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Summary

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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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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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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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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Simply Topping Stuff What

Anyone who loves the 20's and 30's era of culture, true English language with words that are seldom now spoken, wit, satire and rippingly good, as well as funny stories, will love these P G Wodehouse specials. You get a mix here of both Jeeves and Bertie Wooster and other stories and all topped off with the lashings of luxery from a way of life and living that possibly has gone forever. Formidable aunts and uncles, personal allowances all paid to allow for a top notch way of living, butlers, valet, gentlemens clubs it has the lot. A way of life I'd have loved to be part of actually. I really miss the manners of a gentleman and the ways of a lady.

Jonathan Cecil has just the right upper class accent to read these gems. He's not so hot on the American accents but for English he's simply topping dont you know.

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Silly

Defiantly at times it is amusing and well read, but slightly pompous and seeming irrelevant.

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Great as always! 😊 👏 💞

Breathing though it! Can't stop laughing! Language of the book and precise intonation and fantastic visual reading of Jonathan Cecil create the experience you want to repeat again and again! Delighted! 😊

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Fabulous

I have always fought shy of Jeeves and Wooster but a friend suggested I try. Jonathan Cecil did a perfect job in complementing Wodehouse's perfect words. Wooster is fabulous but Jeeves even more so.

Of course, the situations in each chapter range from the ludicrous to the unfortunate but so much the better for that.

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Brilliant!

Such an excellent reading of these stories. The voice of Wooster is pitch perfect. And the humour is just delightful.

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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.