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My Man Jeeves

Auteur(s): P. G. Wodehouse
Narrateur(s): Simon Prebble
Durée: 5 h et 5 min
4 out of 5 stars (5 évaluations)

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Description

My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is coolheaded and poised.

This collection, the first book of Jeeves and Wooster stories, contains eight stories, including "Absent Treatment", "Helping Freddie", "Rallying Round Old George", "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good", "Fixing It for Freddie", and "Bertie Changes His Mind".

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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The Beginnings... Are Middling - But Worthy

This volume contains some of the earliest stories in Wodehouse's Jeeves & Wooster series (four stories mixed with four other stories starring a parallel creation, Reggie Pepper, that Wodehouse later folded into the character of Bertie Wooster). As with most authors' early work, it is an uneven journey, as Wodehouse works to get his literary feet underneath himself. But it is of great interest to see him working out his later voice, deft touch, and the marvelous plotting that characterize his more mature work.

The first few stories in the collection, though they star Jeeves and Wooster, don't quite work as well as fans of the later adventures might expect. By the time the reader arrives, however, at the last two outings ("Doing Clarence a bit of Good" [starring Reggie Pepper] and "The Aunt and the Sluggard" [finishing with J&W]) it is clear that the author has begun rounding into wonderful form ("The Aunt..." is particularly satisfying, as it cleverly turns the central conceit a bit on its head).

Mr. Prebble, as always, is a worthy reader and performs well - if a bit slowly for my tastes.

Worth reading/listening if you are interested in the beginnings of things, but don't expect the refinement and polish you've come to enjoy if you're already a Wodehouse fan.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ken
  • 2007-06-19

Jeeves and Pepper

Despite the title, more than half the book is stories about Reggie Pepper. Same flavor as the Jeeves books, and of course Wodehouse is excellent, but if it's Jeeves you want, you'll do better with another title.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Barbara
  • 2008-07-24

Misleading title

Once again I should have read the reviews. I do love Wodehouse and this reading is very good, but as another reviewer pointed out, these are not all -- or even MOST -- Jeeves and Wooster stories. The Jeeves shorts included are also in several other collections I own, as expected, and the Reggie Pepper stories are in a similar vein but definitely lack the charm of Bertie Wooster's self-told tales. Worth the sale price or for diehard fans only.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • David Field
  • 2011-05-04

Best Narrator, but wish I'd known it was reprinted

I have always loved Jeeves stories, and when I got this collection among my first Audible purchases, it quickly became my fallback whenever I had finished a heavier book and wanted something light to fill in before picking up another. I think I've listened to it at least a couple dozen times now, and I still enjoy it. Sure, I've got the stories practically memorized, and the plots will never surprise me, but they're still worth a chuckle. I only wish I had known that all the Jeeves stories in this book were reprinted in Carry On, Jeeves before I bought that one as well. If buying the books in print, I would rather have had the full Jeeves collection in Carry On, Jeeves, minus the Reggie Pepper stories in My Man Jeeves, which I've never found quite as entertaining.
For that reason, I'd give it two stars if not for Simon Prebble's narration. I think he makes a far better Jeeves than any other I've heard so far, and his renderings of some of the elderly relatives in the stories make it worth listening to some of them twice in a row just to hear a specific passage again. The one that comes to mind most is the uncle's shock and outrage upon seeing the portrait for the first time in the Hard-Boiled Egg. Definitely recommended. If only Prebble had narrated the other Jeeves books on Audible.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Erica
  • 2006-08-30

Very very very funny!!!

P.G. Wodehouse was truly a humor genius. This book is full of hilarious mishaps and adventures, and the first person narration makes it all the more laugh out loud hilarious! DO NOT MISS P.G. WODEHOUSE - Listen to them all - you will not be disapointed if you like humor.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • J
  • 2017-01-01

Enjoyable and giggle-inducing

This collection of short stories is not as good as the novels, where stories and silly conversation are allowed a tad more free rein.
On the other hand, the morsels of Wodehouse's authorship presented within make for a thoroughly enjoyable listen and make it well worth the price of acquisition.
What ho, old top!

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Empowerment
  • 2008-08-11

Good Book

Good book. Not all Jeeves but still very funny.

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • connie
  • 2009-01-16

ditto, ditto...

...to the previous reviews--I found this an OK listen, far from Wodehouse's best AND it is as much Reggie Pepper as Jeeves and Bertie. The situations and gags are repetitive if you've read much Wodehouse. Some of this collection seems to be earlier sketches of what developed into full length books.

Also, I found the humour weaker than the five "Jeeves" novels I've listened to- Wodehouse's gags work better in the longer form, because face it, though brilliant, Jeeves and Bertie have limited range. The humour is in the build up to their muddles and the running gags, not in short stories that limit their tangled mania.

Do yourself a favour and spend more money on a full length Jeeves and Bertie adventure.

Prebble is an excellent narrator, but I think F. Davidson better captures Jeeves and Bertie in his readings.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Roger McCoy
  • 2017-04-06

many short funny tales

very funny and the reader was spot on. each chapter is it's own short story.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Washington Fun
  • 2017-01-20

a lot of silliness!

old fashioned silly fun. short stories easy to listen to in small bursts. excellent narration.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Suzy Q
  • 2017-01-03

Fantastic!

My first audio book. Loved it! It was fantastically narrated and kept me riveted to my phone. I thought it might be difficult to listen to a book being read to me as an adult with many things to distract me but I was pleasantly surprised. I can't wait to "read" another. P.G. Wodehouse is a wonderful author and I will certainly look for another of his books.

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