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I am an Anthony Trollope enthusiast, and this is my first time to read The Eustace Diamonds. It is third in the Pallisers series but is definitely a stand-alone book--a character study of one very determined but unscrupulous widow and of the people in her world. Timothy West as narrator is definitely Anthony Trollope as narrator. The humor comes through superbly! Wonderful story, wonderful audiobook!
I just loved this! At times I laughed out loud at the clever way the reader brought out the subtle irony of the text. He made the characters live with a different accent and intonation for each character. His female characters are a scream! The pauses for effect were just wonderful. I've ordered the Prime Minister. Unfortunately I had already bought the next book in the series Phineas Delux before I discovered the audible app.
The final confrontation between Lizzie Eustace and Lucy about whether Lucy should marry Frank.
Yes- Phineas Finn got me started.
It makes me laugh and marvel at the language.
I thoroughly recommend the Timothy West readings of any Trollope books. I am looking forward to downloading the Barchester Chronicles after the Palliser books.
Having loved The Way We Live Now, I had high expectations for this Trollope novel, which is really a stand-alone with a Palliser connection shoe-horned in. My usual fear of re-hashing the plot isn't a factor here as the book seemed all over the place, the various storylines more jumbled together than inter-connected . . . more stew than mosaic.
Lizzie Greystock Eustace has been a very naughty girl; even her family despairs of her. At the outset, I rolled my eyes a bit on her nabbing a noble, getting preggers pronto, and then his quick death. A bit convenient I thought. I wasn't really getting the "Diamonds" aspect as a concern, but back in bad old days of primogeniture, it was a big deal that they were considered a "family" asset rather than her own inheritance, as she asserted. They would be the property of the kid anyway 20 years later, so what's the big deal? A lot as it turned out, but that wasn't apparent until later in the book. I got the impression that she knew better at first, but came to believe her own lie by the end.
Anyway . . . my problem was that she's such a forceful character that the story really dragged whenever she was offscreen. Unfortunately, much of the other text concerned her cousin Frank's noble fiancée (the Victorians needed their fix on that, I don't), standing by him while he seems poised to jilt her. Breach of Promise plots are another that don't resonate with this modern reader. There is another subplot concerning a friend of Lizzie's, Mrs. Carbuncle, and her feverish plans to marry off her anti-social (perhaps even lesbian?) niece well. That angle proved mildly amusing, as did the appearances of a minor character, Lizzie's cranky old bat of an aunt .
When she is present, Lizzie is such a drama queen (to use a modern term) that she breathes life into the story, speaking forcefully and hatching plots. By the end I grew to like her as she seemed to be penalized as an example of what happens to nonconformists. She does, however, seem to use the kid as a convenient "prop" rather than actually caring about him, dumping him in her Scottish castle with a governess for long periods while she schemes in London.
The ending was, I believe, satisfying for its original readers, but not for me. I could only recommend the story for folks looking for a Trollope fix. Palliser series fans should be aware that the connection consists of Cora's befriending Lizzie with their meeting once, a time or two "offscreen" where Cora defends Lizzie (who has become notorious), and a very dull chapter on her husband's attempt at introducing decimal coinage.
Timothy West's narration, while excellent, still relied on the material he had with which to work.
Say something about yourself!
The reader did a wonderful job. I will look up to see the other stories he reads. If you know Trollope it pure Trollope if don't give this a try👍🏼
Timothy West does another stellar job bringing to life another wonderful Trollope novel. I am reading all of these novels that West narrates, listening as I read as it gives so much texture to the story and I appreciate it fuller.
Another great listen in The Palliser Series! I could not decide whether I loved or hated the heroine, Lizzie Eustace. She was absolutely hilarious while at the same time being, as one character remarked, "The limb of the devil"! I'm always amazed by Trollope's ability to convey the inner workings of his characters' hearts and minds. I continue to marvel at the unsurpassed skill of the Timothy West in bringing Trollope's world to life. When it comes to narrators he is undoubtedly the best of the best!!!
The story of "poor Lizzy" and the Eustace family diamonds is one of the amazing Trollope's most inventive and enjoyable novels. Very good and thoroughly bad women, a slew of lawyers, mixed-up men, crime, and courtroom scenes populate a novel so marvelously read that the listener knows and recognizes each character's voice. A marvel in every way.
Wonderful Trollope story. And Timothy West's ability to interpret all the characters and convey all the emotional nuances, humor and occasional snarkiness is spellbinding.
The story is full of memorable and well-drawn characters. Trollop is on a par, if not surpassing, Dickens. Timothy West as the narrator is unparalleled.
"When will it end?"
Good writing style. Takes too long to get to the point
It just goes on and on and on and on.
Very good narration. Right for the part.
Not Trollope's best in my opinion but my sister raves about it. All a matter of taste I guess.
"Diamonds are deadly"
Yes. Fascinating story and characters. A real page turner.
Lady Lizzie Eustace (of course)
No it is a huge book to savour and look forward to and luxuriate in.
One of the best books by Trollope. I was surprised as I thought it might be a little lightweight story but it is meaty and full of delightful characters. The heroine is beautiful but wicked through and through but a fascinating character. I could not put this book down and was riveted to the very last sentence. It is a thriller, full of dickensian characters and a great plot. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves great british literature. This proves Trollopes reputation is well deserved - he is a master story teller and a master at imagining what goes on in a woman's head.
"A cast of thoroughly nasty characters"
Yes to both. Anthony Trollope is a witty writer and Timothy West a good narrator.
It felt as though he didn't know how the plot would develop and that he was making it up on the spur of the moment. I wanted Lady Eustace to get her come uppance.
Timothy West made each character separate and distinct and made me appreciate the humour of the book.
Very enjoyable and witty tale of Victorian social manners and mischief which is wonderfully narrated by Timothy West.
Very well read by David Timson, this is one of the best Dickens novels, full of memorable characters from the saintly Lizzie Hexham to the evil Rogue Ryderhood.
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