Ring for Jeeves : Jeeves

  • by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by Nigel Lambert
  • Series: Jeeves
  • 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bill, (Lord) Rowcester was well and truly in the gumbo. With the benefit of hindsight he could see that setting himself up as a Silver Ring bookie might not have been his smartest move ever. Particularly when being down on his dibbs threatens his oncoming nuptials with the sterling Jill Wyvern. Lucky for Bill he had the land-lease of Jeeves. Lucky indeed that the fish-fed mastermind's formidable genius was at liberty to take a header into such teasers as borrowing the stellar Mrs Spottsworth's pendent for an hour or three or overseeing the added ingredients of Abbey's Derby Dinner, to say nothing of his lordship's mauve pyjamas.

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Missing Birdie

I've read and listened to dozens of P.G. Wodehouse books over the years, and this was probably my least favorite. It seemed slow and I missed the lovable goofiness of Bertie Wooster. However, my main objection to this Audible book was the reader. His voice was difficult to understand, rather hoarse, and made the book drag even more. Next time I'll be more careful.
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- S. Elder

A sort of time capsule of post-war Britain

One of the things I like most about Wodehouse books is that everyone's always talking about money - having it, losing it, marrying for it, borrowing it - in great detail. The result is that you end up learning a lot about the economic conditions of the time in which the stories are set. And that's one of the best aspects of this book.

'Ring for Jeeves' is set in post-WWII Britain, when the term 'impoverished nobility' was more applicable than ever before: the economy was a mess, the pound had been devalued, and even titled aristocrats - who formerly had lived on 'private income' or income from large country estates - had to start getting real jobs and selling their 15-bedroom castles to Americans, who were the only ones with enough money to handle the upkeep.

The male members of the leisure class are forced to take jobs at Harrods-like department stores, and the 'delicately nurtured' female members are becoming more independent and career-minded: Hilarity ensues!

In many ways, the story feels like a Blandings Castle novel onto which Jeeves has been grafted. It's not entirely successful (apparently wrote the play first, and then turned it into a book, and I think the retrofitting is apparent) but overall it's a decent story, has some good moments of humor, and provides a great insight into the upper classes in the late 40s and early 50s.

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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2005
  • Publisher: Audible Studios