Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.
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Both the narrator's performance and the storyline was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed both. The characters were believable. I loved the way the plot developed. Was humorous and suspenseful.
I loved the Major for both his moral standards and sense of humour.
Mr. Philpott has a wonderful voice. However, his betrayal of each of his characters brought them to life. Georgette Heyer would have approved of Mr. Philpott's portrayal of them.
The hero, of course! I would be thoroughly entertained just by listening to his talking about his travels and the people around him.
This is a really good audio book. I definitely recommend it.
I have loved Georgette Heyer books since..forever. Each and everyone is a joy. I love that she writes a good story, the characters are believable, the clothes are something I would love to see. How many times can a person say wonderful in a review?
The narrator is just right and makes the book come to life.
I highly recommend this book. It has been over a quarter of century since I have read a Georgette Heyer book. I decided to give this book a try since I definitely didn't remember any of her books that I had read previously. I sure hope I didn't start with the cream of the crop! The narration was spot on! I will be looking for more books narrated by Philpott. The supporting cast of characters was a treasure. A good, old fashioned romance, with a nice mystery that was predictable, but handled so well. I chuckled many times during the last scene. I had gotten to know the characters so well at that point it was funny to hear their performances to ensure the family name was spared any tarnishing. Just goes to show a well written book can stand the test of time!
This is my best Audible listen yet. In an Audible book, I look for a good story (one that I find in some way inspiring as well as entertaining) that's decently read. My previous favourite would be Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings. But the Unknown Ajax isn't just decently read. Daniel Philpott's narration is fabulous, incredible. His voices, even his female voices, were spot on. Laugh-out-loud delightful. Characters were distinct and I felt the narration warmed me to them in a way that surpassed anything I would have experienced by reading alone.
Our hero's cheerful, humble confidence and competence and what it ultimately did for everyone around him. The story was a literary romp that offered me some surprising insight.
Never. I've now gone hunting for others of his narrations, but none of the titles particularly appeal. I wish he'd do more Heyer.
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I am a die-hard GH fan. My paperback copies are yellowing on my shelf and I have every unabridged romance title that Audible offers.
What does one say about GH titles? Escapism at its best! Is her history authentic? I don't know but she does her best to create a mood and a setting that you want to believe is authentic. Her characters are always delightful even if her stereotypes date her--she was writing in the 1930s. You know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are and you know who is gonna get the girl in the end. So what! Her books are always a delightful romp and THE UNKNOWN AJAX is no exception.
I have been delighting in reading and re-reading Heyer's novels for decades, and Hugo, the Unknown Ajax of the title, has always been one of my greatest favorites of her characters, so I was very pleased to find that an audiobook version was available.
I wouldn't have imagined that I could feel even greater affection for this book, but narrator Daniel Philpott made it happen, doubling and redoubling an already deep attachment. This is one of the best audiobook readings I have ever heard. He brilliantly and with impeccable consistency voiced each of the large cast of characters, each entirely distinct and marvelously, flawlessly performed. I will never again think of this book, or read the text, without hearing his character voices in my head.
I am not an avid review writer, but I do like to mention when I have issues with a narrator, as, obviously, an audio book's success with me relies almost entirely on the talent of the narrator. This narrator leaves much, if not everything, to be desired! His character voices were peevish and whiny and their individual voices seem to change as he moves through the story, so much so that I could not even differentiate from one character and the next. I kept having to rewind the story to try to figure out who was talking. Along with that, his monotone style of reading did not engross my brain in the story and I found my mind wandering...again, more rewinding. I finally gave up and removed the story from my player. I am very disappointed as many people say this is one of their favorite Georgette Heyer novels. I could not embrace the story with this narration and found no enjoyment in this novel as I usually do with Heyer novels. I will try another, but will avoid this narrator int he future.
Loved all the characters. It started off as a comedy of manners. All of the family was in a dither about this unknown cousin inheriting the Baronacy and the estate. Since his father had married a weaver's daughter, they were expecting a country bumpkin.
The, ghosts, the smuggling and the "coverup".
I liked his narration, but I couldn't understand the Major's groom.
Of course, the Major, but the young lad also.
This is a witty book and a romance almost as an afterthought. I listened to it straight through. Very few books are as entertaining and keep my attention so that I don't put it down.
The narrator did an excellent job of managing the many characters and accents, especially the women's voices.
The interactions between the hero and heroine.
See above. I could not have understood some of the "cant" without him.
No. But it was very engaging over several days.
The reading highlighted some of the weaknesses of Heyer--but enjoyable nonetheless.
This has always been one of my Favorite Heyer books. The narration was ok. I tend to think of GH in female voices.
Not quite the emphasis I've thought of, but not bad.
There were at least 2 spots however, that there were parts of sentences missing.
"Repeatedly listened to. Very enjoyable."
This book improves with use. I liked it first time, but had to adjust to the narrator. 2nd listen...its excellent. The narrator manages to give all male voices an individual sound, and you recognise who is speaking immediately. Not an easy thing to do with 6 main males plus several male servants running throughout the book. Well done to Mr Philpott.
The story is slightly different to Miss Heyers usual romances. It gives a more in depth explanation of such subjects as smuggling, life in the weald and the northern wool trade, than you get in her other books. All add to the story. The hero, HUGO, starts beautifully, with all expecting a unlettered rustic, which he encourages. He then gradually begins to be appreciated for himself and in the end carries all before him! Just my style. Enjoy it.
"A wonderful regency romance, with a great hero."
It was a fun book, with an engaging hero who rose above the challenges and prejudice of his estranged family, to literally save the day.
When Lt Ottershaw attempts to arrest Richmond, only to be thwarted by the hero's plan. Desperate means call for desperate measures. It was wonderful and funny to see the family pull together.
Daniel Philpott did a good job with the story, but I enjoyed his performance of Hugo best. He put across the strength and humour of the main character well.
This book has a number of scenes to make you laugh, from the carry on between the valets, the ghost at the Dower house, to the thwarting of Ottershaw. Its a enjoyable story.
This is my favourtie Georgette Heyer book.
"What an ending!"
What an Ending!
Not necessarily..... happy to pick it up again the following day. I did however, listen to it in two successive days.
I have to say that this book is actually BETTER as an audio book, with a great narrator.I find it very difficult to READ regional accents. I find it real hard work. However, Daniel Philpott sorts out the accents superbly and makes it a lovely humorous listen. Not a huge plot in this novel and it just saunters along to begin with... but it doesn't matter, as the enjoyment is in the conversation and the amazing final scene.
I love this book have read and listened to so many times and each time it's as fresh as the first.
"One of the The best Historical Novelists ever"
Georgette Heyer is top of her profession when it comes to historical romance. Her ability to make you laugh and cry is unchallenged and her books can be read over and over again as the language and 'turn of phrase' are like listening to a favourite piece of music repeatedly. The Unknown Ajax lives up to this criteria even though the reader sometimes does not seem to understand the humor or emotion on occasion. Altogether a most satisfactory experience.
I enjoyed the storyline although it was a bit long winded,It was very well narrated and I always find a male voice easier to listen to than a female one.The characters are usually easier to distinguish.
"well read, but ..."
You have to like this book because of Hugo! Well read, though occasionally I couldn't decide who was speaking!
"An entertaining story."
The usual mix of wit and adventure from Georgette Heyer. I just wish more of her books were available to listen to!
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