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“I have the honour to offer up to you, thanks to the good people of Audible, a selection of some of my very favourite Wodehouse. If these stories are new to you I hope it will be the beginning of a lifelong pleasure, if some or all are familiar I hope you will welcome them like old friends.” (Stephen Fry)

Audible Studios presents this brand new performance by Stephen Fry of some of his favourite Jeeves stories from P.G. Wodehouse, with an exclusive introduction. 

The Jeeves Collection contains:

The Inimitable Jeeves

A classic collection of 11 stories featuring some of the funniest episodes in the life of Bertie Wooster, gentleman, and Jeeves, his gentleman's gentleman - in which Bertie's terrifying Aunt Agatha appears, seeking whom she may devour, while Bertie's friend Bingo Little falls in love with seven different girls in succession (including the best-selling romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks). And Bertie, with Jeeves's help, hopes to evade the clutches of the terrifying Honoria Glossop. 

Carry On Jeeves

10 more marvellous stories introduce us to Jeeves, whose first ever duty is to cure Bertie's raging hangover ('If you would drink this, sir...it is a little preparation of my own invention. It is the Worcester Sauce that gives it its colour. The raw egg makes it nutritious. The red pepper gives it its bite. Gentlemen have told me they have found it extremely invigorating after a late evening.')

Right-Ho Jeeves

The second full-length novel featuring Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, after Thank You, Jeeves. The story is mostly set at Brinkley Court, the home of Bertie's Aunt Dahlia, and introduces the recurring characters Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Bassett. Bertie's friend Tuppy Glossop and cousin Angela Travers also feature in the novel, as does Brinkley Court's prized chef, Anatole.

The Code of the Woosters

The third full-length novel to feature Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves. It introduces Sir Watkyn Bassett, the owner of a country house called Totleigh Towers, where the story takes place, and his intimidating friend Roderick Spode. It is also a sequel to Right Ho, Jeeves, continuing the story of Bertie's newt-fancying friend Gussie Fink-Nottle and Gussie's droopy and overly sentimental fiancée, Madeline Bassett. 

Joy in the Morning

Bertie is persuaded to brave the home of his fearsome Aunt Agatha and her husband Lord Worplesdon, knowing that his former fiancée, the beautiful and formidably intellectual Lady Florence Craye will also be in attendance. 

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is an English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all-round national treasure. Whilst at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator and friend Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. Fry’s acting roles include Blackadder, Kingdom, Bones, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Hobbit trilogy. He has written and presented several documentary series and as a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world is part of his 30-year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community. Fry has written four novels: The Liar, The Hippopotamus (made in to a feature film in 2018), Making History and The Stars’ Tennis Balls. Translated into many languages, they have never been out of print. The most recently published works are Mythos, Heroes and Troy, a trilogy retelling the Greeks myths from the Creation to the aftermath of the Trojan War.

©2014 P.G. Wodehouse (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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  • 19-12-20

Wrong voice...

Well now. I’m running the risk of being pilloried here, but if the books were narrated by Jeeves, Fry would be perfect. However, Wooster Is a young, fast talking ‘nice but dim’ narrator. Sorry folks, but a rare miscasting for the great man. Maybe it will grow on me, but I would recommend Jonathan Cecil, who is perfect in his readings. The books are, of course, brilliantly funny.

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Wonderful, but

Wonderful reading by Mr Fry of these eternal classics. However, Audible, why not provide more details on chapter and book titles!!! 96 bald chapter numbers doesn’t help when losing one’s place!

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Amazing!

Only just started listening, but loving it already. It is as good as you imagine. If you love Fry in Jeeves and Wooster you will love this!

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Slightly disappointing.

I was a big fan of Stephen Fry's reading of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and love Wodehouse so this seemed like a natural "must-buy". Sadly it's not a patch on that audiobook for several reasons. The first is that there are already some excellent Jeeves versions on Audible, none better than those narrated by Jonathan Cecil. While Fry is amazing, the older versions are pretty unassailable in their conveyance of the wit of Wodehouse. Another gripe is the poor structuring of the audiobook. There are no titles, and there are so many stories it's hard to track down one's favourties. Also, they omit to inlcude Carry on Jeeves for some reason. I know Fry loves Wodehouse, indeed, I came to Audible following a talk he gave on him some years ago, but this is disappointing.

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The stars have aligned!

P G Wodehouse, Jeeves and Wooster, Stephen Fry. What else do you need to know? Perfect.

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Almost

Some other review said the same, but it's worth mentioning again. Fry is a tremendous narrator. He's a superb Jeeves. He's not quite a Bertie Wooster. Hugh Laurie is a superb Wooster. Quickly spoken with a very melodic way of emphasising the right words spoken by Wooster. It's only an example because I love Stephen Fry and this book is worth every penny. That said there's versions on Audible by Jonathan Cecil that deliver Wooster more like I hear him in my head when reading the books myself. It's a niggle for me because I've read some of the books. If you haven't, this book here is still brilliant. It's read by a man that loves what he's reading and what he's doing. Its 40+ hours of Wodehouse read by Fry!! That's never bad, let's face it.

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Lovingly performers with such aplomb

Astounding writing. Done wonderful credit by Mr Fry. Shame about the choppy editing. Sentences lost.

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Bliss

Volume 1?! SAY THERE WILL BE MORE! And once Mr Fry has done all the Jeeves stories, say he will start on the Blandings series! After a dreadful year for many, treat yourself to this pure escapism.

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Christmas present to myself

It's the first time I'm ever reviewing an audiobook before having listened to it in its entirety. I've been a P.G. Wodehouse fan and a Jeeves and Wooster addict for quite some time now. I've read, listened and re-listened to the canon with great pleasure over the years. But what do I see popping up in my recommendations this fine Christmas morning? P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories narrated by Stephen Fry!? What, who, how... It doesn't make any sense, how could I have overlooked it all this time? It was just released on the 17th of December 2020, that's how. Joy really does cometh in the morning, the morning of Friday the 25th of December 2020 to be exact.

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So you know Wodehouse was a NAZI, right?

TL:DR version: From an Independent article when his MI5 file was declassified "the documents dispel the widely held notion of Wodehouse as vain but harmless. His MI5 file reveals a more sinister character, with extreme right-wing views and even Nazi sympathies, who had also secretly worked for a Berlin film company that produced propaganda." OK, first off I like Stephen Fry, he's a great actor and storyteller, and his complete Holmes is wonderful. This is sub par at best. His introduction is one one of the most embarrassingly performative simpering middle class bits of nonsense I've ever heard. Next, the "Stories" I'll just give my Goodreads reviews: 1 The Imitable Jeeves. Boring - what's the word Jeeves? The Plebs eat it, ghastly stuff, begins with a T? Ah yes - tripe. Boring Tripe. 2 stars (I was feeling generous) 2 Carry On, Jeeves Two stars as one line did make me chuckle. Still can't see why people like these books - it's literally the same story over and over again ad nauseam. Also, the consequence free kidnapping (& then later removing the clothes of) a small child - who is constantly disparaged & insulted - to try & trick a woman into falling in love with their "rescuer", really doesn't play well today (& I would hope would have raised a few eyebrows even back then). Also, surprisingly casually racist for a book series so many Posh Liberals are apparently enraptured by. 3 Right Ho, Jeeves People think these are funny? 4 The Code of the Wosters (1 star Goodreads as I couldn't give it 0) Amazing! An actual plot!! A couple of amusing characters! A satirical portrait of Oswald Mosley! Shame he went on to work for (and, as has recently been revealed, be PAYED BY) the NAZIS! But, of course, he had "no understanding of contemporary politics" and it was "just a silly public schoolboy mistake" and his friends who considered him "a good egg" made sure he wasn't prosecuted, was able to move to America, and even eventually get a knighthood, so that's all fine then apparently. Except... To quote the Independent article from when his MI5 file was declassified a decade ago "the documents dispel the widely held notion of Wodehouse as vain but harmless. His MI5 file reveals a more sinister character, with extreme right-wing views and even Nazi sympathies, who had also secretly worked for a Berlin film company that produced propaganda." Despite his claims he lived of savings from the sales of his books in Germany, he was payed £150 a month by the Nazi government, lived in luxury accommodation in Berlin and occupied Paris, help the German Propaganda department, and lied about his actions to the Allied authorities after the Liberation of Paris, and despite his friends in high places would have definitely been tried for treason if he returned to Britain. (And probably hung.) He "considered" himself an American - and wanted to keep them out of the war - despite not being a US citizen at the time, he said he would have happily lived under German rule for the rest of his life (if they won the war), and was only living in France when war broke out because he didn't want to pay UK tax. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. So I think I m not going to bother with anymore of his claptrap. (By the way, all this information is easily accessible and has been well reported over the last 10 years - just oddly not on his Wikipedia page, which seems to be moderated by people who are a hair's breadth away from going "pip pip tally ho!" in the explanation of every edit.) 5 Who knows, I didn't bother. Very disappointed that this audiobook was even made to be honest.

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  • 08-01-21

Please have Hugh Laurie narrate vol. 2!

I am enjoying this book a great deal, and actually not at all minding that Fry is automatically linked with Jeeve's role. Even as Wooster, he's great. I would like it, however, if Hugh Laurie, AKA Wooster, would read vol. 2 of this project, to make it a set!