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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,017 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Jonathan Cecil Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jeeves and Wooster Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538466810
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Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably give way at the knees, for among those present were Florence Craye, to whom Bertie had once been engaged; her new fiancé “Stilton” Cheesewright, who sees Bertie as a snake in the grass; and that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout, who is busy doing acts of kindness out of sheer malevolence. All Bertie’s forebodings are fully justified, for in his efforts to oil the wheels of commerce, promote the course of true love, and avoid the consequences of a vendetta, he becomes the prey of all and sundry. In fact, only Jeeves can save him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A daffy little tale which, literary merit to one side, will lower the reader’s blood pressure quite a few m.m., aid digestion, and promote euphoria. Anybody who has a hammock and the ingredients of a tall drink would do well to purchase a copy…It’s moderately wonderful, a ray of pale English sunshine into a gray world.”

    New York Times

  • “Just how funny it all is, an old and inveterate reader can hardly tell. For in reading and rereading Mr. Wodehouse there comes a stage when the reader no longer waits breathlessly for what comes next or hunts up someone to share his laughter but instead finds a new pleasure in seeing how exquisitely it is done.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Generally regarded as among the best of Wodehouse’s Jeeves/Bertie Wooster novels, Thank You, Jeeves and Jeeves in the Morning are timeless farces that should delight listeners as long as literacy survives. Their plots are similar, but that scarcely matters, as the pleasure in listening to them derives mostly from the author’s sparkling dialog and unmatched knack for inventive imagery. In each story, Bertie takes a country cottage (which gets burned down by a miscreant), tries to help a pal win the hand of the woman he craves to marry, is unwillingly sucked into becoming engaged himself, and calls on Jeeves to dish up a happy ending…If the numbers of audio editions of Wodehouse are any indication of his popularity with library patrons, then his books must be among the most popular audio titles that circulate. That popularity is no doubt aided by the almost uniformly fine narrations of his books by Jonathan Cecil, who ranks among the best of the best. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Here are the zany misadventures of foggy-minded aristocrat Bertie Wooster and his sharp-witted valet, Jeeves. They visit Steeple Bumpleigh, home of Bertie’s Uncle Percy, also the home of Bertie’s ex-fiancée, Florence, and her new fiancé, Constable Stilton Cheesewright. In addition, Bertie’s cousin, Nobby, wants Bertie’s help in gaining Uncle Percy’s approval of her writer fiancé. To complicate the romantic antics, Stilton thinks Bertie wants to reconcile with Florence (as does Florence) and threatens bodily harm. Into the muddle comes Jeeves, who, as always, saves the day. It’s hard to improve on this treasure, but Jonathan Cecil does it with an impeccable, wildly funny narration.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Proffitt | 2/20/2014

    " No matter what the plot, my favorite thing about a Jeeves and Wooster novel is watching Jeeves jerk Wooster around in that subtle, kindly, butter-wouldn't-melt-in-his-mouth way. Could Jeeves find a solution to the triple problem of Lord Worplesdon's secret business meeting with an American financier, his daughter Nobby's inappropriate and unapproved engagement, and Lady Florence Craye's own faltering engagement that could lead to Bertie Wooster once again being attached to that female, without making Wooster ridiculous? Probably. But what would be the fun in that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Hardy | 2/19/2014

    " P.G. Wodehouse is so good at humor. A fun laugh-out-loud read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quentin | 2/19/2014

    " A delight and a welcome escape from grim reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/18/2014

    " P.G Wodehouse is my favorite british author, and this is one of his best books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 2/9/2014

    " I read the first edition of this book, published in 1946 and entitled "Joy in the Morning." It has illustrations (by Paul Galdone) that are whimsical and dated, and do not match up with my Hugh Laurie/Stephen Fry mental images of Wooster and Jeeves. There are probably very few phrases in literature as scary as Bertie Wooster saying "I'll take care of it." After being somewhat traumatized by the conflagration that destroys Wee Nooke, I settled down and enjoyed this typical piece of Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Panther | 1/27/2014

    " I don't even know yet what all the convulutions of the plot will be. Oh my god, the writing. I'm in a state of near-synesthetic ecstacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta C. Wink | 12/19/2013

    " This is my second Wodehouse and I clearly need several dozen more in my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/18/2013

    " I think we've seen a more mature Bertie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/18/2013

    " Totally charming. My first Jeeves and Wooster, though not my first Wodehouse. Similar to the first Wodehouse I read (sympathetic, stupid characters and absurdly intricate plots that always work themselves out). I really enjoyed that it was from Wooster's point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiersten | 11/17/2013

    " Delightful...so very British. I find my own life in as much chaos as the completely inept Bertie. Now I just need to find a Jeeves to masterfully makes sense of it all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mister | 10/1/2013

    " It's not like he ever wrote a bad book or anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Howard | 8/9/2013

    " I have nothing to declare except that you ought to read it. It's a vintage Jeeves & Wooster title, and that should be sufficient to tell you whether you'll love it or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 8/3/2013

    " A wonderful little romp with Jeeves and Bertie, two of the most oddly matched old birds in literature. I adore Wodehouse, and how he makes it all so effortless to read. Another winner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Mygatt | 12/1/2012

    " My introduction to Wodehouse, and a glorious introduction it was... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/13/2012

    " Just can't get enough Bertie and Jeeves! I read it while walking, or I wouldn't walk at all. The neighbors think it's funny to see my walking, reading, and, because it is Wodehouse, laughing out loud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 8/8/2012

    " I'll never forget the sheer delight I had when I read my first P.G. Wodehouse book. Some of the most wonderful use of the English Language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Bafford | 7/30/2012

    " One of Wodehouse's best. Mostly because he spent more time on it. A Blandings Castle novel! This audio novel is read by a master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 7/27/2012

    " Maybe not the best Jeeves & Wooster, but the Master is certainly in mid-season form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/1/2012

    " The original title was "Joy in the Morning," and that's what I read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gregory | 10/17/2011

    " My first Wodehouse. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 9/11/2011

    " Reading my way through a Wodehouse omnibus and this is the first short novel in it. Too much Bertie, not enough Jeeves, but it does have moments of great hilarity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 8/10/2011

    " If you're looking for a lighthearted, humorous book to read - any of the Wodehouse will do! These delightful English vignettes are hilarious, quick reads that are sure to lighten your mood and make your friends wonder why you are laughing out loud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Askin | 7/23/2011

    " Trouble awaits Bertie at Steeple Bumpleigh, Aunt Agatha's lair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 5/30/2011

    " The ending was a bit weaker than either Thank You, Jeeves or The Code of the Woosters, but that is rather small potatoes relative to the genius of the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas | 4/28/2011

    " They are all good, but this is one of the better ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/19/2011

    " I've probably read about a dozen Jeeves books by now and I think this one beats the socks off them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lamplight | 3/27/2011

    " Edwin, the boy scout is hilarious. Some of the funniest Wodehouse characters I've encountered yet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 2/5/2011

    " Uncle Percy starting out with a series of 'what's never ceases to elicit a chuckle. Also enjoyed the porpentine bit, but the highlight was the punting of Edmund. Completely hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2010

    " As always Wodehouse is brilliant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 11/26/2010

    " Anything Wodehouse is a delight for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 11/9/2010

    " Best Wodehouse book I've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 10/9/2010

    " It isn't my favorite of the Jeeves novels; in some places the language seems a little too modern. Still, it is hilarious, and has some great lines. It's still a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 10/5/2010

    " Normal Wodehouse tangled web and ridiculous relationships. Pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiersten | 9/30/2010

    " Delightful...so very British. I find my own life in as much chaos as the completely inept Bertie. Now I just need to find a Jeeves to masterfully makes sense of it all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/29/2010

    " This was a laugh-aloud book for me. Just the thing when you're pining for something British and witty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April (CSI:Librarian) | 9/23/2010

    " Wonderful and hilarious as always. An absolute delight from beginning to end. "

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About the Author

Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, poems, song lyrics, and numerous pieces of journalism. He was highly popular throughout a career that lasted more than seventy years, and his many writings continue to be widely read. He is best known for his novels and short stories of Bertie Wooster and his manservant Jeeves and for his settings of English upper-class society of the pre– and post–World War I era. He lived in several countries before settling in the United States after World War II. During the 1920s, he collaborated with Broadway legends like Cole Porter and George Gershwin on musicals and, in the 1930s, expanded his repertoire by writing for motion pictures. He was honored with a knighthood in 1975.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cecil (1939–2011) was a vastly experienced actor, appearing at Shakespeare’s Globe as well as in such West End productions as The Importance of Being Earnest, The Seagull, and The Bed before Yesterday. He toured in The Incomparable Max, Twelfth Night, and An Ideal Husband, while among his considerable television and film appearances were The Rector’s Wife, Just William, Murder Most Horrid, and As You Like It.