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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,391 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: August 2016 ISBN: 9781504796811
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Who would think that an eighteenth-century silver cow creamer could cause so much trouble? Uncle Tom wants it, Sir Watkyn Bassett has it, and Aunt Dahlia is blackmailing Bertie to steal it. With relations between Bertie and Sir Watkyn being far from cordial (ever since the Boat Race night, when Sir Watkyn fined the young Wooster five pounds for pinching a policeman’s helmet), the situation looks tricky. Arriving at Totleigh Towers, Sir Watkyn’s country seat, matters get progressively worse. The nightmare crew includes not only that fierce old magistrate but his right-hand man, the frightful Roderick Spode. Add to that Madeline Bassett, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Stiffy Byng, and Harold “Stinker” Pinker and there’s only one thing to say: “What ho, Jeeves!”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jonathan Cecil’s gifted narration brings uniqueness to this (among the many) audio presentation of the ongoing adventures of Jeeves and Bertie. The narrator adopts a mixture of seriousness and hilarity in this story about a much coveted eighteenth-century cow creamer and Bertie's attempt to “rescue” it for his always difficult Aunt Dahlia. It is a credit to Cecil's style that listeners will listen closely to and follow the frequent puns, misunderstandings, and wordplay.”

    AudioFile

  • “Bertie and Jeeves are at their best in The Code of the Woosters.” 

    Newsweek

  • “Wodehouse is the funniest writer—that is, the most resourceful and unflagging deliverer of fun—that the human race, a glum crowd, has yet produced.”

    New Yorker

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charly | 2/17/2014

    " Wodehouse is a master of the English language. This novel is laugh-out-loud funny, cutting, insightful, surprising, and the plotting is freakin' amazing. A true masterwork. Turn off cable news or whatever mediocre bombast the twenty-first century is bleating at you, and pick up this treasure of the twentieth. For anyone who delights in the oddities of modern Dutch cow creamers, to asocial newt collectors, to black-shorted Fascists. AMAZING! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 2/12/2014

    " Who doesn't love Bertie Wooster and his all-knowing servant Jeeves? I loved this book. It was so funny to watch the interaction between Bertie and all of the other characters. Of course, one of the real delights is in watching Jeeves rescue Bertie from numerous difficult situations. I love the way Wodehouse lovingly skewers Bertie's class. As always, Wodehouse is charming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yorky Caz | 2/4/2014

    " What a fantastic book - PG Wodehouses style of writing is perfect I love the dry wit and the unbelievable situations Bertie gets into when there seems no way out and then Jeeves comes sailing in and saves the day..again!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Sorensen | 2/1/2014

    " I got hooked on Wodehouse a few years ago and have to read or reread one of his ridiculous books every couple of months to keep my sanity. Thank goodness they are short and fun to read and readily available at the library. A glass of wine and an evening with Jeeves and Wooster...cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ammon | 1/23/2014

    " When it comes to stealing cow creamers, the only code I live by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 1/16/2014

    " Probably Wodehouse's best of the Jeeves and Wooster series, and that is saying something! A master at comedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 1/4/2014

    " My favorite of the Jeeves and Bertie stories. Wodehouse's deft touch with language absolutely sparkles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drivingsideways | 1/1/2014

    " First Wodehouse that I read, and still remains with me through the many others-crazy crazy crazy Jeeves-Wooster fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pete | 12/3/2013

    " Frightfully funny. Madcap even. What ho! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bundaberg Library Library | 11/29/2013

    " Sparkling dry British humor. It never dates and Bertie,like Jeeves, is better than any medicine if you're in need of a chuckle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zelda of Arel | 11/27/2013

    " This book reminded me why I love the English of the 20s and the 30s. The language is just amazing. The story is funny without going overboard. I fell in love and intend to read through as much Woodhouse as I can get my hands on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 10/29/2013

    " Best one yet. Poor Bertie is always in a jam. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susannah | 10/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this short little book, but I wanted... more out of it. It was all a little flat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britt, Book Habitue | 9/13/2013

    " 6th "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 1/12/2013

    " This was very funny and I think enhanced because I listened to it on audible. The narrator was very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 8/29/2012

    " Fiendish giggles abound in this absolutely ripping farce. Part 2 of my Faulkner recovery programme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Kiess | 7/5/2012

    " One of my favorite Wodehouse stories-for those vaguely familiar with his work, this is the 'cow creamer' story. Brilliant! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Wade | 1/4/2012

    " I love this book. Others have said they enjoyed it as their introduction to Bertie and Jeeves, but I think I enjoyed it all the more by having read three of the Jeeves books written prior to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 11/4/2011

    " Read this for bookclub, my first experience with Wodehouse. It was a lot of fun-funny banter, outlandish storyline, and crazy characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxine | 9/14/2011

    " Loved it. Bertie, as always, gets up to his neck in trouble thanks to his friends & relations and their scheming plans. All's well that ends well thanks to Jeeves. And, this time, Jeeves ends up getting something that he really wants. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 9/9/2011

    " Top notch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Centanni | 7/21/2011

    " Listened to the audiobook, I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sloane | 5/13/2011

    " My favorite of Wodehouse and they're all pretty great!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/9/2011

    " A lot of fun. One of Wodehouse's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 4/21/2011

    " My favorite of the Jeeves and Bertie stories. Wodehouse's deft touch with language absolutely sparkles. "

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

    " Aunt Dahlia throws a porcelain ornament on the floor and jumps up and down on it. A huge bruhaha around an antique silver cow-creamer....Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/17/2011

    " Hilariously funny and incredibly brilliant, The Code of the Woosters was so much fun. Suspense on every page. Wodehouse is fantastic. This was my first book I've read by him, but definitely am going to immediately pick up another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherie | 3/7/2011

    " I adore the Jeeves series. The humor is subtle and spot on! "

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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.