The Inimitable Jeeves [Audiobook Review]

The Inimitable JeevesTitle:The Inimitable Jeeves
Author: PG Wodehouse
Narrator: Jonathon Cecil
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1572705426
Pages: 272
Audio: 6.2 hours
Year: Originally published in 1923
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
Source: Personal Collection
Rating: 4.5/5

My Thoughts:

The Inimitable Jeeves is a short-story collection but the stories are somewhat connected so it reads more like a novel than some of other Jeeves collections. Most of the stories involve Bertie’s pal Bingo Little who just can’t help falling in love with every girl he meets. Many hijinks and much hilarity ensues.

I never get sick of Jeeves. As mentioned in my other reviews, no matter how similar the plot structure is (Bertie and/or friend get into trouble, Bertie makes it worse, Jeeves comes to the rescue), I always find them entertaining.

And, once again, I recommend these stories on audio. They are so much more entertaining when listened to.

If you have yet to meet Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves, you are truly missing out on something special. Go to your library. Now.

[Note: I am skipping the “Others’ Thoughts” and “Buy It Now” sections for audiobook week only. They will return soon.]

 

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My Man Jeeves [Book Review]

Title: My Man Jeeves
Author: PG Wodehouse
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Short Story Collection
ISBN: 1453875069
Pages: 123
Year: 1919
Publisher: Seven Treasures Publications
Source: Personal Collection
Rating: 4.5/5

Summary/My Thoughts (all in one!):

My Man Jeeves is a collection of 8 short stories. In four of them, we are once again with our good friend Bertie and, you guessed it, his man Jeeves. Bertie has been banished to New York City by his Aunt Agatha and is living the good life in America. But his knack for getting mixed-up in the problems of others follows him across the pond.

The other four stories involve Reggie Pepper who I understand is an early prototype of Bertie Wooster. Reggie is just as good at getting caught up in his friends’ drama as Bertie but we are missing the Jeeves element from these stories. I enjoyed these stories but I’m glad Wodehouse got on with it and created Bertie and Jeeves for us.

There isn’t much to say about this collection that hasn’t been said about any of the Jeeves’ books. They are delightful. They are hilarious. They should be read and enjoyed by all. That is all.

Buy It Now: IndieBound; Powell’s; Amazon; Book Depository

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Title: Right Ho, Jeeves
Author: P.G. Wodehouse (read by Nicolas Coster)
Genre: Perfection (thanks to Maria for helping me find the correct genre)
ISBN: 1597771917 (Audio)
Pages: 8 CDs, 9 hours (print version is 240 pages)
Year: 1934 (recorded in 2008)
Publisher: Orignal – Herbert Jenkins/Audio – Pheonix Audio
Source: My collection – Christmas gift from Ben
Rating: 5/5

Plot summary (from The Book Depository):

Gussie Fink-Nottle’s knowledge of the common newt is unparalleled. Drop him in a pond of newts and his behaviour will be exemplary, but introduce him to a girl and watch him turn pink, yammer, and suddenly stampede for great open spaces. Even with Madeline Bassett, who feels that the stars are God’s daisy chain, his tongue is tied in reef-knots. And his chum Tuppy Glossop isn’t getting on much better with Madeline’s delectable friend Angela. With so many broken hearts lying about him, Bertie Wooster can’t sit idly by. The happiness of a pal – two pals, in fact – is at stake. But somehow Bertie’s best-laid plans land everyone in the soup, and so it’s just as well that Jeeves is ever at hand to apply his bulging brains to the problems of young love.

Other Books I’ve Read By Author: The Code of the Woosters

Why I Picked Up This Book: It was an audio and I had a long drive home after Christmas. Plus Bertie and Jeeves are hilarious.

My thoughts:

Reading Wodehouse is absolutely fabulous. Listening to Wodehouse is simply wonderful.  Nicolas Coster did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.  And of course, the messes Bertie manages to get himself into and the lengths Jeeves goes to to get him out of them are more than entertaining.  I know a lot of you are already Wodehouse fans, but if you aren’t, I challenge you to read one of his books and not like it.

It’s hard to review this book because you really have to experience the madness to appreciate it.

So I’m going to leave you with things this book made me want to do:

  • Go back in time or be rich enough to summer somewhere.
  • Have a butler who solves all my problems.
  • Try Anatole’s food.
  • Refer to all alcohol-infused nights as taking place in a “post-orange juice era.”
  • Be British.

I’m also glad that this was my first book of 2010.*  I think it starts my year off perfectly.

Will I Read This Author Again?: Of course!

*I know that audio books should count as books read, but I still feel like I needed an asterisk next to the claim that it was my first book of 2010.  With time, I’ll get past this.  I promise.

Teaser Tuesdays

“Well, well, well, Jeeves.”

“Yes, sir.”

“This is splendid news.”

“Yes, sir.”

“You see now how right I was.”

“Yes, sir.”

“It must have been rather an eye-opener for you, watching me handle this case.”

“Yes, sir.”

“The simple, direct method never fails.”

“No, sir.”

“Whereas the elaborate does.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Right ho, Jeeves.”

– Page 17 of  Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse –

[I basically cheat every week and use more than 2 sentences.]

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!