NO! Too long to listen to more than once!
The accents! He did a great job brining the characters to life!
"An ensemble cast that really works!"
The story moved along the entire time. A fun listen.
A classic tale of male dominance, corruption and love. An enjoyable and timeless story relevant today. Well crafted and narrated.
This is Trollope at his best. The personalities are multidimensional and clearly drawn, the story is acerbic and engaging, and no self-destructive heroines annoy us by interminable pining or by punishing themselves past the endurance of their families and their readers. (For an example of unbearable self-flagellation ad nauseum see The Prime Minister). I like Timothy West's reading very much. He has a handsome, deep voice that seems to relish Trollope's wit. He uses subtle changes of accent for some of his characters and he reads the women's voices in a natural tone.
I read this a year ago, and I am still amazed at the similarities between Trollope's time and our own. I'm talking, of course, about all the Ponzi schemes and human frailties. An engaging book that held my interest.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
Timothy West's narration saves this story from mediocrity. Had I read this story instead of listened to it, I doubt I would have finished it. West does a fab job of narrating all the players both male and female, bringing this somewhat placid story to life with a great memorable atmosphere. This listen was a breath of fresh air and it was just what I was looking for. If your looking for a light yet not boring 19th century period piece that's a refreshing change, then I highly recommend this listen. I'm really impressed with West and I'm going to look for more books of this period with his narration. Some narrators are very talented with the characters voices but read too fast.Eg.Juliet Stevenson. West has the perfect cadence and timing which is a greatly undervalued trait.
For Trollope lovers like myself, this book is one of his best, with some unforgettable characters like Melmotte, the larger-than-life swindler. The story, though set more than 100 years ago, has contemporary echoes in the big financial scandals (Madoff, etc.). Timothy West is a great reader, unlike Flo Gibson, whose mechanical, sing-song version of this book was so awful that I bought this one. I'm glad I did.
The Way We Live Now is an excellent introduction to the writings of Trollope. It's long, but never boring, and the characters are well-developed.
Some might call Anthony Trollope the male equivalent of Jane Austen and I can see why. But to me his stories had such a different flavor. I liked that not everything always comes out perfectly in his endings. I also liked that some of the books got into the workings of Parliament as it was then. He is very good at portraying his female characters, many of whom are very feisty and colorful.
I started with this stand alone book, became utterly fascinated, then listened to all the Barsetshire Chronicles, followed by all the Palliser series. I have spent the last couple of months in Trollope's world and hated to leave it. There are some other novels left, but I loved each of the two series and having familiar characters come in and out of the various books. Even more so than Austen I became so frustrated with problems caused by the lack of communication (due to cultural restraints of the time) that I wanted to grab the particular character out of the book and shake some sense into them.
And what can I say of Timothy West? I love Simon Vance, but after hearing the samples I went with the West narrations and am so glad I did. He was pitch perfect and his accents were marvelous. He was a large part of how much I enjoyed this entire journey. I became so absorbed into this world that I am not at all sure what to read now.
I took a chance with this book due to other reviews and was very glad I did. The only other Trollope book I've read was Framely Passage and disliked that - couldn't finish. This one is nothing like that one (Nor like the one I'm listening to now - Can you Forgive Her? - which is more like FP, in that, the story is about one dimensional characters who do dumb things constantly and then are unhappy with their lives. boohoo. CYFH? is social commentary on bland-superficial people, while TWWLN is a broader, more interesting social commentary on that time - much more Dickens-like). This book is fairly rich but not overly complex story with some interesting characters. Because I liked this book so much, I was not put off by the extensive thought process detailed for some of the main characters. It seems this author wanted the readers to fully understand (to possibly relate to) a characters' thoughts on why they did what they did. This might turn off some readers, as it seemed redundant in some places, so I offer this as a caution.
The narration can't be overly praised - this is among the very best I've ever listened to. He went far beyond creating voices for the various characters, but acted them out as if he were on stage. This narrator is why I went on to listed to Can You Forgive Her?, and he is very good with that book, but nearly as good as a performance as with this one!
I honestly finished this book because, as an optimist, I kept hoping it would improve. There were only three characters that I liked, all the others I hated hearing about. Although the story does enlighten the reader to the mood of the era, it would be more fun listening to a book of history,
I just didn't like this book. The characters were annoying and I didn't care what happened to anyone - I almost stopping listening a few times when certain characters were making the same mistakes over and over and over and over. This writer certainly doesn't think people have any redeeming qualities. The book was irritating more than anything else. It was the only book I had to listen to for the week, so I labored through it. I just didn???t like it at all. Waste of time and money.