The Unknown Ajax

  • by Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by Daniel Philpott
  • 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Very funny - outstanding performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It's a fantastic comedy of manners in which a "fish-out-of-water" hero is thrust into the midst of his not-so-loving family and proceeds to sort out all their problems. It's funny and warm and witty - and the performance is one of the best I've ever heard.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Hugo. Clever, level-headed, and with a terrific sense of humour, he plays the common-as-muck dimwit because that's what his family expects him to be, and all the while is sizing them up and having a bit of fun at their expense.


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

Again - Hugo. It's a brilliant performance all-round, but Hugo is sigh-worthy. This is Heyer, so it's squeaky clean, but in the more tender scenes, he gives Hugo a lovely deep, soft tone which is quite knee-weakening!


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed several times, especially towards the end when Hugo has to pull everyone back from the brink of disaster.


Any additional comments?

If you're a Heyer fan and haven't listened to this yet, you really must - it's one of the best of her audios. And if you've not listened to or read Heyer yet, then this is a fantastic way to start. Daniel Philpott brings the book to life in a way I didn't experience when reading it.

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- Caz

Completely delightful

What a pleasure to have one of my favourite Georgette Heyer books read to me by Daniel Philpott. Surely even macho men could enjoy this story of a muscular soldier and his struggle to get his "uppercrust" relations to accept him. Excellent story and an excellent narration.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios