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Summary

My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is coolheaded and poised. 

This audiobook, the first collection of Jeeves and Wooster stories, includes "Absent Treatment", "Helping Freddie", "Rallying Round Old George", "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good", "Fixing It for Freddie", and "Bertie Changes His Mind".

Public Domain (P)2010 AudioGO

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My Man Jeeves

Brilliantly funny. Listen to this when lying in bed and was actually laughing out loud, much to my husbands amusement lol! Very very funny love them.

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Witty and highly entertaining

These stories really took my mind of things, with their wit and inventiveness. The narrator matcht the stories very well. The only thing I didn’t like was that the title suggested these were all Jeeves and Wooster stories, and I think only half of them really was. Did make it a good introduction to PG Wodehouse though.

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Boring

The narrator is awful and sounds at 30 years too old. Martin Jarvis and Ian Carmichael have spoiled me for any other narrator. I fell asleep during this version.

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Great performance not all Jeeves

Great performance convincing and entertaining but not ask the stories are Jeeves there's some R.Pepper series which are just as entertaining and fun but lack the zip of a Jeeves story.

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  • Barak Llewellyn
  • 03-07-20

Wodehouse + Cecil = comic perfection

I’ve listened to several readers of Wodehouse but Jonathan Cecil is easily my favorite. If the cover art said “Read by the Author,” I wouldn’t doubt it for a second. Cecil delivers the character, tone and timing so perfectly, I would think he wrote these stories himself based on personal experience. My Man Jeeves contains some of the earliest Jeeves stories. Later novels may have more funny lines per page, but these stories are still highly quotable. Examples:

“She fitted into my biggest arm-chair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the hips that season.”

“And so the merry party began. It was one of those jolly, happy, bread-crumbling parties where you cough twice before you speak, and then decide not to say it after all.”


“What ho!” I said.
“What ho!” said Motty.
“What ho! What ho!”
“What ho! What ho! What ho!”
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.

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  • John
  • 21-12-20

For Addicts Only

Hi, everyone. My name is John, and I’m a Wodehouse addict. My suppliers ran out of the “pure” stuff—books written after Wodehouse hit his comic stride—and I’m surviving on earlier, journeyman work: The Man Upstairs, The Man with Two Left Feet, and My Man Jeeves.

Only an addict could care if four of these stories feature the first avatar of Bertie and Jeeves: Reggie Pepper and his man, Voules. Or that two of them will be rewritten later, with Bertie and Jeeves at the helm. The other two Pepper stories are the runts of this litter: loose-jointed tales, with flashes of PGW’s wit yet lacking his trademark snap and ginger. Nevertheless, for the hopelessly addicted, points of interest abound ("Voules" is later used as the name of the Blandings Castle chauffeur; in the latter rewrite of "Helping Freddie", Jeeves provides a much more satisfying segue to the solution of Bertie's quandary).

But if you’re just getting into Wodehouse, you’ll find better versions of the four Jeeves and Wooster stories (along with those two rewritten Pepper yarns) in the much more enjoyable collection, Carry On, Jeeves. As always, Jonathan Cecil brings everything he has to the mic, which means that, whether the story is a winner or not, the performance is perfect.

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  • Chris T
  • 02-06-19

Burtie and Reggie and Jeeves.

This is a collection of short stories not only from Jeeves and Wooster but also another series with Reggie P. They were all enjoyable and the narrator continues to impress with his various voices.

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  • Grandma Tadpole
  • 10-07-20

Excellent!

I absolutely loved this book. So funny, so well written and performed. I want to listen to them all!

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  • Lenore W.
  • 30-01-20

very entertaining

takes me out of my world and into a very foreign one with some silliness!

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  • Nicci DH
  • 08-11-21

Great narrator!

Very funny, especially the Bertie stories. And Jonathan Cecil narrates excellently. I will definitely listen to more of this series when I need a lighthearted book with lots of levity!

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  • R. Sheppard
  • 21-10-21

Fantastic!!

I loved it so much! The narrator is a treat to listen to. I want to listen to more Jeeves stories!!

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  • Dr. Liz
  • 23-09-21

A pure delight!

Bertie Wooster and the ever resourceful Jeeves-what could be better? Bucks you up, don’t you know!

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  • PD
  • 26-07-21

Very funny!

I liked the humor of the author. The narrator brought the characters to life. A must listen for a good chuckle.

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  • Iowa Expat
  • 24-06-21

Very fun

I greatly enjoyed the ridiculously absurd characters and situations. It was a wonderful listen. On to book two for the series!