Trollope's fifth of the Palliser Novels surely must have served as inspiration for Downton Abbey. The truly noble sensibilities of the Prime Minister (The Duke of Omnium) and of his bright and charming, but not always appropriately sedate wife, Lady Glencora, remind the reader of the main characters in Downton Abbey.
Timothy West makes all the characters, the ones you love and the ones you hate, real. This is one of those books whose spirit permeates the way you feel about your day! It also leads you to take up activities that will allow you to keep listening!
Readers of The Prime Minister will want to go back to the first Palliser Novel, Can You Forgive Her?, and become acquainted with the engaging cast of characters who move in and out of the series.
About 4 hours and 30 minutes into Part 3, there is an eloquent statement by the Duke about why he has remained a liberal in Parliament.
Trollope improves the way I think, and the way I talk. He writes the best letters for his characters to send (though not especially in The Prime Minister).
pretty improbable, what a wimp that heroine is. more importantly, it's anti-semitic and anti-hispanic enough to irritate--really anger--even a wasp.
he really is good, i probably wouldn't have kept listening at all if it weren't for his smooth delivery and great characterization.
i would be happy to listen to mr. west's reading of another book
As a Trollope fan, I write this review for others of you who consume these novels with as much relish as i do. With this novel, I have hit my limit; this is the most antisemitic novel I have encountered by any English novelist (including Trollope). Worse than THE WAY WE LIVE NOW in this respect; at least that novel has enough structural complexity to swallow up the Jew-hating sections to some extent.
He is a very good reader and my review has nothing to do with the performance; he does a nice job of handling the transitions between female and male voices (the biggest challenge for the audiobook voice actor)
The problem character is Ferdinand Lopez, who is variously described as a filthy black, a Jew despoiling the Egyptians, a greasy foreigner, a blackguard.
Whithout a doubt Timothy West is the BEST reader of Trollope on Audible. And this story, the next to last in the Palliser series, is one of the most affecting.
I have listened to over 250 audio books over 20 plus years. My taste is eclectic, but I do tend towards longer books, because I get more bang for my buck!
I have really enjoyed the Palliser series. This one is reasonably balanced between politics and characters, don't let the title fool you.
Of all the Palliser novels so far, I believe this one is the most dependent on the previous novels, although they are all independently enjoyable, each focusing on a different tangent line of characters.
But the great pleasure of this book is Timothy West. He a truly brilliant reader, and the perfect match for all Trollope.