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Miles from anywhere, the isolated mansion Darracott Place is presided over by the 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....

Yet again Georgette Heyer shows the qualities that made her one of the most successful and best-loved romantic novelists of her age, and why her popularity endures to this day.

©1959 Georgette Heyer (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Absolutely delicious tales of Regency heroes.... Utter, immersive escapism." (Sophie Kinsella)

"One of my perennial comfort authors. Heyer's books are as incisively witty and quietly subversive as any of Jane Austen's." (Joanne Harris)

"Heart-stoppingly gorgeous." (Harriet Evans)

"Georgette Heyer is second to none." (Sunday Times)

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Ajax to a tee

Loved this reading of a favourite GH book. Top marks to the narrator who cleverly brought all the characters to life. It was laugh out loud funny in parts, especially the outbursts by the irascible Lord Darracot.

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Hilarious!

One of my favourite Georgette Heyer books, such wonderful humour, and read very well. Thank you for this treat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-2021

Well done

Loved it. Great story, well narrated . Great author.
Many thanks to Penguin Audible.



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  • Kate
  • 30-08-2021

Wonderful if you love Heyer

I love Georgette Heyer for her light humorous escapist tales, and The Unknown Ajax has always been one of my favourites - but the narrator for it on the previous version available on Audible was so bad at women's voices I could never listen to it beyond the first couple of chapters, though I tried a few times. I was really happy to see a new version was going to be available and waited eagerly for its release. I haven't been disappointed.

Thomas Judd is excellent at voices, male and female, and they are all distinct and excellently done. His narration has good animation without the flatness that sometimes happens when there are long passages without dialogue and his voice is very pleasant to listen to. There are a few mistakes, but so minor compared to the overall excellence that I've no hesitation at all in giving this five stars and will definitely listen again (and again) with pleasure.

Some of the new Audibles of Heyer's tales don't live up to the original ones, this one is pure delight. In fact although I have most of her novels on Audible from the previous generation of narrators - Phyllida Nash et al, who are also excellent - I'd count this as one of the best narrations I've heard.

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  • Merethe Sørensen
  • 21-09-2021

Heyer at her best

It’s simply brilliant. I love the characters- and the narrator does it so well. It’s an absolute treat.

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  • JED
  • 10-09-2021

Excellent version and equals previous on Audible

A very good narration of what is now one of my favourite Heyer books. I did not like it much when I first read it, but the earlier Audible version was excellent, so I thought I would purchase a second to have a comparison. It does not disappoint as some of the other more recent Heyer versions have.

The narrator has very clear diction and is easy and comfortable to listen too. Unfortunately, this makes even any small mistakes stand out more. There are very few mistakes I might add, thus it is not a problem. (Some of Audibles editing is awful on these latest releases.)

I like the characters in this book. The easy going but difficult to annoy Hero, the sour and jealous males of the family, plus the long suffering ladies who live with Lord Darracott, allows a lot of engaging relationships and events to unwind. Needless to say there is more to Hugo than meets the eye .... and he gains respect from all in the most delightful ways. A good listen.

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  • Grandma- Gateshead
  • 04-09-2021

Good narration from new young actor

A slightly different setting and storyline. Set in Sussex with smuggling as a side plot and a Yorkshire man as a hero. Accents ably dealt with by Thomas Judd. Another cracking Heyer historical novel. Not just a romance

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  • Randomch
  • 28-08-2021

A fun novel

The story is like all of Heyer's - good and light fun and not too complex. The narrator does a wonderful job and I really enjoyed his performance.

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