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.
©1959 Georgette Heyer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Hmmmmmmmm. Alright, so the writing is good. There are occasional great turns of phrase, and a bit of decent highbrow humor. The entire book is quite reminiscent of Downton Abby -- what with all the earls and ladies and the constant reminders of one’s proper place in British society.
However, the story moves like molasses at times, and as much as everything seems in place for a good read, it just never excites, exalts, or makes me feel like I’m lucky to have picked it up. I’m not overly disappointed that I read (listened to) it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
This narrator did an absolutely amazing job with different character voices and emotions!! He's one of few I've checked for other books and was disappointed he has not done many in my preferred genres. His calm Hugo, lively Anthea, sarcastic Vincent, fluttery Elvira, stormy Lord Darracott, Claud the dandy, upper-class Aurelia, youthful Richmond; all of them were unique and easily recognizable. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book in auditory format. Even women's voices were done well, uncommon for a male narrator. Philpott put me in mind of Davina Porter, he's that good!
Love most of Georgette Heyer's books.
Hugo is one of my all-time favorite characters. Sense of humor, gentle patience, kindness.
The final scenes with Richmond and Claud were humorously entertaining!
This is one of my favorite, escapist Georgette Heyer stories. Daniel Philpott's remarkably versatile voicing brings a wide range of characters--male and female, young and old, southern, northern or London-bred--to vivid life. If you know and like Heyer's Regency stories you will enjoy this. If you are new to them, don't expect to be intellectually challenged: just sit back and enjoy Heyer's witty dialogue in this literate, G-rated romance and adventure story of a vanished age.
I enjoyed listening to this whispersync selection. This isn't my favorite of Heyer's, but it's fun and the performance is nice.
This is such a funny book and the wonderful accent the narrator gives the characters, especially the hero, add so much to the enjoyment of the book. I think I would have missed a great deal of the humor if I had simply just read it, as it's an integral part of the story. Definitely one of my top 5 favorite Heyers!
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