“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.