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Summary

A classic collection of 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 stalks the pages, seeking whom she may devour, while Bertie's friend Bingo Little falls in love with seven different girls in succession (including the bestselling romantic novelist Rosie M. Banks). And Bertie, with Jeeves's help, hopes to evade the clutches of the terrifying Honoria Glossop... At its heart is one of Wodehouse's most delicious stories, 'The Great Sermon Handicap.'
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"Jonathan Cecil impersonates Wooster with aplomb." ( AudioFile)

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As joyful as ever

Hard to go wrong with some vintage Bertie Wooster. I like to listen to these to cheer myself up. The plots of Bertie's various scrapes are very samey but that's beside the point - unapologetic silliness abounds. If you don't enjoy a bit of Bertie I suspect you may be a psychopath.

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  • Peter
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 09-04-13

Pure escapist joy

I would think most people know about Jeeves and Wooster, lots of TV programs and stuff. But go back and discover the actual texts. They are exuberant, witty and joyful. And Jonathan Cecil as narrator is an inspired choice. I have tried the Martin Jarvis reading of the same book, mainly, I suppose, because he's a more famous name but it wasn't a patch on this version. Jonathan Cecil captures the gormless, well-intentioned naivety of Bertie Wooster and the obsequious yet superior sang-froid of Jeeves perfectly. Okay, he struggles a little bit with consistent accents when Americans or country policemen come into the books, but who cares. For a few hours of delightful, escapist fantasy go for any of the Jeeves and Wooster books - especially those read by Jonnathan Cecil.

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Another Wodehouse triumph

It's actually a collection of short stories, but works very well as a book because of the running theme of Bingo Little's infatuations with unsuitable women, Bertie's infatuations with unsuitable clothing, and Jeeves, who sorts them both out in the manner we have come to expect. Jonathan Cecil reads beautifully too.

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Classic

This is a brilliantly funny book by P G Wodehouse. It's full of good, clean, fun. Jonathan Cecil does a great job of narrating it, with totally believable accents of 'upper class' people from the 1920s.

Listen to Bertie (with a bit of help from his valet Jeeves) helping Bingo Little with his many, varied, 'loves of his life' and dealing with his cousins, and getting into trouble with his aunt.

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Jonathan Cecil is masterful.

6 stars! Jonathan Cecil is masterful. Jonathan Cecil is masterful.
Shall i say it again? These are some of the best narrated audio books available.

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Great book well read

PG Wodehouse is beyond reproach but some audio books of his work are not well read. This one captures Wooster, Jeeves and all the other characters in just the way I like them. Sheer nectar.

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lamentable sound quality

Jonathan Cecil is an absolutely excellent narrator of Wodehouse, however, this recording does not serve him well.

It sounds rushed, and perhaps done some time ago. Too many pauses in the wrong place, swallows and breaths, or background noises lesson the pleasure of listening to Jeeves. I have enjoyed other Cecil reads of PGW on Audible, so this was disappointing.

It is still, of course, infinitely better than most other books.

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Usual fun from PG

only issue was the sound quality on this one - a little variable shall we say....

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Completely perfect! What?!

The narration absolutely brought this spiffing book to life. What a complete joy. Laughed myself simply silly in places. Recommended in the highest, and all that!

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Disappointing audio quality

Would you try another book written by P.G. Wodehouse or narrated by Jonathan Cecil?

Yes I would try, but hope to get better audio quality. This sounds alternately as though it has been recorded through a paper bag and then clear again. I kept having to turn the sound up and even then it was not clear. Next track was booming. Not the quality I expect for the money - it sounded like an old cassette that had been found at the bottom of a drawer!

What did you like best about this story?

Typical Wodehouse characters and story line. Jeeves triumphs again.

How could the performance have been better?

Better recording quality. Jonathan Cecil was fine, but badly let down by the engineers.

Do you think The Inimitable Jeeves needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There are plenty more in the series - please tell your computer to ask more relevant questions.

Any additional comments?

I'll risk another one, but if the quality is as bad I will be heading to the library for a CD.

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  • 04-06-18

Perfection

Perfect pairing of narrator to story and absolute gems of stories, mostly set around Bernie's friend Bingo and his many disastrous loves.

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  • lh
  • 21-04-17

i say jolly good egg

this narrator was much better than the one claimed to be the best on the other version

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  • Rupert Morrish
  • 14-11-10

A wonderful book, and a good performance

P. G. Wodehouse needs no defense from me. Cecil's narration is lively and engaging, and quite frankly the worst thing about it is that he consistently pronounces the "t" in "valet". That's a pretty minor quibble.