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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 has a cagey sense of self-preservation and, what's more, 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 that innate shrewdness 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. Then there is his good-heartedness: 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, but they all link together as chapters in an ongoing story. And that story is simply one of Wodehouse's most delightful and entertaining.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Beautifully narrated and superb Wodehouse prose - just a delight. I can't wait to download more - and to re-listen to this one.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Inimitable Jeeves again? Why?
Narration of some parts is very good and definitely a repeat listen.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ofcourse its Jeeves
What about Frederick Davidson’s performance did you like?
His way of reliving the old accents and the phrases.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not particularly moved but the overall experience was a great one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful