good job

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Don’t buy this book...

... unless you have decided to buy the complete collection; and then want to be disappointed. All of the J&W stories within are contained in other books in the series. Half of the book is a precursor to J&W with the less well formed Reggie Pepper as the main character, in stories
done much better later with J&W and finally, the narrator sounds like he had a sore throat throughout. My first audible book that I’ve been unable to say much good about.

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Extremely entertaining.

Wodehouse was famous for his hilarious sense of humour. This book proves it.
However, what impresses me most is the rendition of Cecil, which is truly extraordinary.

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Jonathan Cecil by far the best Wodehouse narrator

Nearly as much artistry seems to go into Jonathan Cecil's readings of Wodehouse stories as P.G. Wodehouse put into writing them. Perhaps it's because he could almost have descended from the Wodehouse universe himself that I've found no other narrator of Wodehouse to compare with him. It's very sad that there will be no new Jonathan Cecil readings since his death in 2011. I occasionally try other narrators, but none of them pinpoints the sublime absurdity of Wodehouse's characters and their predicaments as hilariously as Cecil does. Every character has a totally distinctive voice, and each voice brings the character to life vividly and unforgettably. If it's Wodehouse, it has to be Cecil.

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Absolutely riveting

I love this. It's such a treat for the mind every night! In the day, I find myself itching to pick up my headphones because I want to know what other kerfuffle Jeeves resolves through unexpected and brilliant ways.

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Absolute First Class Narration

I had known Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry to love the series but it took me 15 years to finally indulge. I’m sure much of the joy cabe from Cecil’s performance of such fun stories. A new love.

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Jeeves is just perfect

A lovely rendition of P G Woodhouse. As ever it ends with you desperately needing your own Jeeves.

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Early Wodehouse hasn't quite reached his stride

The Jeeves stories in this collection show the promise of what's to come, but I had the impression that this was Wodehouse learning his trade, rather than in complete mastery of it.

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  • 21-11-16

Amusing short stories of Wooster and Jeeves

excellent naration. and the fact that it was in short stories helped in listeningti the storie in one or two rounds taking a break -which I had to- and commencing without losing the train of thought.