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What is that quote by Samuel Clements? It was something to the effect that anyone attempting to discover a moral to one of his stories should be shot. I think that is an excellent moral be applied to this and all P.G. Woodhouse stories. There are no life lessons to gleaned, no overarching principles just goofiness and fun. Bertie Wooster is just about the most pathetic bumbler in the most dysfunctional family ever. He stumbles into and out of one mishap into another like the character in the movie "Arthur" with Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. Naturally, it is the butler Jeeves, the only adult, who time after time pulls the bacon from fire. Nicolas Coster gives full scope for that stiff upper class British humor to take over. It was a joy to listen to him.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Great classice Wodehouse but Nicolas Coster just misses the right sound. His voice is pleasant but he emphasizes the wrong words so the humor disappears, and he sounds a little elderly for young Bertram Wooster. I prefer the same stories, different voice.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
You know when you have an image of what a character looks and sounds like in your head? Well this narrator just *isn't* Bertie Wooster for me. He's too old for the character and sounds somewhat american. He also mispronounces a few words - for example he doesn't seem to know that olde english hunting cry 'View Halloo!'
Pity, because it's a great story but the narration really spoiled it for me.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
One of my favourite Jeeves books, but a terrible reader. I absolutely agree with Margater about mispronounciations and emphasis. Such a disappointment after the wonderful Jonathan Cecil readings. What a pity he doesn't seem to have recorded this one.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful