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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.
"No one can do the milky, imperious voice of a marriage-brokering aunt like Martin Jarvis. What a good egg he is!" (The Observer)
"Wodehouse brightens up the dullest day and lightens the heaviest heart. So give yourself tonic by listening to this comedy classic." (audiobooksreview.co.uk)
"Martin Jarvis brings the madcap world of Bertie Wooster and his brilliant valet Jeeves to life with canny comedic timing." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
In this collection we revisit Bingo Little and his romance-writing wife, Tuppy and his ferocius father Sir Roderick Glossop who thinks an asylum is the only appropriate place for Bertie, the irrepresible Bobbie Wickham, and Bertie's sweet Uncle George who wants to marry the waitress from the bun-shop...
Wodehouse's language is sublime, his plotting immaculate, and his ability to reveal the absurd and ridiculous untouched. I love all the Jeeves & Wooster stories which bear constant re-reading - highly recommended.
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.