- Audio CD: 6 pages
- Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (7 April 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405688777
- ISBN-13: 978-1405688772
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 14.2 x 2.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,902,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Very Good, Jeeves: (Unabridged) (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Apr 2008
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Beginning with a mysterious message and a visit to the dreaded Aunt Agatha, Very Good, Jeeves once again sees Bertie Wooster beset by difficulties that can only be untangled by his faithful butler. Indeed, by the time of this entry in the Jeeves cycle, written in 1930, everyone is seeking the butler's advice--he is universally recognised as the man to get you out of a spot of bother. When he becomes attached to an unsuitable young woman, Bertie is asked--much to his indignation--"You don't believe for a moment Jeeves will sanction the match?" Even if Bertie refuses to acknowledge his butler's influence, it does not escape the attention of those around him.
As always, Wodehouse perfectly captures (and exposes to ridicule) the trivial concerns of the idle rich. Poor Bertie finds it impossible to refuse to help a friend-"We Woosters have our code"--and always finds that the solution to the muddle results in his own embarrassment, generally engineered by the discretely manipulative Jeeves. Read by Simon Callow, this audio abridgement offers a lively reading of the source material, which will both enchant Wodehouse's many fans, and convince newcomers to explore the rest of the author's extensive oeuvre. --John Oates --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"It's dangerous to use the word genius to describe a writer, but I'll risk it with him" (John Humphrys)
"For as long as I'm immersed in a P.G. Wodehouse book, it's possible to keep the real world at bay and live in a far, far nicer, funnier one where happy endings are the order of the day" (Marian Keyes)
"Wodehouse always lifts your spirits, no matter how high they happen to be already" (Lynne Truss)
"The incomparable and timeless genius - perfect for readers of all ages, shapes and sizes!" (Kate Mosse)
"Not only the funniest English novelist who ever wrote but one of our finest stylists" (Susan Hill) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Amongst the stories collected here are one in which Jeeves lays out someone with a golf club, Wooster is found up a tree at night carrying a plant pot by a police officer, finds himself stranded on a duck island being menaced by a swan, and the course of true love is fixed by forgetting a picnic basket and draining a car of petrol so it breaks down in a deserted country lane.
As with other Jeeves and Wooster stories the plots are ridiculous and somewhat contrived, but that is exactly why we love them. Wooster inevitably gets himself into a scrape through no fault of his own, and it requires the superhuman brain power of his trusted manservant to recover the situation without too much loss of dignity. There are the usual selection of domineering aunts, rich buffoon friends, precocious brats and scheming would be suitors.
I maintain that PG Wodehouse is like Enid Blyton for adults where in this idyllic 1920/30s environment nothing terrible ever happens, and a happy ending is always guaranteed, a warm and inviting comfort blanket which lovingly envelops you.
Weather extracting Tuppy from the arms of an opera singer or saving Bingo from being caught putting the housekeeping on a horse Wodehouse and Jeeves never let the menagerie or the reader down. Although not as clever as the twists and turns in later Jeeves novels the short form does suit Bertie's narrative of Jeeves successes.
As ever the Wodehouse language as over complicated by Wooster's pen is a pleasure to behold. Bertie's description of the game of Rugby been as `fruity' a description to ever grace any publication `I know that the main scheme is to work the ball down the field somehow and deposit it over the line at the other end, and that, in order to squelch this programme, each side is allowed to put in a certain amount of assault and battery and do things to its fellow man which, if done elsewhere, would result in fourteen days without the option, coupled with some strong remarks from the Bench.' Top hole.
In this book which contains 11 short stories which are linked by the fact they refer back to previous events, but they contain enough background to be able to understand the current story. They are a great introduction to Jeeves and Wooster and Wodehouse writing as well as the characters of Bingo Little, Tuppy Glossop, Bobby Wickham and the various aunts who are the scourge of a family according to Bertie.
There is some wonderful observations dispensed by Bertie at the pen of Wodehouse which I think is what makes these books so enjoyable, light and humourous;
on describing Tuppy's new love....."be an upstanding light-heavy-weight of some thirty summers, with a commanding eye and a square chin...I don't know why it is , but women who have anything to do with Opera, even if they're only studying for it, always appear to run to surplus poundage."
on encountering a policeman...."when a sudden bright light shone upon me from below and a voice spoke. "Ho!" it said. It was a policeman. Apart from the fact of his having a lantern, I knew it was a policeman because he had said 'Ho!'....evidently policeman are taught this as part of their training. And after all, it's not a bad way of opening conversation in the sort of circs in which they generally have to chat with people."
There are lots of little snippets like these two throughout the book and they form part of the stories as the book bounces lightly on in the adventures of Wooster and the Very Good, Jeeves.
A one for Jeeves and Wooster fans, and for those who want to put their toe into the Wodehouse water and see whether it is for them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How I love Jeeves and Wooster, the prose and the wit is truly brilliant, PG Wodehouse was a complete genius.Published 15 months ago by Reader
Martin Jarvis for me is the most able of all the readers. This is a reading of the unique Wodehouse humour by the best reader of his works. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peter T.
Bertie Wooster is a wealthy upper-class young man from the early part of the 20th century, who isn’t particularly bright, but has a kind heart. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sue