Monday, May 17, 2010

Doing the Dishes with Jeeves and Wooster

Hmm. What should I title this post? How to survive doing the dishes?  Not enough P. G. Wodehouse. We love Jeeves and Wooster.

While doing the dishes, my children love to listen to books on CD or tape--whatever the case may be--from the library. Unfortunately, we ran out! No more Jeeves and Wooster to listen to.

Most people are probably familiar with the TV series, but it is the books that are a sheer delight. Wodehouse's use of the English language is unsurpassed. He stretches your vocabulary to new heights. His plots are crazy, keeping the reader (listener) guessing. His characters are hilarious, in fact, quite zany!

The one caveat is that they really are not for little kids. Many of them are about Wooster's romantic escapades. In other words, for whatever reason, depending on the character, he doesn't want to get married--at least not yet. He also uses a choice word here or there. Nothing crude, tasteless, or vulgar. Just moments of exasperation. Not a problem for the mature listener. Sorry, I don't remember which book(s), since some books don't seem to have any extraneous language.

There are several books on CD. Unfortunately, our library does not have all the recorded books.Older versions are on cassette. Yes, some voices are better than others. Jonathan Cecil and Martin Jarvis are favorites. Some voices don't make it past the first few minutes. I won't say who.
After listening to Jeeves and Wooster, nicknames ("Stinker" Pinker, Bingo, and Corky), meddlesome Aunts, Newts, and cow creamers will have a totally new meaning. When you need a good break and want to lift up your sagging spirits, try P. G.Wodehouse.

Carry on Jeeves, The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue, Jeeves and the Mating Season, etc.

BBC Audiobooks America

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