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The Times has announced, much to Bertie's astonishment, the news of his engagement to the beautiful Bobbie Wickham. But worse is to come....Uncle Tom's antique silver cow-creamer has gone missing; Kipper Herring has libelled his and Bertie's former headmaster; leading British psychiatrist Sir Roderick Glossop is posing as a butler; and Aunt Dahlia's masterly French chef, Anatole, is once again becoming a pawn in a terrible power struggle. By a rare stroke of genius, Bertie finds a solution; he recalls Jeeves from his annual holiday, and the incomparable manservant sorts everybody out in his usual imperturbable style.
©2014 P.G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Dave Brown
  • 22-12-2008

Awful audio quality, good book

Sounds like it was originally recorded on a grammophone, converted to tape, and then converted to audible format. There were passages that were literally undecipherable even in format 4. The book itself is quite good, feeling like a true Jeeves novel, with an appropriate laughable ending. But find another recording and save your poor ears.

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  • Arthur
  • 24-05-2011

Terrible naration

As always Jeeves and Bertie continue to entertain BUT the naration was almost intolerable. It was like hearing chalk on a blackboard. I was tempted several times to give up listening but suffered through it because I enjoy the characters so much.

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  • klo
  • 24-12-2016

story fun, don't like reader

I always love stories about Bertie and Jeeves but found the reading annoying. It should be a but more posh and definitely not so harsh. I found it a bit difficult to always know which character was speaking.

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  • Wayne Goode
  • 09-06-2020

Good book, but horrid narration

An enjoyable, typical Wodehouse story. However the narrator portrays Bertie Wooster with a slight speech impediment: a hesitation or mild stutter. (You don't hear it in the preview.) This makes the story unlistenable. Unfortunately, the only other version of this book from Aubible has problems too. It is narrated by Frederick Davidson, usually my favorite Wodehouse narrator. However he had voice problems in this book. I don't know which version of this book has the worst narration.

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  • eric
  • 09-05-2019

Jeeves & Cecil in the Offing

Jeeves and narrator Jonathan Cecil are both sorely missed throughout the perfomance of this short novel. Unlike other of Bertie's bungles, the situation is simple enough that even he appears to have it well in hand. Jeeves gets a mere nod as a plot device in his cameo appearance, leaving one to wonder if his great mind might not have been put to better use sorting out the sudden onset of his young master's inconsistant stutter. Ah, well, perhaps something trully terrifying in his encounters, past and present, with his former school master give rise to this testing attribute. We will never know...no matter how many times we listen this book.

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  • AudiobookDevotee
  • 10-01-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable

ian Carmichael gave a fantastic narration. One of his best. I haven't heard much Wodehouse but I really liked this Wooster is a likeable plonker rather than a halfwit in need of his career as he is sometimes portrayed. Keeps you entertained and quite funny. I normally listen only on my commute but ended up listening in the office (not firm policy) and trying to explain bursts of laughter!

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  • Merete
  • 28-08-2013

Good story, not a favourite narrator

What three words best describe Ian Carmichael’s performance?

At first, I was a little put off by the fact that the narrator talks so quickly. Several times I had to rewind a bit and listen to something one or two times more before I could make out what it was. I got over that as I got used to the speed though. Only, the more I got used to the speed with which this is narrated, the more I started noticing the fact that the narrator seems to think that Bertie has a speech defect! Often when Bertie is saying something, he sounds like he's nearly stuttering and this doesn't seem to happen with any of the other characters. I found it quite annoying, as I'm pretty certain there has been no mention before of Bertie having this sort of trouble.

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  • Ann Watson
  • 30-06-2013

No review needed!

What did you like most about Jeeves in the Offing?

You either 'get' Wodehouse and love him as I do or you don't.

What does Ian Carmichael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ian Carmichael and Jonathan Cecil are the only two narrators who can do justice to Jeeves and Wooster. Sorry Martin Jarvis - love your William but Wooster : NO, NO, NO.

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  • BIW
  • 03-06-2018

Sorry, too fast

Had to return it as was read too fast for my taste, Sorry to have to return it. Will try another reader.

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  • Mitzie
  • 02-07-2015

story spoiled by narration

Found the words difficult to hear, as the narrator speaks very quickly. This should be a relaxing listen, given the story, but instead the over- rapid narration makes it a tense listening experience, in which the pleasure of Wodehouse's language is much diminished by the narration. I would not recommend this narrator.

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  • Liv
  • 16-10-2020

Neither the best Wodehouse nor the best narrator

Will stick to Jonathan Cecil in future, this narrator garbles a bit. Ironic cos this late Wodehouse also has rather a garbled plot. Bad Wodehouse is still significantly better than almost anyone else writing in the English language, but there are 100 books to choose from so easy to find one better.

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  • Steve Brown
  • 22-01-2020

One of Wodehouse's best

Classic Wodehouse with a particularly well-crafted plot. Ian Carmichael's narration was first class and a worthy successor to Jonathan Cecil.

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