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4.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 54.06 out of 5 4.06 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. G. Wodehouse Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jeeves and Wooster Series Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9781455176168
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Wodehouse’s idyllic world can never stale. He will continue to release future generations from captivity that may be more irksome than our own. He has made a world for us to live in and delight in.”

    Evelyn Waugh

  • “My ‘Book of the Century’…P. G. Wodehouse at his shining best.”

    Daily Telegraph

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 2/20/2014

    " Wodehouse was a genius at capturing the frolics of the upperclass bright young things. I am by far the most appreciative of his Wooster and Jeeves series. His writing style is easy to read and always entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P | 2/18/2014

    " Loosely connected set of stories, most of which deal with Bertie and Jeeves assisting Bingo Little with various love and/or betting schemes. Occasional moments of brilliance sprinkled throughout, but lacking the writing and humor found in later J&B stories that made me laugh out loud in restaurants. Mostly makes me want to re-read other Wodehouse books. "

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

    " As usual, hilarious. Am an ardent fan of Jeeves. Pick up a Jeeves book and u would not want to keep it down till u finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 2/11/2014

    " I'm so glad to have finally stumbled across P.G Wodehouse and his Jeeves series. I only wish it hadn't taken me this long. These overlapping short stories were lighthearted, witty and very funny... classic British humor at its best. I will be working my way through more of these stories very soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 2/6/2014

    " This was a classic! I've seen the whole series on dvd and this was the basis for many episodes! Can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna Weissen | 2/5/2014

    " These stories are more well developed than My Man Jeeves. Bingo is a fun foil for Bertie to get in trouble and Jeeves have to pull the two of them out. Fun romp and enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 1/28/2014

    " I like British fiction, perhaps I just don't get British humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Crickard | 1/24/2014

    " Light & fluffy, as expected. Obviously the style is rather dated but it remains wonderfully evocative of the period it describes. Each short story has a predictable ending - but for easy reading that is part of the charm. Robert Davidson THe Tuzla Run "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliz | 1/11/2014

    " This one doesn't flow quite as well as some of Wodehouse's others, in my opinion, but I still found it quite funny. There were definitely some laugh-out-loud moments. I listened to it in the car on the way to and from work, and found it a rather good way to lessen the pain of rush-hour traffic. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth Sturdevant | 1/4/2014

    " We are listening to this while driving... hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 1/2/2014

    " I seem to regularly revisit Widehouse, and always enjoy it, especially when it's in the form of a reading such as this. Jonathan Cecil does a bang-up job of the cockeyed characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/22/2013

    " A fun light read, especially if you can hear that english accent in your head. I would give it three and a half stars, but it isn't an option so I rounded up. Jeeves really is inimitable, though I wish I had a friend like him. If you need a break from slogging through some tiresome text or long historical novel, this will perk you up straightway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Land | 12/22/2013

    " For light, enjoyable, humorous reading, nothing beats the Jeeves stories. This was the first collection of these loosely connected pieces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 12/21/2013

    " Always wondered why PG Wodehouse is so popular when his world is so 'old' - now I know! In future if I'm feeling a bit low, I'll pick up a Jeeves book - it was LOL funny at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 11/24/2013

    " my new favorite fun author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomad nimrod | 11/20/2013

    " this didnt do for me, but still enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mubeshra | 11/5/2013

    " A truly wonderful read! I loved the how Wodehouse ended this series, i was laughing as i closed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/23/2013

    " fun quick read. jeeves and bertie are precious "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley | 9/24/2013

    " I think this was even better than the first collection of Jeeves stories! Wodehouse does a spiffing job of tying all the stories together, from cats in the bedroom to Bingo Little's many doomed love affairs. I look forwards to the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 9/19/2013

    " I just love Wodehouse. He's so dang witty and yet always with the loveable British flair!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 9/19/2013

    " Another exceedingly fine volume in the tales of Bertram Wooster and his sturdy valet Jeeves. I haven't found a bad one yet and I don't expect I will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 9/9/2013

    " One of the few books that averages nearly a laugh per page. Almost every line is quotable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 8/22/2013

    " This book centers on how Bingo Little falls in and out of love with great regularity until he finally settles. Bertie and Jeeves go along getting Bingo out of scrapes, getting into betting troubles and dealing with Bertie's twin cousins. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/15/2013

    " One of my favorite Wodehouse works! Highly recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scarlet | 7/12/2013

    " This book is so perfectly itself. It never wants to be anything else. Read perfectly by Frederick Davidson and the most hilarious book I've read in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 5/25/2013

    " Lovely little book. A great distraction when you want something to cheer you up or lighten up after some heavy reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 5/15/2013

    " Nice to discover Bertie Wooster at such a late age (that is to say, after 30) knowing there's plenty more in store. The scene where Bertie pushes his friend Bingo's latest sweetheart's little brother into the water is priceless! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derrick | 3/6/2013

    " The people that have been hiding Jeeves and Wooster from my all my life are clearly not my friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ae | 3/5/2013

    " Kept this by as a sort of sorbet during a stressful couple of weeks, for cleansing the palate between more complicated books. I just read a few chapters at a time. Not my favorite Jeeves book, but still pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Barber | 2/8/2013

    " A really, really funny book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 1/9/2013

    " Love love love love love!!!!!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 12/24/2012

    " I Dont Get British Humor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Mankelow | 12/12/2012

    " Not a bad read, quite funny in places and completely inoffensive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 11/11/2012

    " This was funny stuff. I'll definitely be trying more Wodehouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 11/9/2012

    " Wodehouse had Dickens gift for names: Bingo Little, Gussie Finknottle, Honoria Glossop, Claude and Eustace, etc... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 11/5/2012

    " The audiobooks with Martin Jarvis are great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 10/12/2012

    " A very pleasant read, more episodic than what I had expected and perhaps a tad repetitive here and there, but certainly a bright & witty little book. I look forward to my next Jeeves novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 9/17/2012

    " I am becoming increasingly convinced that Wodehouse is the greatest thing ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg Heaton | 8/7/2012

    " The literary equivalent of blowing soap bubbles: harmless, charming and temporary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 5/6/2012

    " One of my favorite Wodehouse works! Highly recommended "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/28/2012

    " Jeeves is really delightful. Easy reads, short story type set up that makes it easy to read in between kids. The only problem is that after you've read two or three books all the stories start sounding a lot alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 4/8/2012

    " All Wodehouse books are fabulous, and especially any involving Jeeves. This one wasn't my favourite but still absolutely worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/30/2012

    " I love Wodehouse's tales of Jeeves and Wooster. Always a good way to keep spirits up, especially in this interminable winter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miller | 11/21/2011

    " Light reading, excellent dialogue, Briticisms abound. Hare-brained schemes and wonderment that Jeeves doesn't leave Bertie. The cousins are ridiculous, but endearing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Allen | 10/22/2011

    " Perfect! Possibly the finest J&W collection going, the Folio Society's editions with wonderful illustrations by Paul Cox are just fantastic... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 9/20/2011

    " Wodehouse's writing is second to none and I don't know any other comic author who can satirize without one iota of rancour or bitterness. Reading Wodehouse is like visiting an old friend who makes me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/6/2011

    " Loved this - my first taste of Jeeves and Wooster, I will definitely read more in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spoffy | 5/21/2011

    " Frothy fun! I want to talk like a PG Wodehouse character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielroffle | 5/20/2011

    " When I visited Japan last year, I used to wake up really early in the morning, make myself some tea in the hotel room and kick back reading a few pages of this book. The perfect cozy remedy to avoid feeling intimidated by adventures ahead! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 5/8/2011

    " The performer on the audio version I listened to (Blackstone) earns this an extra star. Some pretty clever language and funny situations scattered among these stories, but, even in 30-60 minute increments, I'd had enough by the end. Frothy, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derrick | 3/31/2011

    " The people that have been hiding Jeeves and Wooster from my all my life are clearly not my friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 3/1/2011

    " a great example of dry British humor. I look forward to reading other Jeeves books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 2/22/2011

    " my new favorite fun author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/8/2011

    " My first experience with Jeeves and Wooster. Perhaps I wouldn't have enjoyed the print book as much, but the audiobook was positively charming. I could see myself developing a serious addiction to Jeeves and Wooster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/25/2011

    " What can I say? Even though the plots are always the same, I always laugh out loud. Wodehouse keeps it fresh because of his clever expressions and style. "

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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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.