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The Unknown Ajax Audiobook

The Unknown Ajax

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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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.

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    Valerie Meriden, CT, USA 02-22-10
    Valerie Meriden, CT, USA 02-22-10
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    "one of my favorite GH"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Fort Mill, SC, United States 03-11-16
    Karen Fort Mill, SC, United States 03-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, great performance"

    I love this narrator- I wish he did more of the Heyer books. The story is also fabulous and entertaining as ever.

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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 12-12-15
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 12-12-15 Member Since 2015

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "Not bad.."

    This is another good romance by Georgette Heyer. The characters were interesting and personable. The supporting characters seemed stronger then the main character. Daniel Philpot does a great job reading. His character interpretations were great. My complaint with the narration is with the characters that had a heavy dialect. It was hard to understand it. It was hard to figure out what they were explaining among other things. This is a case where a hard back or e-book is needed. Seeing the words would have helped understanding. There's not a lot of this. Nor does it take away from the book. I read this book many years ago. The ending has an incomplete feel to it. That remains. It's not an open ending. Nor is it the beginning of a never written sequel. It just ends with the feeling more is coming.

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    M. Haag 09-30-15
    M. Haag 09-30-15
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    "Wonderful performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Unknown Ajax the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent, expressive and talented.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hugo was my favorite character, as I'm sure the author intended. He was so very humorous and intelligent. A close second was Lady Amelia, a very deep character, with only a bit part.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Philpott – was your favorite?

    Vincent was portrayed by Philpott with such perfection that I believed him to be a completely separate person from the narrator. In fact, all the characters were so well done, I could have believed an entire cast to have performed the story.


    If you could rename The Unknown Ajax, what would you call it?

    The Yorkshire Heir


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    Alan 08-16-15
    Alan 08-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring, Boring, Boring"

    This was definitely not one of her best books. It was tediously boring with too much detail that had no substance.

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    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-29-15
    Emily Portland, OR, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2014

    Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

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    "Wonderful Heyer with Amazing Narrator"

    I was thrilled to rediscover this title. I didn’t remember it as a particular favorite when I read Heyers decades ago, but this time it was one of my all-time favorites, largely because of the charming hero. His willingness to play into the family’s stereotypes of him was very amusing.

    Of the Heyer “types”, his is one of my favorites: the seemingly submissive and non-Alpha male, who is actually smarter than everyone in the room, and happily directing the action in a undetected way. Hugo is such a wonderful character that he overshadows the heroine – I liked her, but she was pretty unmemorable compared to him. The minor characters are enjoyable, and many of them recognizable Heyer types: Richmond, the impetuous young man, Claude, the fop, Vincent, the world weary cynic, Lady Aurelia, the all-seeing matriarch. (If Heyer were a modern author, there would be a sequel featuring Vincent, whose character seems to improve as the book goes on).

    This is also the best Heyer narrator I have encountered so far. He’s enjoyable to listen to, and wonderfully conveys all the humor and charm, as well as all the distinctive characters. He’s so good I have looked for other narrations of his to purchase.

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    M Smith 06-23-15
    M Smith 06-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Delightful!"

    A story to enjoy again and again. A delightful story and performance. Georgette Heyer never disappoints.

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    Amazon Customer California, USA 06-19-15
    Amazon Customer California, USA 06-19-15
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    "One of my favorites"

    Love Georgette Heyer's books but this one of my favorites. Hugo's treatment by the old Lord and his sense of humor had me laughing.

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    kchg 03-06-15
    kchg 03-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Female and left 39 behind more than two decades ago. Genres I like are procedural mysteries, history and historical fiction, and science fic

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    "Charming not-your-run-of-the-mill romantic farce"

    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.

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    thebeloved 02-25-15
    thebeloved 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun, good plot"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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