The Inimitable Jeeves

By P. G. Wodehouse
Read by Frederick Davidson

The Jeeves and Wooster Series: Book 1923

6.12 Hours 03/01/2000 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

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Reviews

by Bertie Wooster 9/13/2017
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The Inimitable Frederick Davidson

I've always thought Bertie Wooster, so often characterized as a "dim-witted aristocrat", is actually wiser than he seems--both to his Aunt Agatha and to many readers. While not a genius like Thomas Hardy or Jeeves, Bertie not only has a cagey sense of self-preservation but, at a higher level, lives up to Madeline Basset's assessment of him as "one of the only truly chivalrous men" she knows.

As a reader, Fredrick Davidson expresses the innate shrewdness and nobility in Bertie's character. Just listen to his intonation as Bertie sizes up Bingo Little's latest girlfriend, describes the unspeakable Honoria Glossop or counters the machinations of the vile Rupert Steggles. Witness the lengths he goes to make every one of Bingo's romances come off, though knowing the effort is probably doomed.

All this is important because it transforms Bertie Wooster from the fool with a silver spoon in his mouth to a character--albeit comic--who you actually get to know, like and care about. If Bertie were only a class-warfare stereotype I doubt the allure of the Jeeves-Wooster axis would have lasted as long as it has. And it's this side of the otherwise goofy, slow-witted Bertie that Davidson understood and expressed to a nicety.

This book happens to be one of Davidson's and Wodehouse's best efforts. The stories can be read or listened to individually (each episode consists of two chapters), but they all link together in an ongoing story. And that story is simply one of Wodehouse's most delightful and entertaining.

A must-have, especially during Downpour's Wodehouse sale.

Author

Author Bio: P. G. Wodehouse

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 6.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English