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Aunts Aren't Gentlemen

Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
Series: Jeeves, Book 15
Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
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On doctor's orders, Bertie Wooster retires to sample the bucolic delights of Maiden Eggesford. But his idyll is rudely shattered by Aunt Dahlia who wants him to nobble a racehorse. Similar blots on Bertie's horizon come in the shape of Major Plank, the African explorer, Vanessa Cook, proud beauty and 'moulder of men', and Orlo Porter, who seems to have nothing else to do but to think of sundering Bertie's head from his body.
©2014 P.G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Charla
  • 03-10-2008

Always entertaining! Excellent Narration

I am hooked on these P.G. Wodehouse titles, and this one is very light and entertaining, as anticipated. Wonderful narration!

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  • Tad Davis
  • 14-03-2016

Another triumph

PG Wodehouse and Jonathan Cecil score another hit. Bertie Wooster once again gets himself tangled in a ghastly mess, this time involving a cat-loving horse and and aunt who, not being a gentleman, can't tell the difference between right and wrong (according to Hoyle). My face hurt from grinning so much.

With this audiobook, I've gone through all the Jeeves and Wooster stories - at least all the ones that are available from Audible. A number of gifted narrators have contributed to this collection: besides Cecil, who ranks as my favorite, there have been performances by Martin Jarvis, Ian Carmichael, and Dinsdale Landen. Smiles, chuckles, and congratulations all around. I can't wait to start all over again.

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  • MsLemon
  • 22-12-2011

The Best Wodehouse Narrator

I enjoy P.G. Wodehouse and Wooster and Jeeves for a light humorous listen. Some narrators are not suited to these characters. But Jonathan Cecil is very good. I highly recommend his version of these books.

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  • Sheila
  • 13-04-2009

Utterly charming

One of the most entertaining and delightful renderings of Wodehouse. The narrator doesn't miss an iota of the wit and charm of the work.

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  • Sharon
  • 10-02-2011

Hilarious!

P.G. Wodehouse's funny and entertaining novel is perfectly performed by Jonathan Cecil. He definitely makes Wodehouse's comedy sparkle. I recommend it 100 percent.

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  • Edward
  • 12-11-2012

Golden age of narration

Where does Aunts Aren't Gentlemen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Everything I've read by Wodhouse is superior comic fiction. Aunts ranks with the others. Excellence is the mean.

What other book might you compare Aunts Aren't Gentlemen to and why?

At opposite extremes of genre, 'On The Road' by Kerouac is comparable for richness of language and simile

What about Jonathan Cecil’s performance did you like?

Cecil is one of the master performers in a golden age of naration. The ability to jump about among characters of different sexes, ages, ethnicities and backgrounds at a speed near that of silent reading is astounding.

If you could take any character from Aunts Aren't Gentlemen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Bertie, because he could be bullied into picking up the tab.

Any additional comments?

American narrators seem to be a sort of second string who couldn't make it on television and settled for second best. British narrators appear to be specialists who love their art. If I am wrong then show me an American who can compete with Mr. Cecil, Miss May or Mr. Davidson. I am a patriotic American writing without prejudice.

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  • John
  • 21-05-2019

Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen; Cecil Isn’t Davidson

Yes, I enjoyed it. And I’ve reveled in Jonathan Cecil’s Wodehouse recordings for years. But with audiobooks a kind of Lorenzian imprinting takes place: the reader who introduced you to a particular story is usually the reader you prefer. And most of my early Wodehouse listening (including this one, under its American title, “The Cat-Nappers”) had Frederick Davidson at the mic.

Unfortunately, many of Davidson’s recordings are, like this one, unavailable as downloads. Nevertheless, pining for some fresh Bertie and Jeeves, I finally broke down. The problem is, I can’t forget how Davidson put more sarcasm into Aunt Dalia’s put-downs of Bertie, more knowing irony into Bertie’s responses to Herbert (“Billy”) Graham, Maiden Eggesford’s local poacher, and gave Dr. E. Jimson Murgatroyd a rich Scottish accent.

Nevertheless, this is the best available recording of this story. Being one of the first audiobooks I ever owned (on cassettes, so you know how long ago that was), I’ve always been partial to it. Being the last book the Master saw through the press, it may not be as good as Full Moon, Uncle Fred in the Springtime, or The Code of the Woosters, but well worth the price of admission. By the way, Cecil's performances of those last two titles (both available through Audible) are superb.

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  • John S.
  • 15-01-2013

Bertie's exits gracefully

I got the book a couple of years ago during a Jeeves-and-Wooster phase, which ended before I'd gotten around to listening to this one. Needing a smaller work to fill some time, I decided to polish off "Aunts" recently, finding it worked out well. The Jeeves canon stories build on each other, so this final one would work best for fans of the series; there's some of the old slapstick adventure, but it has the feel of a finale to it.

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  • Deedria
  • 10-01-2012

Jonathan Cecil is always good reading Wodehouse

Would you consider the audio edition of Aunts Aren't Gentlemen to be better than the print version?

No - I love the print version, but it is so wondeful to be able to listen to a good book while doing boring chores.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - he's consistenlty excellent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If you can listen to Wodehouse without laughing, go to the doctor - your funny bone is broken

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  • Laurie
  • 23-12-2016

Perfection.

My family thinks this Wodehouse tale is one of his best. J Cecil ' s performance is delightful.

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  • Tom
  • 31-05-2010

Great Fun

I love listening to P G Wodehouse's books. You really appreciate the stunning quality of his writing, and you can savour the daftness of his meticulously plotted stories. And they always cheer me up with their gentle humour.

Aunts aren't Gentlemen is I think one of the later Jeeves stories and if truth be told it doesn't quite reach the heights of the earlier works. But it's still pretty good.

Jonathan Cecil might have been born to narrate these books. He is superb and brings P G Wodehouse's fantastic invention to life. The recording was made a long time ago so sound quality is not the best but you get used to it quickly.

Treat yourself to 4-5 hours of fun and escape!

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  • Renzo
  • 12-04-2018

Jonathan Cecil IS Bertie and a joy to listen to

I believe this is a much later work and may have been right up in the 1970s.
Lovely though Cecil is to listen to - the work is a bit laboured.

I found most of the woven story predictable and being a real fan of Jeeves & Bertie (best of all narrated by Cecil), I was able to plot-spot early on. Wont do spoilers though.

Having said all that - it was blessed relief from John Humprhreys on Radio 4 or Chris Evans on Radio 2 driving to work (though, oddly, never on the way home).

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  • Jane
  • 11-06-2015

Pg Wodehouse perfection

Absolutely fantastic. A masterpiece. The tales of Bertie and Jeeves are wonderful. Bertie teaches us that it is enough to be kind. I have every Jeeves and Wooster narrated by Jonathan Cecil. He reads these perfect stories perfectly and this combination (in my mind) makes the world better. Listen to them all without delay!

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  • PM
  • 03-03-2017

delightful

Excellent performance gave life to the words! The story is full of humour - especially on anything cat related - most enjoyable.

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  • Ralphesq
  • 14-01-2015

Wonderful Wodehouse

A fitting final chapter to the Wodehouse/Wooster canon, sensational reading from Cecil the definitive narrator. Great characters, especially Plank and of course the cat who kept popping up when least expected.