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The Unknown Ajax Audiobook

The Unknown Ajax

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Publisher's Summary

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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    R. Moore Virginia, USA 08-03-14
    R. Moore Virginia, USA 08-03-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Never excites or exalts"

    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.

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    tzinnamon 06-21-17
    tzinnamon 06-21-17
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    "A treat"

    A lively family comedy with Ms Heyer's characteristic clever dialogue. There are several satisfying encounters set up as payoffs of plot twists. My personal favorite is the scene between Hugo and His Lordship about Hugo's brass. :-)

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    Economist mom 06-07-17
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    "absolutely the best of the georgette heyers!"

    Absolutely the best of the Georgette Heyers! Wonderful reading by Philpott; he does the "broad Yorkshire" used by Hugo and his groom perfectly!

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    Judith Cserjesi 05-14-17
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    "Best Heyer Audiobook and I've listened to most"
    Would you listen to The Unknown Ajax again? Why?

    Yes, lead character was extremely well done. Lots of little surprises.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Unknown Ajax. He fooled everybody.


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    Amazon Customer 05-07-17
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    "Wonderful performance!"

    A comfortable historic romance rendered extraordinary by the incredibly talented performer. From the broad Yorkshire dialect to the drawling upperclass tones of Vincent, from male to female voices -- all were perfectly performed and not read. Highly recommended .

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    Righty-o 04-30-17
    Righty-o 04-30-17
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    "My favorite Heyer book so far!"

    I have listen to more than half a dozen books by Heyer and I enjoyed this one so much! The hero is wonderful and warm and the voice actor was brilliant!

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    Amazon Customer 04-22-17
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    "A favorite Heyer tale with outstanding reading"

    This is one of the most enjoyable of Heyer's tales. A delightful blend of family dynamics, romantic development, and light hearted mystery all deftly blended. All the characters are excellent and the hero and heroine are wonderfully developed and well suited. Hugo is one of the best of the Heyer heros. The reading is outstanding as well.

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    N Hall 03-22-17
    N Hall 03-22-17
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    "Another winner!!!!!"

    This story in and of itself was one of my favorites ... TOO! But the narration by Daniel Philpott rendered it 'over the top'! His male 'voices' of course were dead on but his female voices, always difficult for a man to render 'soft' enough were, totally believable. Hope to listen to more Georgette Heyer books narrated by Mr. Philpott.

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    Amy 01-28-17
    Amy 01-28-17
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    "Awesome Performance!"
    What did you love best about The Unknown Ajax?

    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!


    What other book might you compare The Unknown Ajax to and why?

    Love most of Georgette Heyer's books.


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

    Hugo is one of my all-time favorite characters. Sense of humor, gentle patience, kindness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final scenes with Richmond and Claud were humorously entertaining!


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    Patricia McBride 01-03-17
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    "Heyer + Philpott = Brilliant Entertainment"

    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.

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