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Summary

We find ourselves in the austerity of the 1950s, when England's aristocracy was feeling the pinch. Bertie Wooster has gone to a residential self-help school to learn how to darn his socks. Until he re-emerges, Jeeves has signed up with Bill Rowcester (pronounced Roaster), an earl who is failing to make ends meet in trade, and yearning to sell his stately home, which has charm and damp in equal measure.

In his new environment Jeeves is required to exert his mammoth brain to what would be breaking point for any normal intellect. Apart from the current economic crisis and his employer's complete ignorance of digging and delving, Jeeves has to duck and weave to preserve his temporary master from grievous injury at the hands of a) a very angry White Hunter, and b) a small but feisty fiancée.

If that wasn't enough, we also meet a rich American lady with addictions to a) psychic phenomena, and b) White Hunters, which have to be humoured by night as well as by day. Believe it or not, Jeeves flits across this minefield with all the grace and agility of an adagio dancer and makes it look easy, which is yet another indication of his truly Olympian stature.

©1956 P. G. Wodehouse (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Wodehouse brightens up the dullest day and lightens the heaviest heart. So give yourself a tonic by listening to this comedy classic" ( audiobooksreview.co.uk)
"Martin Jarvis brings the madcap world of Bertie Wooster and his brilliant valet Jeeves to life with canny comedic timing"( Publishers Weekly)
"The funniest writer ever to put words to paper" (Hugh Laurie)

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Martin Jarvis is spectacular in this!

Not only is this wonderful PGW, but Martin Jarvis reads it far better than anyone else! Accept no substitutes!!

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Pricey but excellent

Martin Jarvis has done it again! Gloriously read. PG Woodhouse's comic prose have been brought to life exquisitely. This is a sorry about Rooster not Wooster with Jeeves the forever cunning and humble.

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Martin Jarvis at his best!

Wodehouse stories are always barmy to use his word, but when they're read by Martin Jarvis they become sublime and a great listen. I think Wodehouse stories were made to be read out loud by a master and this is such a one. I think Jarvis could make the Yellow pages interesting! Do listen to this if you need taking out of yourself during this difficult time.

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Good fun but there are better Jeeves books than this

Brilliantly read by Martin Jarvis so worth the money. But this is late Wodehouse so he’s flagging. The man was a genius so some great writing but story pretty thin and made up in the hoof. Fans will enjoy it but there are many better (earlier) Jeeves books.

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P G woodhouse-Jeeves

A full six hours of pure joy. Marin Jarvis was Brilliant as always. My car has never been cleaner along with many other chores Carried out whilst listening with earphones. Would recommend this to anyone and everyone. Just downloading the second book. Can’t wait for more of the same. Fantastic service from audible wish I had done it years ago.

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  • Brieanna
  • 09-04-15

fantastic

I have been listening to Jeeves, read by the same author for 15 years. This was my first experience with a new author, and he did a absolutely superb job! Loved it!

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  • Sean Duffy
  • 22-08-17

England Destitute: Ring for Jeeves

Familiar story, tweaked a bit for the jaded post War reader, Jeeves way too chatty, and at times seems to doubt himself. Excellent performance by Martin Jarvis.

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  • Nakul Shenoy
  • 07-07-20

A Good Egg!

Martin Jarvis is pretty much the voice I hear nowadays even when I am reading a P G Wodehouse book. That's how perfect this is.

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  • Chad
  • 16-02-20

Another enjoyable Jeeves book.

Another enjoyable Jeeves book. It's not my number one favorite in the series, and I feel I enjoy the ones with Bertie Wooster more, but it's certainly not bad, and did have a few memorable bits, like "Do you speak Spanish well?" "I don't know, I've never tried."

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  • Glenda
  • 05-07-19

best Jeeves adventure

loved it. Vocabulary and theme as well done as all the others. excellent job. want more.

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