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“My Man Jeeves: The Jeeves and Wooster Se­ries” by P.G. Wode­house, nar­rated by Jonathan Ce­cil, Black­stone, 4:51

This year marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the ap­pear­ance of P.G. Wode­house’s great­est gift to the world: Ber­tie Wooster and Jeeves. To honor the oc­ca­sion, Black­stone has rere­leased the late great ac­tor Jonathan Ce­cil’s nar­ra­tion of the sto­ries in which the fa­mous duo first fig­ure. Scion of mar­quesses and an old Eto­nian, Ce­cil is match­less in ren­der­ing Ber­tie, the up­per-class twit non­pareil and comes right up to the mark — as Ber­tie might say — in de­liv­er­ing Jeeves, his low, hol­low tones cryp­tic and with­er­ing when it comes his charge’s sar­to­rial whims. (“‘In­ju­di­cious, sir,’ he said firmly. ‘It will not be­come you.’ ”) Four of the sto­ries star our he­roes, all set in New York, where Ber­tie finds him­self en­tan­gled with wastrels even more hap­less than he is. The re­main­ing four fea­ture idle young men of “al­most hu­man in­tel­li­gence” and their sev­eral tribu­la­tions. A fes­ti­val of lan­guage, happy con­ceit and peer­less de­liv­ery: This is a record­ing for the ages.

HAMISH BROWN

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