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The Code of the Woosters (CSA Word Comedy Classics) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

P. G. Wodehouse , Martin Jarvis
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14 Nov 2011 CSA Word Comedy Classics
Only Jeeves can save the day when Bertie Wooster lands in this much of a chaotic muddle: Bertie is headed for Totleigh Towers to patch up a rupture in the engagement between his friend Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Bassett, when Aunt Dahlia instructs him to visit an antique shop and drive down the price of some silverware. When the desirable piece turns out to have been bought already by Madeline's father, Sir Watkyn, Aunt Dahlia's demands on Bertie skyrocket - he must steal the cow-creamer. Added to this fuss, Bertie finds himself entangled with the troublesome ward of Sir Watkyn's, Miss Stiffy Byng, who wants help marrying Bertie's friend Pinker. Meanwhile Gussie needs a hand recovering the notebook in which he has detailed his future father-in-law's every failing. Bertie can't say no; it's the Woosters' code: 'Never let a pal down'.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: CSA WORD; Abridged edition edition (14 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190614785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906147853
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of almost a hundred books and the creator of Jeeves, Blandings Castle, Psmith, Ukridge, Uncle Fred and Mr Mulliner, P.G. Wodehouse was born in 1881 and educated at Dulwich College. After two years with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank he became a full-time writer, contributing to a variety of periodicals including Punch and the Globe. He married in 1914. As well as his novels and short stories, he wrote lyrics for musical comedies with Guy Bolton and Jerome Kern, and at one stage had five musicals running simultaneously on Broadway. His time in Hollywood also provided much source material for fiction. At the age of 93, in the New Year's Honours List of 1975, he received a long-overdue knighthood, only to die on St Valentine's Day some 45 days later.

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* Wodehouse brightens up the dullest day and lightens the heaviest heart. So give yourself a tonic by listening to this comedy classic * Martin Jarvis brings the madcap world of Bertie Wooster and his brilliant valet Jeeves to life with canny comedic timing Publishers Weekly

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A classic Jeeves and Wooster novel from P.G. Wodehouse, the great comic writer of the 20th century. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition

Going by the new eBook version now available for download, they've fixed all the old problems there were with this and many of the Wodehouse books. This is great cause for celebration, so I withdraw my negative comments. I've left them below for the record, but while I haven't checked this book throughout for typos etc. the formatting really does seem to be 100% massively improved and entirely readable at last. Great news!


I started writing this review with the express purpose of publicly complaining at the poor job done of converting Wodehouse's books to eBooks, and wanted to give this particular product 1/5 to emphasise the point, but it feels like a sin to put anything other than 5 stars next to this - perhaps Wodehouse's very best book.

On Kindle it is useless, unfortunately, along with all of Wodehouse's books. I'm not sure where the publisher got the text files, probably scans of the original. But whilst the books have been attractively set in Arrow's new paperbacks, in eBook form all of Wodehouse's books suffer from having paragraph breaks as well as indentations, and also boast tacky HTML straight inverted commas. Lazy, lazy, lazy. Ten minutes of find+replace in Word and they could have fixed this. It makes it hard to read (you can never get into the flow, having to jump rather than flow from paragraph to paragraph) and looks cheap and nasty. You also have to turn pages probably 30% more than you should, thanks to the pointless spacing.

Pricing, of course, is also less than ideal - but for that I blame the government's 20% VAT on all eBooks (whereas books suffer 0%).

Wodehouse deserves better.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Never Let a Pal Down" 19 Aug 2004
All of the P.G. Wodehouse novels about Bertram ("Bertie") Wooster and his gentleman's gentleman, Jeeves, are funny. Some are reasonably complicated in their plots. But none compare to this classic in the series.
From the beginning, Bertie is up against impossible odds. Sent by his Aunt Dahlia to sneer at a Cow Creamer, Bertie dangerously bumps into Sir Watkyn Bassett, the magistrate who once fined him five guineas for copping a policeman's helmet on Boat Race night, and Roderick Spode, Britain's aspiring fascist dictator. The only trouble in this encounter is that Bertie is clutching the Cow Creamer on the sidewalk after having tripped on a cat and falling through the front door, and Sir Watkyn recognizes him as a former criminal. Barely escaping arrest on the spot, Bertie returns home to find that Aunt Dahlia wants him to debark immediately for Totley Towers where Sir Watkyn has just taken the Cow Creamer he has purchased after pulling a ruse on Uncle Tom. When there, Bertie is to steal the Cow Creamer. At the same time, he receives urgent telegrams from his old pal, Gussie Fink-Nottle, to come to Totley Towers to save his engagement to Madeleine Bassett. Bertie feels like he is being sent into the jaws of death.
Jeeves immediately fetches up a plot to get Madeleine Bassett, to whom he has been affianced twice, to invite Bertie to her father's home. Upon arriving, Sir Watkyn and Roderick Spode immediately catch him holding the Cow Creamer. Sir Watkyn threatens years in jail, until Madeleine comes in to rescue him. But Sir Watkyn proceeds to assume that everything that goes wrong from then is due to Bertie. For once, Bertie is the innocent party. But he takes the rap anyway, because of the code of the Woosters, never let a pal down.
Never has anyone had a goofier set of pals.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Here it is: 'the sinister affair of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeleine Bassett, old Pop Bassett, Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H.P. ('Stinker') Pinker, the eighteenth-century cow-creamer and the small, brown, leather-covered notebook'. A terrific introduction to the world of Bertie and Jeeves for novices, and one of the finest examples of Wodehouse's genius for those already familiar with his work. Presented here in the brilliant new Everyman edition (that will eventually encompass everything Wodehouse wrote) the book is well put-together, and definitely deserves pride of place in your home library.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising treat 14 Mar 2011
To my shame, I had ignored P G Wodehouse, regarding it as dated nonsense. The blinkers were lifted from my eyes by a quote in an unrelated book and so I decided to give it a try. Within just a few pages I realised what I was missing, Wodehouse has a great turn of phrase and most unusually, the book has (for me anyway) about twenty "laugh out loud" moments. It is very much of its time, but like some classic comedy, it doesn't seem to have dated any. I have become a convert and if you give it a go, you might also become a fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the ingredients 30 May 2008
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
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The story is close to the definitive Jeeves & Wooster: true love not running smoothly, the threat of unwanted matrimony hanging over Bertie, Aunts, Anatole the chef, Jeeves utilising psychology to extricate his master, cow creamers, leather bound notebooks and policemen's helmets and , unforgettably, the ludicrous black 'footer bags' of Roderick Spode, necessary because by the time he formed his fascist party 'all the shirts had gone'.

Horden and Briers are excellent as usual and Patrick Cargill provides strong support as Sir Watkin Bassett.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, cleverly plotted
The world Wodehouse creates is complete. His use of irony, litotes and particularly bathos had me laughing out loud on occasion. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Paul J
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condition. very pleased
Ideal present for my grandson. Perfect condition. very pleased.
Published 6 days ago by c manners
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest Jeeves & Wooster books
This was the first Jeeves & Wooster books I read many years ago - on re-reading it, I found it just as funny as the first time.
Published 1 month ago by Rev Ewer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not my kind of book. Found it boring
Published 1 month ago by paulette
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Wodehouse
This has it all, the elaborate and perfect plot, the familiar Wooster family, the brilliant Jeeves, the vivid minor characters, the unexpected linguistic hand grenades and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Platinum195
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful story.
I really enjoyed listening to these tapes. I find audio tapes or cd's are an excellent alternative in the evenings to TV, especially if the programme is sports!
Published 2 months ago by Revd Frances Ruth Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jeeves and Wooster of the first water
It doesn't get better than Jeeves and Wooster, and this is the best I've read so far. Just a sheer delight of beautiful, hilarious writing.
Published 2 months ago by D. J. Herbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and clever
Having never read any Wodehouse before, it was an exciting change to read some now. The story was simple and funny, with some clear references to the time in which it was written... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer entertainment
This stands alongside Right Ho, Jeeves as Wodehouse at his best, with Bertie Wooster finding himself up against it as never before while Jeeves rallies round to save 'the young... Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Brydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Not literature that attempt to relate some deep ethical question, call attention to a cause or philosophise. It is simply a book to make you laugh, not without a plot though. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael
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