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.
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.
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.
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.
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