Joy in the Morning Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably give way at the knees, for among those present are Florence Craye, to whom Bertie had once been engaged; her new fiancé, "Stilton" Cheesewright, who sees Bertie as a snake in the grass; and that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout, who is busy doing acts of kindness out of sheer malevolence. All of Bertie's forebodings are fully justified, for in his efforts to oil the wheels of commerce, promote the course of true love, and avoid the consequences of a vendetta, he becomes the prey of all and sundry. In fact only Jeeves can save him.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 57 minutes|
|Author||P. G. Wodehouse|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 28, 2016|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #98,539 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,244 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,887 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,720 in Humorous Fiction (Books)
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This falls into the tradition of humorous novels that depend on a close relationship between master and man servant, where the servant is in many instances more savvy than the master.
I'm reminded of Pickwick and Sam Weller, as well as Phineas Fogg and Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days.
This book is just a pure joy to read anytime of day. Lighthearted and yet somehow fully engaging and always entertaining Joy In The Morning will satisfy Wodehouse fans and addict those who are reading him for the first time.
As the novel opens, Bertie Wooster has just emerged from being in the soup once again. What this soup was and how he escaped it is the story that follows. In this case, Bertie is coerced into going to one of his least favorite places, Steeple Bumpleigh, home to his dread Aunt Agatha. (Is there a more terrifying figure in comic fiction than Agatha?) Her husband, Bertie's Uncle Percival, needs Bertie to participate in a ruse that will help cinch a business deal. It is not a job that Bertie relishes, and the only the assurance of Aunt Agatha's absence allows him to screw up the courage to make the trip.
Of course, there are complications. For one thing, Percival's ward Nobby has fallen for Boko Fittleworth, and while the love is mutual, Percival - whose consent is needed for their marriage - has nothing but loathing for Boko. A scheme is needed to win over Percival, and Bertie will be recruited to play a part. Also at Steeple Bumpleigh is Florence Craye, an ex-fiancee of Bertie's who is now engaged to the easily jealous policeman, Stilton Cartwright. An argument and a misunderstanding will find her re-betrothed to Bertie and him a target of Stilton's wrath.
Bertie is a well-meaning but not-so-bright fellow who tends to get into trouble through accident and the manipulation of others. Left alone, life would be easy, but there are too many who force Bertie's involvement. Fortunately, there is his valet, Jeeves, who is able to solve nearly any problem.
The joy of reading a Jeeves and Wooster novel is Bertie's delightful narration with its unique enhancements to the English language. This is a book that is pure fun with no great insights or deep characters. It may be fluff, but it is five-star fluff and a great diversion.
Top reviews from other countries
This particular story is one of the Jeeves and Wooster stories where the gentleman's valet, Jeeves gets his boss, the idiot Wooster, out of one scrape after another. The critics found this one hilarious in the 1930s and it is still humorous now. A touch like Fawlty Towers reworked as a novel.
Firstly, we can tell that, whatever fate throws at Bertie, he'll come out more-or-less unscathed and smiling.
Secondly, it's all so charming. Blessed, of course, by his highly privileged lifestyle, Wooster nevetheless always retains an unduly cheerful and chipper demeanour: life remains slightly sweetened and rose-tinted, whatever the circumstances. Adventures come and go, but there's no REAL suffering or pain.
Finally, of course, what makes the whole reading experience special is Wodehouse's delightful verbal creativity.
All-in-all, highly enjoyable entertainment.