The Illegitimate Heir
- A Pride and Prejudice Sequel
- Narrated by: Basil Sands
- Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-21-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Ayr Bray, Author
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The younger son of an earl often cannot afford to marry for love, so it is fortunate that Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam has fallen in love with Helen Malham, who has both beauty and wealth. Her father, however, will not allow her to marry a man without a title.
When the prince regent names Richard the Duke of Blachedone, it is both a blessing and a curse. His newly acquired title means he may marry Helen - assuming she will have him once the truth comes out. He was awarded the dukedom not for his service to the Crown, but because he is the former duke's illegitimate son, and soon all of London will know.
Mr. Calvin Aldrich is a rake and a blackguard who is set to be one of the richest dukes in England...until his uncle is stripped of his titles and possessions while on his deathbed. Bereft of his inheritance, Calvin will stop at nothing to get revenge on his uncle's illegitimate heir. He will strike at Richard any way he can, even if it means ruining an innocent woman.
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By Felisha on 05-28-15
Don't judge this book by it's cover
While I only chose to listen to this book to hear the narrator's--Basil Sands--take on this genre, I did enjoy the majority of the story and was pleased that the steamy scenes, intense as they may, were actually few and far between and the story's plot and character development was the primary focus making it enjoyable to listen to.
I am not sure how this book could be considered a sequel to "Pride and Prejudice" since it had nothing to do with the primary characters, plot, and storyline of that classic tale, other than they were mentioned in the book as cousins and occasionally provided dialogue; But this story's main plot about an illegitimate heir's strife to overcome all the obstacles set before him was quite good.
With all that said I believe credit goes to Basil Sands, the narrator, for bringing this story to life and adding in the extra color this story needed to stay above water for me. His plethora of voices and talent for expressing the proper amount of emotion at the appropriate times is to be applauded. I would highly recommend listening to more of his work.
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Carol on 06-03-15
Well worth the listen and or read
Would you listen to The Illegitimate Heir again? Why?
Yes. Once the story established itself, it was hard to stop listening to .
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Illegitimate Heir?
Not to make a spoiler , but it was when Richard understood and forgive his mother.
Which character – as performed by Basil Sands – was your favorite?
Richard, without a doubt
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Richard comforted his new sister. The compassion he showed was so gentle so loving.
Any additional comments?
At first I was " put off" by the woman's voices by mr sands. They tended to be the same. The men's voices were excellent and with different nuances for the male characters.
Once I was caught up in the story, nothing mattered but the story.
I highly recommend this !!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Anji Dale on 06-07-15
Richard, Your Grace!
Where does The Illegitimate Heir rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Definitely in the top 20 of my JAFF audiobooks. I have a lot, and I mean an awful lot of audiobooks in various genres (JAFF accounts for maybe 75%) , so to get into the top 20 in one of them is a real achievement!
What other book might you compare The Illegitimate Heir to, and why?
I don't think I can compare it to any of my other audiobooks, as the premise of the good Colonel inheriting such a grand title and wealth is a new one to me. There are several other JAFF works around where he eventually inherits the Matlock title though.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Difficult to say without giving away any spoilers, and I don't like putting spoilers in my reviews, as my favourite scene is fairly late on in the book. Of the early part of the book, I think it's the scene where Richard finds out about his inheritance from the Prince Regent.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My main emotional reaction was towards Mr. Aldridge, the man who expected to inherit the title before Richard's biological father managed to work around that problem. I really wanted to punch him!
Any additional comments?
As I said earlier, this was a unique JAFF premise for me. I have no idea if the solution that Richard's biological father worked out so that he could pass the title on to Richard would have been possible but Ayr Bray told it as a good tale, as she usually does.
I thought the narrator, Basil Sands did a pretty good job overall. He managed the female voices well, though I wasn't too keen on the one he used for Helen Malham. She sounded a bit "whiney" to me.
I would add a caution about the type of audience this would suit.There are several fairly graphic sex scenes so I would recommend this as a Mature Audience Only audiobook. It doesn't bother me but I know there are people out there who prefer not to read or listen to such scenes.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.