Get a different reader! This is a lovely book, and Juliet Stevenson was perfection. My guess is that Prunella Scales would also be a better choice. I've listened to a few books that I quit because of the reader, but this was the first time (in 300 audio books) that I actually switched versions because the reader was so inappropriate to the material.
I just devoured this book! The characters are beautifully etched, with great humor and great sympathy. A truly fun book, and Prunella Scales is perfection. Can't wait to listen to more from her!
Gasped when I got to the end, and found it was unfinished - but only a few pages short of the end. There is no doubt about how it will all turn out, but it's a shame she didn't get to finish it. Don't let that deter you - it's a delight.
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.
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