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When Bingo falls in love at a Camberwell subscription dance and Bertie Wooster drops into the mulligatawny, there's work for a wet-nurse. Who better than Jeeves?

This is the first Jeeves and Wooster story "Plum" ever wrote. Wodehouse weaves his wit through a wide collection of terrifying aunts, miserly uncles, love-sick friends, and unwanted fiancés.

Bertie gets into a bit of trouble when one of his pals, Bingo Little, starts to fall in love with every second girl he lays his eyes on. But the soup gets really thick when Bingo decides to marry one of them and enlists Bertie's help. Luckily, he has the inimitable Jeeves to pull him out of it.

Public Domain (P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"By far the most prolific audiobook interpreter of P.G. Wodehouse's comic English manor-house tales, Frederick Davidson here offers a performance superior to most of his other efforts....Aunt Agatha alone is worth the price of admission." ( AudioFile)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • John
  • 18/12/2012

The Inimitable Frederick Davidson

I've always thought Bertie Wooster, so often characterized as a "dim-witted aristocrat", is actually wiser than he seems--both to his Aunt Agatha and to many readers. While not a genius like Thomas Hardy or Jeeves, Bertie has a cagey sense of self-preservation and, what's more, lives up to Madeline Basset's assessment of him as "one of the only truly chivalrous men" she knows.

As a reader, Fredrick Davidson expresses that innate shrewdness in Bertie's character. Just listen to his intonation as Bertie sizes up Bingo Little's latest girlfriend, describes the unspeakable Honoria Glossop or counters the machinations of the vile Rupert Steggles. Then there is his good-heartedness: the lengths he goes to make every one of Bingo's romances come off, though knowing the effort is probably doomed.

All this is important because it transforms Bertie Wooster from the fool with a silver spoon in his mouth to a character--albeit comic--who you actually get to know, like and care about. If Bertie were only a class-warfare stereotype I doubt the allure of the Jeeves-Wooster axis would have lasted as long as it has. And it's this side of the otherwise goofy, slow-witted Bertie that Davidson understood and expressed to a nicety.

This book happens to be one of Davidson's and Wodehouse's best efforts. The stories can be read or listened to individually, but they all link together as chapters in an ongoing story. And that story is simply one of Wodehouse's most delightful and entertaining.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate
  • 12/04/2010

Brilliant!

Beautifully narrated and superb Wodehouse prose - just a delight. I can't wait to download more - and to re-listen to this one.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jefferson
  • 16/04/2011

Hilarious High Jinx Among the British Idle Rich

The Inimitable Jeeves is the funniest audiobook I've listened to. Bertie Wooster is a consummately idle idle rich chappie, rather foolish and none too intelligent and prone to getting into absurd fixes regarding women, betting (what he calls sporting), or relatives. Bertie's laconic "genius" valet Jeeves relies on his network of connections among the upper crust's servants and cooks and butlers and his knowledge of human nature and of Bertie's foibles to fish Bertie "out of the soup" or even to solve Bertie's mooching friend Bingo Little's serial love troubles. If all that weren't enough, Jeeves prepares the perfect cup of tea and is a reliable (though severe) arbiter of fashion.

The chapters tell a linked set of amusing and suspenseful stories with colorful characters and perfect, comical payoffs. All are narrated by Bertie in the first person, so that the reader is treated to a plethora of colorful similes ("He lugged them out of the drawer as if he were a vegetarian fishing a caterpillar out of the salad") and slang. Influenced by Bertie, I now find myself "biffing" about saying things like "the rummy thing" and "eh, what?" and "ripping fine day" and "simply topping" and "what's the sitch" (situation)" and "cove" (guy) and and "right-o" and "he's got a goodish pile" (money) and "rather" and "What the deuce" and "Dash it all." At one point Bertie asks Jeeves, "Did you put that pie-faced infant up to bally-ragging Mr. Basington-Basington?" Another time he asks Jeeves if some "chappie is not a blighter or an excrescence." I could go on and on quoting the exquisite Bertie-isms!

And the reader, Frederick Davidson, is perfect, making Bertie sound so refined and buffoonish and sophisticated and ignorant, and Jeeves so terse and superior. Even if you didn't usually like Davidson's manner, you couldn't resist his Bertie!

3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tiffany
  • 07/01/2011

Bertie Wooster read well.

Some people don't like Frederick Davidson (aka David Case) but I really think he was cut out for reading Bertie Wooster. I enjoyed every minute of this.

3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary
  • 16/10/2010

excellent listening

If you love Jeeves and Bertie Wooster you will absolutley love this recording. The characters come alive in humor and drama with Frederick Davidson giving them voice and as always Blackstone's recording is top notch. Well worth the 6 hours of listening.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia O'Rourke
  • 19/05/2010

HYSTERICALLY FUNNY

Hilarious adventures of a young toff and his mates in Edwardian England. His faithful manservant, Jeeves is the brains of the operation. I am saving this one to re-listen to during long stressful drives and boring lectures

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    out of 5 stars
  • Walter Loewenstern
  • 01/04/2010

Funny, Funny, Funny

Another great Jeeves book.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Henriette
  • 22/06/2012

Humorous

These are nuttiest short stories. I should really try to find the film version of these books.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kathleen A. Parrish
  • 29/07/2022

Great Book

I have been reading PG Wodehouse for quite some time; he never, ever disappoints me.

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Agudodan
  • 12/06/2021

Trivial fun

Jeeves may be an acquired taste. Fun and light-hearted stories of an ordinary upper-class wastrel and his savvy and sassy butler, who saves his master from disaster by his wise interventions. A satire of the idle British upper class. Still fun, but not as amusing to me now as it was many years ago.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Harihar
  • 08/07/2013

Great narration and a treat for all Jeeves fans

Would you listen to The Inimitable Jeeves again? Why?

Narration of some parts is very good and definitely a repeat listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ofcourse its Jeeves

What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?

His way of reliving the old accents and the phrases.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly moved but the overall experience was a great one.

2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Warlock
  • 29/08/2022

Adequate performance

Adequate performance but nowhere near as good at the character voices as Jonathan Cecil

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SLH
  • 09/08/2022

Brilliant performance, great fun

This narrator, Frederick Davidson, is my favourite Jeeves and Wooster. Better than Stephen Fry and Martin Jarvis! Just brilliant. The stories really cheered me up.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • LY085
  • 23/05/2022

Jeeves

Dashing good show Jeeves. Excellent set of easy listening stories by the inimitable PG. Worcester and his pal Bingo in the usual scrapes and good old Jeeves there to pull them out.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin E
  • 29/04/2022

Cracking stuff, whatto!

Beautifully read. Kept the chuckles coming along nicely. Delightful listening on a spring walk in the countryside.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Alexander R Gill
  • 19/09/2021

One of my favourites in the Jeeves collection

A great book with a set of great and entertaining stories in a world we'd most likely love to spend some time in as everything has a happy ending.

I personally enjoy the Frederick Davidson readings, I have read reviews by people who don't but to me the English accents just go well with the stories.

With it being included in audible unlimited then if you are a fan of Wodehouse then I recommend you give it a listen.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • FTM Doyle
  • 06/01/2019

An excellent production.

For those who love Wodehouse this is a very good interpretation. As good as that read to me and my schoolmates by our old Latin teacher at the end of each term.