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  • The Unknown Ajax

  • Written by: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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The Unknown Ajax

Written by: Georgette Heyer
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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
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  • Categories: Romance

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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  • 11-09-21

An engaging light-hearted read.

Loved it more the second time. First time is always a struggle to get to know the characters. But once you know them, they sound more and more like they are familiar to you and likeable all the more. I like to be transported back to the era when there was no electricity and no motor cars, and yet the boys and girls were no different it appears.

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  • Perpetua
  • 29-09-21

Great voice acting

Georgette Heyer's books are wonderful in print, but the audiobooks add so much life and colour. Thomas Judd's narration is wonderful, especially his Yorkshire accent for Hugo Darracott. As an Australlian, I'd never been able to "hear" it in my head whilst reading the print version. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-21

Well done

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



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  • Tracy from NZ
  • 10-02-22

Well done classic

Classic Heyer witty entertaining story and very well done voice acting by the narrator. The dialects were particularly good.

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  • Beth
  • 01-02-22

Liked it more the longer I listened

I gave up on this after just a few minutes the first time I tried to listen to it. The narration sounded incredibly flat and I couldn’t bear to listen any longer. I’m glad I tried again and persevered longer on the second try, it’s actually a good narration! Just some weird intonation (or lack of) initially, as the scene is set.

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  • Kate
  • 30-08-21

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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  • grandmagay
  • 27-08-22

Excellent Heyer book.

Have loved it for years. Enjoyed hearing it read very much. I've owned all the recency novels by Heyer for many years. Am now buying the Audible versions.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 14-10-21

Excellent

I never tire of Heyer and this is another clever, beautifully written delight. The narrator was excellent but overdid the hero's northern accent.

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  • JED
  • 10-09-21

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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  • Nicole Wolke
  • 02-01-23

Very nice

This is a delightful story and wonderfully read. I enjoyed it very much. Full recommendation.

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  • DAVID G ROGERS
  • 17-12-22

Utterly perfect

How could I have missed this masterpiece? I have enjoyed the perfection of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels for many years ... but somehow I never saw or read of this one.
It is a joy. I am writing this review when only halfway through because I want to share my sheer delight after listening to the seethingly polite altercation between two valets! I truly believe that I need say no more to one who knows.
Read, relish, savour.
Georgette Heyer has many imitators but no equal.
About the narration: I have now heard enough of Audible to say: trust Penguin. Always good. This one is perfect.

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  • Lac520
  • 10-12-22

Very good

It was a very good version of the story, the narrator was very good, though a few times he got some names, words and voices wrong.
Will definitely listen again

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  • Emerkar
  • 12-06-22

Turns out to be one of my favorites!

I didn’t expect this book to rank among my favorite books. A feisty family drama about love, companionship and responsibility. The narrator does an admirable job, as he captures the spirit of every member of the family. Hugo is an unusual Heyer hero, as he never sounds condescending. A really refreshing listen.

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  • R G
  • 21-04-22

So enjoyable

I have loved listening to this classic Georgette Heyer novel.
The narration was excellent and made me appreciate the book anew.

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  • H.A.B.
  • 23-02-22

Beautifully presented…

The story I found rather dull - but it was beautifully presented

Thank you for sharing…

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  • apple
  • 30-12-21

Still the best of historical romance

This rendering of one of my favourite Georgette Heyer novels is excellent. No one knows the times or the language and etiquette of the day better than Heyer and that is precisely why her stories remain fresh and interesting. I should also mention her heroes are always appealing and her heroines, sensible and plucky. Very well narrated. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-23

GOAT Author of Historical Romance

Sophisticated, compelling, witty and engaging, this masterful classic never fails to enthral. Superbly read, this romantic adventure was as pleasing at age 63 as it was the first time I discovered Georgette Heyer at 13yo. A delightful and timeless classic. Literary genius by a much beloved author.

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  • Jacqueline A Hipwell
  • 20-11-22

First time I have had a problem with the recording of a book, spoilt it for me.

Bad recording it kept hesitating and had to be tapped to continue.. The story enjoyable itself was enjoyable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-21

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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  • Ladyhawke Whitehead
  • 15-09-21

Hilarious!

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