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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 1, 2005
Though I've read and loved the Bertie Wooster canon, listening to Jonathan Cecil's vocal renderings have added an entirely new dimension to Wodehouse's works. "Right Ho, Jeeves" was never my best-loved Wodehouse, but after hearing it read by Cecil, "RHJ" has become my all-time favorite.

Cecil's character voices are pitch perfect. If you've ever heard Madeline Bassett's voice in your head saying that "the stars are God's daisy chain," it probably sounds exactly like Cecil's breathless falsetto. And he perfectly captures Aunt Dahlia's purring timbre as she sardonically instructs Bertie on the steps he must take to drown himself in the kitchen garden pond.

Cecil manages to slip seamlessly from one voice to another. Though the scene of Gussie Fink-Nottle awarding prizes at Market Snodsbury Grammar School is generally ranked as one of the funniest scenes in literature and Cecil's impersonation of the normally abstemious Gussie now slurring drunk at the podium was certainly inspired, the real high point of this audio version is Cecil's virtuoso reenactment of star chef Anatole's fit of the vapors spoken in some sort of "Provence-anglais," with Bertie, Aunt Dahlia, Gussie, and Seppings the uptight butler taking seamless part in the conversation. Listen and you will gain a new appreciation of the genius of Wodehouse - and Cecil.

I've listened to other Wodehouse audio stylists and Cecil's performances are by far the best. Unlike many other readers, each voice sounds absolutely unique - I often wonder what Cecil's real voice sounds like.

If you're interested in trying Wooster on audio, try this one first. Best heard while driving to work - it's always great to start the day with a laugh.
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