• My Man Jeeves

  • The Jeeves and Wooster Series
  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (763 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is coolheaded and poised. 

This audiobook, the first collection of Jeeves and Wooster stories, includes "Absent Treatment", "Helping Freddie", "Rallying Round Old George", "Doing Clarence a Bit of Good", "Fixing It for Freddie", and "Bertie Changes His Mind".

Public Domain (P)2010 AudioGO

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Wodehouse + Cecil = comic perfection

I’ve listened to several readers of Wodehouse but Jonathan Cecil is easily my favorite. If the cover art said “Read by the Author,” I wouldn’t doubt it for a second. Cecil delivers the character, tone and timing so perfectly, I would think he wrote these stories himself based on personal experience. My Man Jeeves contains some of the earliest Jeeves stories. Later novels may have more funny lines per page, but these stories are still highly quotable. Examples:

“She fitted into my biggest arm-chair as if it had been built round her by someone who knew they were wearing arm-chairs tight about the hips that season.”

“And so the merry party began. It was one of those jolly, happy, bread-crumbling parties where you cough twice before you speak, and then decide not to say it after all.”


“What ho!” I said.
“What ho!” said Motty.
“What ho! What ho!”
“What ho! What ho! What ho!”
After that it seemed rather difficult to go on with the conversation.

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For Addicts Only

Hi, everyone. My name is John, and I’m a Wodehouse addict. My suppliers ran out of the “pure” stuff—books written after Wodehouse hit his comic stride—and I’m surviving on earlier, journeyman work: The Man Upstairs, The Man with Two Left Feet, and My Man Jeeves.

Only an addict could care if four of these stories feature the first avatar of Bertie and Jeeves: Reggie Pepper and his man, Voules. Or that two of them will be rewritten later, with Bertie and Jeeves at the helm. The other two Pepper stories are the runts of this litter: loose-jointed tales, with flashes of PGW’s wit yet lacking his trademark snap and ginger. Nevertheless, for the hopelessly addicted, points of interest abound ("Voules" is later used as the name of the Blandings Castle chauffeur; in the latter rewrite of "Helping Freddie", Jeeves provides a much more satisfying segue to the solution of Bertie's quandary).

But if you’re just getting into Wodehouse, you’ll find better versions of the four Jeeves and Wooster stories (along with those two rewritten Pepper yarns) in the much more enjoyable collection, Carry On, Jeeves. As always, Jonathan Cecil brings everything he has to the mic, which means that, whether the story is a winner or not, the performance is perfect.

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Burtie and Reggie and Jeeves.

This is a collection of short stories not only from Jeeves and Wooster but also another series with Reggie P. They were all enjoyable and the narrator continues to impress with his various voices.

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Excellent!

I absolutely loved this book. So funny, so well written and performed. I want to listen to them all!

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very entertaining

takes me out of my world and into a very foreign one with some silliness!

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Simply wonderful

The first time I heard Wooster and Jeeves was B.J. Harrison reading My Man Jeeves. And that was probably ten years ago. The next thing I found was Wooster & Jeeves with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry and that was just plain brilliant. I have just fallen in love with all the P.G. Wodehouse stories.

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Not all Birdie and Jeeves

Stories are a bunch of short ones. Some are better than others. They're not all about Birdy and Jeeves.

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Cecil and Woodhouse: a BRILLIANT Combination

Jonathan Cecil IS the voice of P G. Woodhouse characters....

He clearly rehearses such that there are no stumbles - I am transported to the Salon with the antagonist and sound tea as he rambles on. I am just trying to time my sips so that I don't spray at my new friend.

I greatly enjoy how the books refer back to characters in other books. I feel such a surge of joy when I recall the back story of a person, family, location. (the way you do when you are reminiscing old friends)

Always such fun!

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Lost my attention

This is a cute book, the characters are very endearing and the narration is excellent. My only qualm is the the stories are a bit predictable and ultimately couldn’t keep my attention.

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Fun

This was lovely and witty and the narrator did it justice. I really enjoyed it

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  • AVERIL FERGUSON
  • 01-29-20

My Man Jeeves

Brilliantly funny. Listen to this when lying in bed and was actually laughing out loud, much to my husbands amusement lol! Very very funny love them.

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  • Kilrymont
  • 01-17-22

Made by its reader

Jonathan Cecil was a relatively minor actor of the sort produced by English theatre by the dozen in earlier times. Prior to finding his name in these lists he was one of those faces who'd be instantly recognised but I'd remain unable to name. In this and other voice performances Cecil is close to ideal, acting out all the voices so skilfully that the result is very difficult to imagine being improved upon.
His performance makes this Wodehouse excellent in every way, and although the book itself is a classic, it's greatly elevated by the brilliance of Mr Cecil's having nailed the book's reading-needs so utterly perfectly.

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  • Anneke Korfker
  • 09-03-21

Witty and highly entertaining

These stories really took my mind of things, with their wit and inventiveness. The narrator matcht the stories very well. The only thing I didn’t like was that the title suggested these were all Jeeves and Wooster stories, and I think only half of them really was. Did make it a good introduction to PG Wodehouse though.

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  • Alžběta
  • 02-23-22

Jonathan Cecil's genius knows no bounds!

Jonathan Cecil's genius knows no bounds! I have always enjoyed Wodehouse but listening to the audiobook versions is a new experience for me. Jonathan Cecil makes the already almost impossibly perfect Wodehouse even better and more hilarious. Absolutely splendid!

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  • H Maxwell
  • 06-05-22

excellent stories

These are excellent stories and very well read. I really enjoyed the clever dry humour

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  • RoMO
  • 04-09-22

Not the finished article!

I downloaded this audiobook assuming from the title that these were Jeeves and Worcester stories, two or three of them contain Jeeves, some contain a manservant with a different personality, some contain Worcester some another man of similar characteristics called Pepper. Although slightly disappointed by this there were compensations in being able to observe these early attempts by the author to develop what became the phenomenon that is ‘Jeeves and Worcester’. Fascinating to see what he tried and subsequently discarded and what he decided to keep. Well worth the listen but not the finished article.

For me the voice of the reader sounds too old as the narrative is of course told in the first person of Pepper/Worcester. It can be improved a bit by speeding it up slightly.

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  • Stephen James Reid
  • 02-25-22

Lovely words, but a bit predictable

I was surprised that they're not all Jeeves and Wooster stories, but thankful as all the stories seem somewhat predictable in the direction. Really splendid wordplay, and fantastically different in style to anything else.

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  • M Green
  • 02-13-22

A good listening experience.

The usual classic tales of foolishness and silly scrapes with Jeeves coming to the rescue.

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  • LB
  • 02-01-22

Not all Jeeves stories

Not all Jeeves stories but very entertaining. Well read. Good length of chapters lengtg

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  • Julian Franklin
  • 12-05-21

Hilarious fun.

Not having been acquainted with Jeeves and Wooster, I cannot wait to find another audible book in the same vein.

I laughed out loud so many times to wonderful turns of phrase produced so well by the excellent Jonathan Cecil. I only wish he'd read more slowly, so as to be able to savour his excellent vocal rendition.

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  • SparklesandLace
  • 05-31-22

Jonathan Cecil is the ultimate Wodehouse narrator

You can never go wrong with a Wodehouse tale or two. Narrator is my favourite for these books.

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  • Mike Borg
  • 03-10-22

Entertaining in small doses

Small stories about a rich British guy and his butler. It was quite entertaining and the narration was very well executed. However, I just wasn't in the mood for light stories and was soon getting bored. Listening to a chatty, shallow man can only entertain so much before I felt that I wasn't really enjoying this. Had to bail half way.