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Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (BBC Audio) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

P. G. Wodehouse , Jonathan Cecil
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8 April 2010 BBC Audio
P. G. Wodehouse's complete Jeeves and Wooster novel read by Jonathan Cecil. Bertie Wooster looks pretty stylish in his new Tyrolean hat - or so he thinks. Others, notably Jeeves, disagree. But when Bertie embarks on an errand of mercy to Totleigh Towers, things get quickly out of control and he's going to need all the help Jeeves can provide. There are good eggs present, such as Gussie Fink-Nottle and the Rev. 'Stinker' Pinker. But there also is Sir Watkyn Bassett JP, enemy of all the Woosters hold dear, to say nothing of his daughter Madeline and Roderick Spode, now raised to the peerage. And Major Brabazon Plank, the peppery explorer, who wants to lay Bertie out cold. Thank goodness for the intervention of Chief Inspector Witherspoon of Scotland Yard. But is this gentleman all he seems...? Jonathan Cecil (picture above) has toured in "The Incomparable Max", "Twelfth Night" and "An Ideal Husband", while among his considerable TV and film appearances are "The Rector's Wife", "The Worst Week of My Life", "Midsomer Murders" and "Victoria & Albert".

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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (8 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427736
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,808 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wodehouse giving classic Wooster 20 Jan 2004
"Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves" is an example of Wodehouse at his best - to paraphrase Evelyn Waugh, cramming three original similes onto every page. The book continues the saga of the Wooster / Bassett / Fink-Nottle "love triangle", and Wodehouse as ever handles the problem of filling in new readers with aplomb (though it is undoubtedly better to have read the preceding volumes - after all, why wouldn't you want to read the preceding volumes?). Bertie is once again at Totleigh Towers where "only man is vile", desperately trying to avoid imprisonment, dismemberment at the hands of Spode (now under the alias of Lord Sidcup) while failing spectacularly to act as raisonneur to the Madeleine / Gussie relationship -which now appears to be floundering on the insurmountable obstacle of vegetarianism. Bertie gets some good one-liners, and the dialogue is excellent as always. Though writen post-war, after what many consider the Wodehouse golden-age of the 1930s, this remains an example of Wodehouse at his best.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
It is astonishing to me that someone so attached to bachelorhood as Bertie has been engaged to every female under the age of fifty in Britain and in any dealings with women this is where his worst nightmares lie! Women see him as a reliable stand in when their preferred relationships breakdown. Madeline is the worst of the lot. She is so romantic that she makes you want to vomit and you share Bertie's distress at the impending nuptials and how to avoid them in this wonderfully funny book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Witty, Perfect for a long drive 12 April 2002
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I came late to Jeeves and Bertie but when I did I loved it. I am a big fan of good audiobooks but not normally of adaptations. But this BBC Radio production is terrific. Michael Horden is suitably aloof and commanding, conveying entire paragrpahs in a single "Sir". Richard Briers is simply wonderful as Bertie and the whole thing is a wonderful way to pass a long car journey or even a long commute. Highly reccommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Code of the Feudal Spirit. 24 May 2008
`Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves' carries on the saga starting with `Right Ho, Jeeves' and continuing through `The Code of the Woosters', `The Mating Season' and `Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit'. The same cast of characters are reassembled at TotleighTowers the ancestral home of Sir Watkyn Bassett father of Madeline Basset whom is yet again estranged to her fiancé Gussie Fink-Nottle. Once the engagement is under the cosh, Bertie and Jeeves are summand to restore the larch to the thorn and God to the heavens. Matters are not helped by the further complication of the engagement of Madeline's cousin `Stiffy' Byng to the local Curate `Stinker' Pinker and that they require Sir Watkyn to give Stinker the Vicarage that is in his gift in order for the banns to be read. Also present is Wodehouse's most unfortunate Character, one Roderick Spode recently ascended to the title Lord Sidcup.

Gussie on being pushed to far by having to become vegetarian to curry favour with Madeline elopes with the cook and Jeeves must find away to prevent Madeline from marrying Bertie as the old standby whilst setting up Stinker up with a vicarage. He eventually brings about a fantastic conclusion with the un-witted assistance of Major Plank whom had previously conspired with Uncle Fred in `Uncle Dynamite'.

And so Wodehouse, again, leaves us in the best of all possible worlds with God in his heaven.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 23 Oct 2010
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This is a complete and unabridged recording of Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse. It runs to 6 CDs and 7 hours of entertainment, very ably read by Jonathan Cecil.

I found that Jonathan managed to inject just the right level of humour and energy to his narration for my taste, managing to keep my attention throughout. I really enjoyed listening from start to finish and felt surprise each time I discovered I had reached the end of another CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious story, wonderfully read. 11 Aug 2010
By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
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If you've read any Wodehouse before, you'll already know what to expect, story-wise.

If you haven't, this would be the perfect introduction.

Here we have all the typical Bertie Wooster elements - eccentric friends, despotic aunts, crazy plots and (of course) Jeeves.

In this audiobook version, the reader is Jonathan Cecil, and he does a wonderful job at bringing a wide cast of characters to life. He has such a distinctive intonation for each person in the story that we were never in any doubt about who was actually speaking.

The story itself is just plain hilarious. We listened to the disks during long car journeys, but I'm not sure I should recommend this. At one point on a very busy roundabout, the story set us all laughing so uncontrollably that we're probably lucky that we didn't come to grief!

Definitely five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Wodehouse, as usual! 12 Oct 2007
There is no point repeating what others have said before me. Sometimes I wonder who is the better author: Dickens or Wodehouse. It's not comparing like with like, I know, but to elevate someone to the high podium so often allocated to Dickens, well, that is something.

Dickens edges through thanks to the extent of his grasp of vocabulary. Wodehouse runs away with it on the fluidity of the diction used, if I may put it like that. There is simply no better literary work that can help one improve the quality of one's English so entertainingly as Wodehouse's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a cracking read
Once again this is a chance to flee the shackles of TV, DVD, play stations etc. Jeeves and Wooster whisk you off to a land so far removed from everyday life that when you put the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly captures Wodehouse humour
Superb acting, using a witty script. It's the usual convoluted Wodehouse plot, but that doesn't detract
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Published 11 months ago by staffsdriver
5.0 out of 5 stars again, top notch wodehouse entertainment
i love having these stories to hand on tape for when i cant sleep, they are so funny and entertaining,the language so perfect and inimitable, it almost makes being an insomniac... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars by jove it is Jeeves
I love Jeeves and once again he gets Bertie out of a few sticky wickets. Wodehouse was a master of his craft and once again te has written an master piece. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ascu75
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Buy it now, and enjoy. So funny :) arrived before it was due to. My dad absolutely loved it for Christmas
Published 18 months ago by MissStarAjax
5.0 out of 5 stars "... we know what's going to happen if this particular lute goes...
This is another of the wonderful Jeeves and Wooster stories by P G Wodehouse. In this story, Bertie is horrified to find that Gussie Fink-Nottle is fed up with his bride-to-be... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A Listening Pleasure.
For fans of the author P.G. Woodhouse this audio book is a pleasure to listen to.
The reader, Jonathan Cecil, captures the characters well.
Published 24 months ago by Val
4.0 out of 5 stars Let down by Kindle...
Wonderful story full of the twists and turns and humour that one expects from a Wodehouse novel, however, I cannot give it the five stars it deserves as it is let down by several... Read more
Published on 3 May 2012 by Sarees
4.0 out of 5 stars Bertie at his best
There are several themes which run all the way through the Jeeves and Wooster series. Wodehouse plays with two of the most fun here with his usual style and panache. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Alexis Paladin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing and a fun read
I loved this book and recommended it to my friends. It's the first Jeeves book i read and i went on to buy them all after reading this. Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2011 by Mark
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