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Ring for Jeeves

Written by: P. G. Wodehouse
Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
Series: Jeeves
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins

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Captain Biggar, big-game hunter and all round tough guy, should make short work of the two bookies who have absconded with his winnings after a freak double made him a fortune. But on this occasion Honest Patch Perkins and his clerk are not as they seem. In fact they're not bookies at all, but the impoverished Bill Belfry, Ninth Earl of Rowcester and his temporary butler, Jeeves.

Bertie Wooster has gone away to a special school teaching the aristocracy to fend for itself 'in case the social revolution sets in with even greater severity'. But Jeeves will prove just as resourceful without his young master, and brilliant brainwork may yet square the impossible circle for all concerned.

©2014 P.G. Wodehouse (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Sarah
  • 22-11-08

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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  • Tad Davis
  • 06-03-16

Delightful

I avoided this for a long time because Bertie Wooster isn't in it. Big mistake. It's a delightful story, every bit as laugh-out-loud funny as any Wooster and Jeeves outing, and Nigel Lambert is a wonderful reader. Wodehouse treats his characters badly, ratcheting up the tension and the potential calamities down to the last 15 minutes - and then Jeeves, as always, saves the day with a few brilliant, fish-fed suggestions. It's all based on the psychology of the individual - and no one is better manager of that than Jeeves.

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  • Kehrin
  • 07-05-12

A fun romp

I'm a big fan of Wodehouse and have most of the audiobooks and love them all. This one have a fun story and was a bit different, being that Bertie Wooster is only mentioned and Jeeves is on lone to the hero of this story. It takes place after WWII in an England where the aristocracy had lost much of it's power and wealth and the characters watch horse races on tv. The story itself is basically the typical Wodehouse kind of story, ludicrous and pretty funny. The reader does a great job, and I enjoyed it a lot. Not quite as funny and the Jeeves and Wooster stories, but still plenty of fun.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-19

Excellent Story, Ruinous Narration

This is a very disappointing audiobook. I’ve always enjoyed the novel itself, not least for its novelty of being a Jeeves story without Bertie Wooster, but the narration here is awful.

The prose is fine, but each voice the narrator chooses for the principle characters is worse than the last. He gives several characters what I can only describe as speech impediments, which makes for a wretched listening experience. I threw in the towel at Chapter 8.

Wodehouse books narrated by Martin Jarvis or Jonathan Cecil are a joy. This is closer to getting two weeks without the option from Sir Watkin Bassett while working in his professional capacity at Bosher St.

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  • Christy Lynn
  • 30-08-11

Brilliant narration!

Nigel Lambert's narration is a perfect complement for Wodehouse's story! The characters come to life!

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  • S. Elder
  • 20-02-06

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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  • Myrtle
  • 21-02-20

Brilliantly unexpected

A series of witty coincidences and total blunders which still allow a totally unexpected happy ending.

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  • Geetanjali K. Singh
  • 24-08-17

Love Will Find A Way

Surprised ending was nice surprise. The description of the old mansion added extra flavor to the story. I've been such locations and there is always talk of repair and sale. Wish the character of the adventurer had been fleshed out more.

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  • Daniel
  • 16-07-16

No Wooster, but classic Wodehouse

This story has everything you expect from a Jeeves story (except Wooster); gambling (horse races), lords "in the soup", complicated relationships, money trouble and the threat of violence.
Regarding the reading performance, it is very good, but the american accent is terrible. This is not something that usually disturbs me - I expect it, and it can even be endearing (the reader is English, after all), but the exaggerated intrusive 'R', which is typically found in UK accents is here used in an effort to americanise the speech (which is of course backwards) became grating. Not enough by far to make me not recommend it, but I do have to remove points for it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 19-08-14

Jeeves and Wooster, without Wooster

A different take on the theme of the series, featuring the wonderful Jeeves getting young gents out of "the soup", but without Bertie Wooster as the prime subject. Not to worry, his friend in lieu was just as mixed up in various difficulties as ever, with another unique assortment of colorful friends and relations at a country house, often working at cross-purposes. It was an enjoyable set of twists of fate and caricatures. I had to be careful where I listened lest I laugh out loud too much.