Another one for the 30s Mini-Challenge, but now, something completely different.

If ever a book could be better appreciated through an audiobook, then “Thank You, Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse read by Jonathan Cecil is it. The plot is almost a Mexican soap-opera, but the language, oh the language! And Jonathan Cecil’s accent! He takes the stereotype of the Oxford English to a baroque level which I found irresistible. The slightly nasal voice with which he pronounces things like “jolly good!” and “be a good chap” is priceless. I wish I could upload a sample here, but the best I can do is share a video of the book’s adaptation played by two of my favorite actors.  Stephen Fry (you must listen to his podcasts!) plays Jeeves and Hugh Laurie (any fellow House fans out there?) plays Bertie Wooster, his master.

And now that I’ve raved a bit about the language, I can quickly tell you about the story. “Thank You, Jeeves” is the first of the Jeeves and Wooster novels. Bertie Wooster is a banjolele aficionado, but others can’t seem to appreciate his art. Actually, his practice sessions force even his loyal butler Jeeves to resign. A despondent Bertie seeks refuge in a country cottage owned by his childhood friend, Lord Chuffnell (aka Chuffy), but soon after his arrival, Bertie’s peace is disturbed by the arrival of his American ex-fiancee and her father. Eventually, Chuffy and Bertie’s ex-fiancee fall in love and not long after have a major fall out because of a series of (unfortunate) misunderstandings. Bertie then decides to take the responsibility of uniting them on his shoulders.

What follows, is utter confusion and the most comical and twisted events imaginable. Be ready to LOL. Several times.

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