Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: Originally 1934, this edition 2006
Length: 6 hours, 56 minutes
Read by: Jonathan Cecil
From the Norton paperback edition:
“To dive into a Wodehouse novel is to swim in some of the most elegantly turned phrases in the English language.”—Ben Schott
Follow the adventures of Bertie Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves, in this stunning new edition of one of the greatest comic novels in the English language. Bertie must deal with the Market Snodsbury Grammar School prize giving, the broken engagement of his cousin Angela, the wooing of Madeline Bassett by Gussie Fink-Nottle, and the resignation of Anatole, the genius chef. Will he prevail? Only with the aid of Jeeves!
I was in the mood for something light and entertaining so I checked my audiobook files for the next Jeeves and Wooster book by P.G. Wodehouse.
This one was just what I needed. Bertie Wooster is a crackup. He’s so overly confident of his ability to help people and so ridiculously inept at it. This time around he’s determined that the ever capable Jeeves is off his game and that Bertie himself must handle things.
Of course, chaos ensues.
Books by Wodehouse are rarely laugh out loud funny but they are almost always grin and giggle a bit humor. Even the novels are rather episodic so they lend themselves to my driving around audiobook listening habits.
I did laugh out loud at the point where Bertie’s Aunt Dahlia sums up pretty accurately the progress of Bertie’s machinations to this point in the book.
“Attila,” she said at length. “That’s the name. Attila, the Hun.”
” I was trying to think who you reminded me of. Somebody who went about strewing ruin and desolation and breaking up homes which, until he came along, had been happy and peaceful. Attila is the man. It’s amazing.” she said, drinking me in once more. “To look at you, one would think you were just an ordinary sort of amiable idiot — certifiable, perhaps, but quite harmless. Yet, in reality, you are worse a scourge than the Black Death.”
Once I listened to one of this series narrated by Jonathan Cecil I could never go back to reading the print editions. He is a delight to listen to and does a wonderful job of portraying the characters.
Wodehouse is wonderful. Jonathan Cecil narrating Wodehouse is absolutely delightful.
3.5/5 for the book
4.5/5 for the narration