Carry on, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (Amazon link)
Rating: Very Good
Description: A Gentleman of Leisure is a comic novel dedicated to Douglas Fairbanks--who starred in the film version; in Hot Water, J. Wellington Gedge is the man who has everything--but finds himself caught in a series of international events. Summer Moonshine involves a complicated love quadrangle and what is probably the ugliest home in England; and Carry On, Jeeves is a collection of stories in which Jeeves the charge and a familiar bevy of individuals appeal to him to solve their problems.
Why I Picked This Book: I had heard about Jeeves but knew almost nothing about him. This seemed like a fun way to get to know the characters.
My Impression: Jeeves is one of those characters whose name is so much a part of the vocabulary that I can't quite say where I first heard about him. But to be honest I didn't know much about him other than that he was the quintessential butler. I've been wanting to read P.G. Wodehouse for sometime as his name is frequently mentioned with the name of some of my favorite authors such as Agatha Christie. So I was thrilled to discover that my library happened to have an audio of Carry On, Jeeve and I downloaded it immediately. It wasn't quite what I expected - I think I expected more mystery but what I found was an absolute delight. This volume consists of 7 short stories where poor Bertie is drug into one calamity after another while trying to help his friends. Bertie always means well but the results lean towards the disastrous but luckily Jeeves is there to unobtrusively right the ship.
This short volume was originally published in 1925 and while the surroundings definitely come from that time period the language is so fresh and light that it doesn't feel dated. It was really a fun book to listen to and one that I was sad to see end. I definitely see building a collection of Wodehouse in my future. I think Jeeves would be the perfect character to run too for some comfort reading. My only complaint with this book was that the stories didn't really seem to connect together and didn't seem to have a connected timeline but while I might have liked it slightly more that way I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am anxious to read or listen to more.
Martin Jarvis did the narration on the edition that I listened to and I thought he did a fantastic job. His voices felt spot on and I loved the contrast of Jeeves deeper calm almost monotone voice to Bertie's much more animated sometimes to the point of flustered voice.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely! Especially if I could get any of the other stories in audio. This was an absolute delight.
Would I Recommend this Book?: I would. I think most readers would enjoy these stories.