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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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By bebe on 06-04-10

Another great Georgette Heyer romance

This is the story of Lord Darracott bringing his heir to his estate so he can whip him into shape for his interitance. The Lord, nor any of his family, have ever met the heir because the Lord never thought the estate would go to him (there were two others ahead of him). In fact the Lord never told his family that the person even existed. The new heir was born to a son that the Lord had thrown out of the house and his life because of what the Lord thought was a very imprudent marriage.

The new heir comes to the estate to meet the family. As the family sizes him up, he is also taking their measure. I love the heir (his name is Hugh). I think Hugh is one of Heyer's best characters in all her novels. There are also some other truly great characters in Unknown Ajax. Hugh's cousins are all vivid characters with totally different personalities. Of course there is a romance involved (a very entertaining one) and I find this to be one of the most humourous of Heyer's novels. The scene at the end of the book (all the activity relating to "the shooting") is so funny I lauched until I cried. In fact, I found the book even funnier in the audible version (and this reader's performance) than it was when I read it. What a wonderful book. It is one of my favorite Audible purchases.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Penny Evans on 04-13-10

The Unknown Ajax

As always, Georgette Heyer is a delight!!! Daniel Philpott's narration was perfect!!!

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By Maggie on 05-17-14

Eeeh, it's gradely

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I was sorry to get to the end of this one. I only discovered the book ten or so years ago, no idea why I'd missed it in my teens. The whole mix of the normal Regency manners with down to earth Yorkshire ex-Army, plus the smugglers, is great, topped off by that frantic evening pulling the wool over the eyes of the poor conscientious Riding Officer. Daniel Philpott brings all the strands and characters together perfectly. Loved it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathryn on 11-08-13

Immense enjoyment

This book was thoroughly enjoyable, the reading was good by Daniel Philpott, with very natural voices for the characters. The book itself was an amusing and entertaining story with wonderful characters.

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By Jane on 04-07-18

Sparkling wit and suspense

Daniel Philpot is a masterful voice actor and gives life to this amusing and suspenseful story of the Darracot family as they absorb an unfamiliar new member into their midst. The regional accents are rendered with verve and authenticity and the characters come to life with this engaging reading. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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By C on 03-10-18

Another delightful Georgette Heyer!

Narrator was very good with voices and expression. The story took a *long* time to get anywhere meaningful which made rhe fast paced ending a bit jarring and dislocated from the very slow, meandering majority of the book. The heroine was hard to sympathise or to associate with, although the Ajax himself is loveable and roguish. So overall a fairly predictable but still lovely Heyer adventure.

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