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Using all humor-devices at his disposal, Wodehouse delivers a truly timeless classic in The Mating Season. The hero, Bertram Wilberforce Wooster (Bertie to his intimates) is helplessly drawn into a three-act fiasco in his feeble attempts to aid school-chums straighten out lovers quarrels. Add a dose of self-preservation (frantically avoiding marriage with Madeline Basset as per usual), large dogs, and over-starched butlers and the stage is set. Jeeves, Bertie's personal manservant and the brains behind all solutions, convinces Bertie to impersonate a friend-in-distress and that begins a roll-call of other impersonations.
I can re-read this every few years but am never quite prepared for the waves of laughter for the village concert, especially the violin solo, Master George's BenBattle rendition, or when the knockabout cross-talk act scene arrives. The delivery of one liners and range of voices displayed by Jonathan Cecil is truly astounding and I urge you to give this book a listen.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Jonathan Cecil's performance cannot be bettered. This book is the funniest of all the PG Woodhouse books I've read so far. All in all it is delightful, lighthearted, laugh out loud Woodhouse at its best.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would thoroughly recommend this book as it takes you back to a carefree time when gentlemen were gentlemen and life was one jolly jape after another
What did you like best about this story?
I like the style of Wodehouse's writing. His turn of phrase is sublime. The many aunts of Bertie's give great amusement
Have you listened to any of Jonathan Cecil’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have listened to all of Jonathan 's performances and he is a master in capturing the characters within the book. You could say that all the books follow the same general storyline but I find them all full of humour and enjoyment
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh in many places, especially when he was in a tight spot with being discovered as impersonating Gussie and when Jeeves has to step in and save the day
Any additional comments?
Jonathan Cecil is a wonderful narrator and suits these books perfectly
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Jonathan Cecil is masterful. Jonathan Cecil is masterful.
Shall i say it again? These are some of the best narrated audio books available.
Quite good. I would not recommend this narrator. The characters' voices blend together at times, which makes it difficult to follow. Much prefer Wodehouse read by Martin Jarvis.