The Code of the Woosters Audible Audiobook – Abridged
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Abridged novel depicting the sinister affair of the 18th century cow-creamer and the small, brown, leather-covered notebook tests the Wooster soul as it has never been tested before. Friends and relations, in urgent need, queue up to beg for assistance in a variety of troublesome situations, and ruthless enemies stop at nothing in their determination to bring Bertie down.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 58 minutes|
|Author||P. G. Wodehouse|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 17, 2011|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #66,652 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#178 in Satirical Literature & Fiction
#1,689 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,024 in Fiction Satire
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
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In the case of the 'Woosters', as Bertie connives to steal a cow creamer from an ex-allum, other people become a part of Bertie's world, and other somber convictions turn into plots to commit college dorm-like pranks. "'A ruse"', replies Bertie Wooster to this deduction-"That's right-one of the ruses, and not the worst of them. Nice work Jeeves." This is about how vanity becomes the mark of a small society as a few individuals with 'offending sensabilities' direct the sporadic angst within a clique of social club members.
Surprises are wrought from Wodehouse's pen with dexterity. Conflicts make a left turn, a character plots on or becomes distressed, often sliding in morality. As regards the story, if you're like me, you admire people who are nice, whose humanity is there to stay on the page to read about-even as where plunged into further calamity. Wodehouse's skill as a writer makes these great swings. For these not-well-prioritised lives, a loss of a small object of value creates an empathy towards one or more of these provocateurs. An expulsion of emotion becomes a plea to a butler, an aunt, or other close conspirator. The twists transpire like sketches in a freestyle comedy show; pages of the book are turned, and the reading experience is quick and fraught with fun and humor. These are the most outrageous pranks; there is not even a small impression of a contriving hand by an over eager author. Read on with this story, the hero's foibles are explained, and you're hooked.
P.G. Wodehouse in his novel "The Code of The Woosters" does an unbelievable job of bringing out the voices of the cast of characters in the dialouges through-out the work. Wodehouse's foresight is effete. There are alot of expressions used, particularly by Bertrand Wooster. Some are orthodox, but many are just thrown in, voiced by Bertie with a casual nonchalance as he talks to himself, or to Jeeves, his butler. Despite these high-flown expressions the reader knows exactly what the words mean. A saying is invoked, and we know Bertie's demeaner, what he is thinking-all just based on what we've read before. Bertie, or Bertrand, and his fellow peers have discussions which are casual, informal, and portray affectations and related curtness within a circle of comrades. As I discerned the words, I shook hands with a magistrate or a gentleman. A brisk cultivation transpired in my meetings with Bertie Wooster and Stephanie Bing('Stiffy').
The Code of the Woosters is the seventh novel featuring Jeeves and his hapless employer, Bertie Wooster. At several points in the tale, the first-person narrator, Bertie, refers to incidents portrayed in the earlier books. Wodehouse explains just enough to minimize confusion. As a result, the book reads like a standalone tale.
A classic comic novel that's still funny today
Nowhere in this comedy of manners does anything truly serious take place. A plot unfolds, things happen, and matters are resolved in the end. But what is most distinctive of Wodehouse's writing is his peerless skill with the English language. Nobody else writes like P. G. Wodehouse. The narrative is endlessly colorful, the dialogue precious. Consider these examples:
** A man known as Gussie is a recurring character in the Jeeves novels. In The Code of the Woosters, Bertie "mused on Augustus Fink-Nottle for a moment, recalling how he had always stood by himself in the chump class."
** "There are moments, Jeeves," Bertie says, "when one asks oneself 'Do trousers matter?'" Jeeves replies, "The mood will pass, sir."
** "Unfortunately, however, if there was one thing circumstances weren't, it was different from what they were." Who else could possibly get away with a sentence like that?
Maybe you don't find any of these things witty. I do. Wodehouse writes about the buffoons and blowhards of the English upper-middle class with his tongue gently lodged in his cheek. The Code of the Woosters is a novel of the absurd. If you enjoy the artful use of language, you'll love the book.
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Many of the old favourite characters make an appearance with Aunt Dahlia as ebullient and strident as ever while Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeleine Bassett continue their feeble meandering through the world. We also meet some new characters who will develop into central figures in the Wooster oeuvre: Sir Watkyn Bassett (former magistrate and father of the simpering Madeleine), Roderick Spode, would-be leader of men, and Stephanie ("Stiffy") Byng, neice and ward of Sir Watkyn and the owner of Bartholomew, the redoubtable Aberdeen terrier.
Roderick Spode is an interesting character as he represents almost the only instance of Wodehouse indulging in political satire. Spode is an aspiring politician and is clearly modelled on Sir Oswald Mosley, leading a far-right group called 'The Saviours of Britain' who roam the streets wearing black shorts (yes, shorts rather than shirts, because, as Gussie Fink-Nottle explains to Bertie, 'by the time Spode formed his association, there were no shirts left'. He does, however, have a dark, zealously-guarded secret which will become central to the plot. He has also worshipped Madeleine and has sworn to punish anyone who in any way mars her happiness.
There are some classic set pieces here, on a par with Gussie's speech to the Market Snodsbury school from Right Ho, Jeeves, including bertie's first encounter with Sir Watkyn Bassett and Spode in an antique shop in the Brompton Road and Constable Oates's misadventure while cycling unaware of Bartholomew's proximity.
As is always the case with Wodehouse's novels, and particularly the adventures of Bertie and Jeeves, the plot is sinuous to the point of defeating summary. Suffice it to say that it revolves around a hideous silver cow creamer! The numerous twists are deftly managed, and all of the loose ends are resolved in full.
Pure entertainment from start to finish.
This BBC dramatisation has exactly the same effect. Fans of the Fry & Laurie version of Jeeves and Wooster need have no qualms about buying this version. Richard Briers' Bertie is superb, and if Michael Hordern's Jeeves lacks emotion, then that is entirely as it should be. Spode is also utterly believable (no small feat for a Wodehouse character!), unlike in the ITV Fry and Laurie version, where the book was spread over two episodes in series 2.
This version is laugh-out-loud funny, and thoroughly recommendable.