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3.99985006815084 out of 53.99985006815084 out of 53.99985006815084 out of 53.99985006815084 out of 53.99985006815084 out of 5 4.00 (2,201 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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455171675
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When Gussie Fink-Nottle, after a convivial evening with “Catsmeat” Pinbright, was sentenced to fourteen days for wading in the fountain at Trafalgar Square, Bertie Wooster saw the red light. For Gussie was an expected guest at Deverill Hall, and clearly his enforced absence would give rise to immediate inquiries. From this point it would be but a short step to a complete revelation of the scandalous details of his escapade, and Bertram well knew what would be the effect of this intelligence on Gussie’s fiancée, Madeline. As always when a rift appeared in her love affairs, Madeline would transfer her simpering affection to Bertram, and the grim prospect of having to endure the grand passion of this female stimulated Bertie to the sternest of endeavors to forestall catastrophe. But as usual, Bertie’s involvement causes further entanglement, which only Jeeves can unravel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The undisputed master of farce is in top form in this giddy novel of romantic intrigue, social mayhem, and aristocratic absurdities.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “The comical story is pure Wodehouse…With Jeeves’ sage council, all is put right in the end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wodehouse is one of the best and most accessible humorists for audio adaptation and this version does not disappoint. Reader Frederick Davidson has made superciliousness into an art form…His command of class, age, and gender variations is without peer.”

    Library Journal

  • “Davidson, who performs so often impeccably for Blackstone, gives a well-rendered, vocalized reading of this delightful novel in the Bertram Wooster chronicles.” 

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

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

    " Would-be writers of farce, take copious notes. Throw Wodehouse's meticulous plotting and breezy comedic narration against the backdrop of a miserable local talent show, and comedy cannot fail to ensue on every page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Williamson | 2/15/2014

    " Gosh! I did rather enjoy this, although not my normal piffle, I will be looking for another Jeeves and Wooster adventure in future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mister | 2/14/2014

    " Are they all the same, are they all different? They're all good, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Douglass | 2/13/2014

    " Great fun as always. Not enough Jeeves for top ratings, though he does make a strong appearance in the final chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oscar Reyes | 2/12/2014

    " Blazed through it and then immediately turned around and did it again. Cried just as hard from laughing the second time around the second time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.j. | 2/10/2014

    " Wodehouse is the bloody master, kindly be-glimmered with the light of comic genius. Full-stop, what? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Centanni | 2/3/2014

    " Listened to the audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 1/29/2014

    " Right up there. It seems to have more and shorter set pieces than other Jeeves novels and the pace benefits as a result. Particularly liked the after dinner impromptu rehearsal. Wodehouse could have been just as much at home in the Spy novel genre, such are the plot dynamics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Hiatt | 1/24/2014

    " Always a fan of Wodehouse! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste Ng | 1/22/2014

    " All the Wodehouse books are funny, but this is my favorite and possibly the best. If you're only going to read one Bertie-and-Jeeves story this year, make it this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeleine | 1/20/2014

    " This is the only book that has ACTUALLY made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/19/2014

    " PG Wodehouse is fabulous as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesper | 1/17/2014

    " Wodehouse is a magician of words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Williamson | 1/15/2014

    " Gosh! I did rather enjoy this, although not my normal piffle, I will be looking for another Jeeves and Wooster adventure in future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nickie | 1/14/2014

    " It took me a while to notice that I had a half-smile on my face every moment that I was reading this. Great way with words, faultless comic momentum. And i saw a picture of PG Wodehouse and he was quite the cutie too. What ho! Bally good etc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 1/12/2014

    " This is my new favorite Wodehouse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/2/2014

    " Listened to this audiobook with my wife on a long road trip from Dallas to Kansas City. Strange hearing "I say, old blighters" and "what ho, chaps" as you're driving through red-neck Oklahoma. But it was enjoyable and the narrator played all the parts well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/17/2013

    " A very fun, fairly quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna Beadles | 12/14/2013

    " I love the Jeeves and Wooster books, and I think this is my favorite. You have about two dozen entanglements in the plot, which Wodehouse works out seamlessly, partly by means of a hunting song, sung at a local charity ball. No wonder they teach Wodehouse in Graduate level writing classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesper | 11/19/2013

    " Wodehouse is a magician of words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 11/18/2013

    " This is my new favorite Wodehouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charly | 10/31/2013

    " brilliant. wodehouse in the late thirties and early forties is at his sharpest, his funniest, his most lyrical. the bassett is one of my favorite literary creations, period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 10/16/2013

    " Not as funny as other Wodehouse works, but still pretty dang funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 10/12/2013

    " Can't get enough of these funny gems! This one was terrific!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rickeclectic | 10/12/2013

    " A Jeeves and Worcester story, with plenty of the friends and relatives. Great story but alludes to some events in previous stories you may want to read first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 10/11/2013

    " Great fun. I get such a kick out of Bertie Wooster and laugh out loud often with these books. I listened to this book on audio and was a bit nervous that I wouldn't enjoy it as much, but the narrator was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rickeclectic | 10/7/2013

    " A Jeeves and Worcester story, with plenty of the friends and relatives. Great story but alludes to some events in previous stories you may want to read first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 9/22/2013

    " A very fun, fairly quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/17/2013

    " My first Wodehouse book and still my favorite! Hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Hiatt | 7/21/2013

    " Always a fan of Wodehouse! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 7/20/2013

    " you can never go wrong with wodehouse. this was great. the usual farcical, ridiculous things happen to bumblingly lovable characters, but somehow it never feels repetitive or tiresome. just fun and frolicsome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 6/20/2013

    " One of the very best Jeeves and Wooster novels, although not the right one to start with if you're unfamiliar with the secondary characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva Grace | 5/17/2013

    " A joy and a pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Koivu | 2/27/2013

    " Although the reader of much of Wodehouse's work often suffers from a heavy case of deja vu, this volume for me stood out from the rest...and I have no idea why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/25/2013

    " Good and funny book. Makes you cringe when you read all the scrapes that Wooster manages to entail himself in and you are just wishing for Jeeves to appear to make things all right again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/9/2013

    " Great fun--this time there were twice as many sundered hearts than usual and Bertie stands up to his aunt, off-stage at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/26/2013

    " Hallo hallo hallo hallo, a-hunting we will go, pom pom! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc & Charly | 12/13/2012

    " Bertie and Jeeves come to the rescue of several couples whose love lives have gone astray. There are lots of laughs along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. | 11/13/2012

    " Brilliant as always. Many smiles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/7/2012

    " Bertie Wooster goes to stay at Deverill Hall, in fear that Madeleine Bassett will decide to marry him. Complex and amusing situations tidily resolved by Jeeves, as ever. Gentle humour and clever plotting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K. Smith | 9/13/2012

    " Starts off with Wooster drunk and just gets better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bettie | 7/12/2012

    " More farce from the master. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly Baird | 5/26/2012

    " Hard to get into, but I am enjoying the British humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/26/2011

    " We are listening to this on CD as a family...highly entertaining to all. many woosterisms are enering our family vocabulary (making us sound even more full of British slang than usual!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 9/17/2011

    " good listen, but not a nail biter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nik | 2/20/2011

    " Enjoyable, silly story, with some excellent linguistic turns, and a few very funny jokes. Not the best Jeeves and Wooster but still a highly recommended read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/6/2011

    " So far my favorite Wodehouse regarding Jeeves and Wooster. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Richards | 10/29/2010

    " Great read, takes many of Wodehouse's comic signatures - especially imposture - to new highs. The sequence describing the village concert is one of PGW's great stand-along comic passages. "

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

    " Great fun--this time there were twice as many sundered hearts than usual and Bertie stands up to his aunt, off-stage at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/3/2010

    " Not one of the better Bertie/Jeeves efforts, but still outstanding. Bertie must grapple with no fewer than five aunts at the same country house. Gussie and Madeline Bassett's engagement again becomes imperiled... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rissie | 5/30/2010

    " Pretty standard Wodehouse fare – crazy plot, hilarious writing, spot-on descriptions and a wild cast of loony characters. My idea of perfect beach reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/12/2010

    " Love the Wodester! So funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/24/2010

    " British humor and I don't mix well.


    ******
    Must revise review. It seems I do like Wodehouse. This one was just too over the top. Too many layers of ridiculous relationship trouble. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/12/2010

    " My first Wodehouse book and still my favorite! Hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Homeira14 | 1/25/2010

    " What can I say? It's P.G. Wodehouse: one of the funniest British writers of all time. I needed some levity after a couple "heavy" books -- glad I did. I hadn't read Wooster and Jeeves book in a over a decade; it was time. "

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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.