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Beth

I am a voracious reader with fairly eclectic taste. I like both fiction and non-fiction, biography, history and current events. I like well written mysteries and suspense and I love 19th and 20th century classical literature as well as modern fiction. My favorite author is Philip Roth but I also love Trollope, Hardy, Jonathan Franzen, Jane Austen and Edith Wharton. My favorite biographer is Robert Caro.

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  • Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined and none remains unscathed. But it is above all on the predicament of women that Trollope focuses. ‘What should a woman do with her life?’ asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the novel.

    David says: "Superb performance and sound"
    "Excellent Reader, really enjoyed this"
    Overall

    I loved the Barchester Chronicles read by Simon Vance and I have waited and waited for his recordings of the Pallisers. Finally, I compromised and purchased the Timothy West readings. I was not disappointed. Although a different reader than Simon Vance, Timothy West brings verve and creative characterizations to the voices of all those who people Trollope's world. I enjoyed the book tremendously and look forward to the next volume. It is so lovely to have the great nineteenth century classics brought to life by such great readings as I am sure many of these books were originally read out loud to pass an evening. It really brings out the humor and wit much better than reading on the page. I highly recommend both the books and these readings, excellent audio quality and sure to please.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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