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Jeeves in the Offing Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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Written in 1960, Jeeves In The Offing finds PG Wodehouse's best-loved characters on as fine form as ever. With Jeeves on holiday, Bertie Wooster accepts an invitation to Brinkley Court, where he hopes to pass a few pleasant days. However, there is little time to relax when the visit turns out to involve Bertie's ex-headmaster, a former fiancée, an eccentric playboy, and a purloined cow-shaped creamer. Bertie struggles to master the situation, but soon enough he needs to call for the assistance of his butler.
The supremely competent Jeeves saves the day as usual, able to assess any situation in a moment and dispense the appropriate advice. He guides his employer safely through numerous trials, with a great deal of humour derived from the very triviality of the obstacles which must be overcome, as well as the comic ways in which the difficulties are resolved.
Simon Callow's reading captures the characters' nuances perfectly--the Butler's "Very good, sir" and "Indeed, sir" (for example) have just the right measure of professional respectfulness, studied disinterest, and a slightly superior air. As with the other cassettes in the Penguin series, Jeeves In The Offing provides a wonderful rendition of Wodehouse's expertly-crafted material. --John Oates --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Also on hand is Psychiatrist Roderick Glossop whom is no longer a spectre to Bertie but a co-conspirator posing as the butler, Swordfish, in order to bring about a discrete analysis of the son of Mrs Cream, noted crime novelist.
As ever with the Jeeves and Wooster books Bertie's prose steals the show with lines such as `I ignored the remark with a coldness which must have made itself felt' which are only ever bettered by the dialogue such as a greeting between Wooster and Aunt, `Turned up again, have you?' `Just this moment breasted the tape.' priceless.
There are 3 CDs in the box and the running time is 2.5 hours. It's another feast of bumbling buffoonery, brilliantly read by Simon Callow. Highly recommended!
At the same time, Aunt Dahlia persuades Bertie to try to break up the budding romance between Phyllis Mills and the American Willie Cream, also staying at the estate. Phyllis's mother, Aunt Dahlia's friend, does not like "Broadway Willie." Tact is necessary in dealing with this matter since Willie's father is a wealthy man negotiating important business deals with others at Aunt Dahlia's country estate.
Jeeves is on vacation, and Aunt Dahlia, needing a butler of her own, hires Sir Roderick Glossop, a well known psychiatrist, to act as butler, his real job being to spy, purportedly, on Willie Cream to uncover unsavory details which can be used to break up his romance with Phyllis. During Bertie's stay, a piece of valuable antique silver, a creamer in the shape of a cow, disappears--perhaps a result of Willie Cream's "kleptomania."
As always, Bertie engages in word play and puns, the coining of new words, and quotations from well known works. He sometimes massacres English words, and he delights in misquoting in foreign languages. As always, he must rely on Jeeves, called back from a fishing vacation, to rescue him from the complications which result from his meddling.
The intricacy of the plot, the overlapping relationships of the characters, the use of irony and gentle satire, and the sparkling dialogue keep the reader engaged, despite the predictable outcome of the plot. First published in 1960, this type of mannered novel is now dated, and many readers will expect more from the novel than "just" entertainment. Wodehouse, however, is as good as it gets in providing clever, light entertainment, with delightful wordplay--while poking fun at the English countryhouse life which has now largely disappeared. Mary Whipple
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This is not, perhaps, the finest of the Jeeves and Wooster novels, but that still leaves plenty of scope for it to...Read more