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Carry on, Jeeves (Jeeves, #3)
4.5 stars. Really, really witty and fun and funny, and just generally delightful--I'm sure to read the actual book is great, but if you're so inclined, this is an excellent choice for audiobook. I'm so not a short story person, so I always avoided these even those everyone seems to love them and they're always getting recommended to be on account of my whoreishness for this type of upper-crusty old-timey British fancyness--but for some reason on audio, they worked perfectly for me. My version is read by Martin Jarvis, who is incredible--he does the most perfect and distinct voices for every single character that I was looking at the box to make sure it wasn't a full cast--and it's accented by this jazzy 20s music that makes you to want to grab a cocktail shaker. This is definitely one of the best audio productions I've ever heard, rivaled only possibly by Jim Dale's Harry Potter. All the stories are basically the same--good-natured, idiotic aristocrat Wooster gets in a jam himself, or else one of his dumb friends does, and his "man" Jeeves, dispassionate, droll, and very clever, has to fix it--repetetive, yes, but it works. Maybe what I liked so much was that it indulged the desire, of which I'm vaguely ashamed, to read stories about rich folk in the glamourous, pre-World War 2, servant-having olden days--politically, I don't like this about myself; shouldn't I be just as interested in stories of regular people in non-fashionable circumstances? Am I so shallow that I need porny descriptions of pretty houses and dresses and art and travel??--while at the same time making the rich guy a moronic example of useless idle aristocracy, and the working class man the capable savior. Hereby indulging my populist sympathies...everybody wins.
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