This brilliant adaptation -- masterfully narrated by a series of gifted actors -- is compelling from first to last. I had read the novel some 15 years ago and while remembering the overall arc of the story, had forgotten some of the particulars. In any event, this version held me spellbound throughout its 27-plus hours. Not only is this one of the greatest thrillers ever written, it's also one of the best 19th-century works of English literature. This magnificent audio recording does justice to the plotting, pacing, characterization, suspense and storytelling mastery of Wilkie Collins. Now, if only Audible would release other Collins novels such as "No Name" in audio form! But just get your hands on this one -- this is a treasure.
Framley Parsonage was Trollope's first big success, and you can see why. It's a perfect example of his great gifts of characterization, setting, humor and sympathy. This audiobook, narrated by the brilliant British actor Timothy West, captures every facet of Trollope's narration, the depths of his characters and the marvelous humor and insights that Trollope always brings to his tales of flawed human beings. I can't recommend this enough. And if you'd like to truly treat yourself, Timothy West has narrated all of the Barsetshire and Palliser novels. What a gift Trollope (and Timothy West) gave us.
This is a compelling story of great psychological insight. Flo Gibson's reading grows on you, and she carries you along through the turns of the tale.
Lady Mason, who was conflicted by her actions, and comes to realize that ultimately the love for her son was -- well, I won't give it away. It's a powerful portrait of a complicated woman.
Perhaps Mrs. Furneval.
A confession -- to say more would be revealing too much of the plot.
I had at first thought Flo Gibson was rushing through the story, but her narration style grew on me, and I began to be under her sway before too long.
Prunella Scales brings great variety to the characters here, and her superb reading allows us to savor the profound depths of Elizabeth Gaskell's masterpiece. It's a great narrative of a great novel -- I didn't want it to end, and Ms. Scales is able to give us every character distinctly. A real triumph. I wish she read more Victorian novels!
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