Yes this is among Trollope's great works -- as relevant today as ever. But the interpretation that Timothy West brings to characters as diverse as Felix Carberry, Marie Memotte, John Crumb, or Dolly Longstaffe make listening to this a lifetime experience.
My wife loves Anthony Trollope and really wanted me to read this book. She likes how Trollope captures different personalities so well. I'd have to agree, he is very intuitive and insightful. I would not sit down to read this long book but very much enjoyed listening to it narrated by Timothy West.
Timothy West is a great narrator. I am getting every book in which he narrates. A great voice. An intuitive performance. He is pitch perfect in getting the rhythm of the dialogue and especially the tone and rhythm of Trollope's narrative. West is the best narrator I have heard yet.
I was very excited to read this book, since I saw and fell in love with the BBC version. I started the book knowing the characters weren't angels, but there were some that I could relate to, and love to hate. But as I started listening to this book, I found the characters to be lazy, self-serving, insipid, pretentious people, and I couldnt even enjoy hating them. I found myself rolling my eyes and constantly checking how many hours I had left until the book was finished.
Timothy West makes this entertaining story even more so with his wonderful characterizations. Trollope is a favorite author, what a treat to hear this story told so well.
Anti-Semitism , class prejudice, and greed in a story of Late Victorian England. Not as witty or graceful as Austn, but more cosmopolitan.
I think this is may be my favorite by Anthony Trollope. The book is a humorous Love story with some villainy and A small amount of unrequited love. But the reader or listener in this case is the left thoroughly satisfied.