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.
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.
I've listened to The Unknown Ajax several times already. It's an exceptionally entertaining - and leisurely - story with laugh-out-loud moments. There are fabulous performances by Daniel Philpott (I use the plural very consciously!). Each character is clearly defined and right on the money.
My favorite scene? Of course, it's the climactic scene, where Hugo saves Richmond and the Darracotts. It's got all the necessary ingredients--drama, suspense, and a lot of humor--and is capped by the timely and jaw-dropping arrival of "mere female" Lady Aurelia, who unexpectedly but deftly brings Hugo's clever scenario to its finale.
With Georgette Heyer, you can always expect a "perfect" man, and this is no exception--Hugo Darracott fits the bill beautifully.
Absolutely. The reader is perfect, the story is exciting and hilarious.
The 'tableau' at the end was hilarious and exciting.
His characters were easy to recognize, his dialects were spot on.
Several of the moments where you see how incredibly patient the main character is were very moving.
Highly recommended and I hope to listen to more books by both author and reader.
Slightly predicatable, but a good light read. Not Georgette Heyer at her best. Daniel Philpott gives a good performance.
I have enjoyed Georgette Heyer's books for many years, so will definitely continue with the audio versions. Daniel philpott brings the characters to life, and there is no difficulty discerning the various characters.
The final acts of the story were the best parts of the book, and showed why Georgette Heyer is so thoroughly enjoyed.
However, I found that this story really dragged along slowly from the beginning and up to the mid section, which is not the way Heyer normally writes.
His handling of Hugo's voice was well done - especially when he deliberately lapsed from well spoken to adopting the Yorkshire brogue.
No. This book was complete in itself.
I wouldn't recommend a new listener to Georgette Heyer to begin an acquaintance with this author with the Unknown Ajax.
I would suggest that either "Sprig Muslin", or "Cotillion" would be the best books to begin an acquaintance with Georgette Heyer's delightful storytelling.
It is well performed and a good story
The hero pretending to be uneducated and putting on an accent as if he was so
Made me laugh
Daniel Philpott does a splendid job of portraying the characters! He pulls off the appropriate accents and voices beautifully.
The story takes a while to gain momentum but the final scene scene is entirely worth it. It's classic Georgette Heyer: epic and laugh out loud funny (beware if you are in public).
The narrator Daniel Philpott does an excellent job. He brings the characters to life and has a very likable voice....Also the hero of the story is very likable and he contrasts very well opposite the new 'high-class' family he just inherited .... :-)
This is my first of Philpott's narrations .... but I'm going to look up more of his.
(It world make a good film - just add a few more plot twists.)
I couldn't even finish this. Read the other reviews so really thought I'd like this. I'm a big fan of this period and setting, but this was just empty. Not sure if it was the narrator or the story. I can't recommend this one.
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