Female and left 39 behind more than two decades ago. Genres I like are procedural mysteries, history and historical fiction, and science fic
Completely engaged me. When our protagonist lapsed into broad Yorkshire speech, it took a little getting used to, but soon grew acustomed to it. This story was five stars all the way around. Highly recommended.
Enjoyable story. Lost my interest a few times, and the female characters were a little flatter that I've seen from Heyer. But I enjoyed it and the performance was excellent.
I thoroughly enjoyed this Heyer. Funny, charming, great hero. Daniel Philpott does an excellent job narrating, and I'm even comparing him to the beloved Mr. Armitage. I found this completely credit-worthy.
Very enjoyable listen! The broad Yorkshire accents could have make understanding some of the character difficult, but the narrator did an excellent job with them.
Fun story--classic Heyer.
It is 100 years earlier than Downton but has a lot of similar themes, the inheritance of an estate, feuding family members, upstairs & downstairs characters, and of course a romance. Heyer reinvented the Regency genre in the 20th century and they are generally predictable, but she does have a distinctive hero in this one, not the usual man about town. There is a subplot that is a sort of mystery and takes up too much time.
The narration is excellent. There are many similar characters, brothers & cousins, and Philpott makes them all distinctive. Also there is a plot point around the way the main character speaks and he renders that very well.
I kept seeing one of the Hemsworth brothers as the Ajax. (Liam or Chris would be lovely) A wonderfully charming tale with the least amount of problems for the characters. Narrator does a good job.
This is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer titles, and listening to the narration by Daniel Philpott makes it just perfect.
Hugo Darracott unexpectedly becomes the heir to his grandfather, Lord Darracott. They have never met, because Hugo's father married a "weaver's daughter" and was cut off by his snobbish, irascible sire. When Hugo arrives at the estate his grandfather shares with his widowed daughter-in-law and her two almost-grown children, he realizes that they are expecting to meet with an uneducated, uncouth common working man, so he decides to give them exactly what they expect.
In reality, Hugo is a (recently sold-out) major in the army, educated at Harrow, and vastly wealthier than anyone else in the family, so he has fun impersonating a hick (or whatever the British term would be for a hick). A major plot point involves the broad Yorkshire accent that Hugo affects as part of his spoof. I found it difficult to follow when reading the book, but the audiobook was so much better.
There are lots of characters, feuding valets, and skullduggery afoot, and Daniel Philpott finds the perfect voice for everyone. It's light on romance -- really more of a comedy of manners. This is one of Heyer's best comedies, though, so I highly recommend it to Heyer fans.
As I listened, I kept thinking what a wonderful play this story would make, something that never occurred to me when reading the book.
Still not sure. I do like to 'hear' the story, though I still have to refer to the print version sometimes to look up unfamiliar phrasing or decipher British pronunciations. Also, it is still bothersome that there are no track divisions in the audio version, so that I can skip back 3 or so minutes to re-listen to some wording I didn't understand, or when I'm interrupted by my husband or a phone call.
Perhaps the Major and Claude's visit to Rye; hilarious.
Ajax (Hugo) definitely; the Major had such FUN bamboozling the family in dumbing himself down to conform to the family's expectations of his status and academic learning, and Mr. Philpott did such an excellent reading of his dialogue.
Again, Ajax, because his performance in hoaxing the family was so entertaining.
I enjoy Georgette Heyer's novels so much because they make me laugh and chuckle and giggle; there's usually a bit of danger to characters' reputations - and sometimes actual danger - and serious parts, but there's always comedic relief, which she did so VERY well.