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The Eustace Diamonds | [Anthony Trollope]

The Eustace Diamonds

Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?
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Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

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    Gabriela 07-06-15
    Gabriela 07-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Masterful narration of a very enjoyable novel."

    Mr. West is just outstanding. His voice is detached and amused, as befits the narrator of this wonderful novel. He gives a voice to each character, bringing out the distinct personalities, without falling into shrillness or repetitiveness. I enjoyed it very much.

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    Tad Davis 06-07-15
    Tad Davis 06-07-15
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    "Bedtime reading"

    Trollope has so many wonderful narrators that I feel guilty singling this one out. Simon Vance has done a wonderful version of this same book.

    But this is the one I listened to this time around. I have a great fondness for Timothy West for other performances he's given over the years; his deep and pleasing voice strikes just the right note of gossipy intimacy.

    Lizzie Eustace, widow with a life interest in her husband's estate, gives out that one of the heirlooms of the estate - a fabulously expensive diamond necklace - was given to her as her own property by her late husband. This sets off a whirlwind of legal wrangling that comes to an abrupt end when the diamonds are stolen.

    Did she steal them herself? It's not really a whodunnit: the reader always knows more than the police, and indeed more than any other single character. It's more of a how's-it-going-to-play-out story than a mystery (although there are enough dogged English detectives to satisfy any mystery fan), and how it plays out is with, in usual Trollope fashion, lots of ins and outs, advances and retreats, love and dislike, overconfidence and fear.

    Trollope has the great gift of making his characters, and his narrative, seem lifted from real life with the most minimal shaping involved. Few of his characters, even Lizzie the Great Liar, are thoroughly bad; few, even Frank Greystock, the closest the book has to a real hero, are thoroughly good. Events unfold with a messiness that subverts the clean progression of narrative. And yet somehow by the end, the loose ends are tied up and poetic justice is dispensed.

    One character in the story comes to a particularly sad end: although there's some ambiguity about it, she appears to fall prey to mental illness - not raving; histrionics are rare in the book - but in a subdued and thoroughly convincing monomania. I hope she returns in a later volume, restored to health, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    An enjoyable Trollope outing. Got me through one of the worst colds I've ever had. Good for bedtime unwinding.

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    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 06-01-15
    Frances Little Rock, Ar, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "If you like Trollope, I's perfect."

    Long,discursive Victorian novel. Not by any means my favorite heroine, but a cracking good villainess. Best précis of his moral philosophy-imperfect people who. Wish to be good- learn by taking baby steps in the right direction.

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    notprimespringG3 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start, but stick with it"

    Wonderful story, superb narration. Lady Eustace's first foxhunt is the funniest scene I've listened to on an audiobook. I laughed out loud (as I did every time West said "corsaire") and bookmarked it so I could play it many times. Truly entertaining!

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    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-14
    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "She's a Scoundrel!!"

    Wonderful book in the Palliser series. The heroine is a brilliantly sketched woman of deep skulduggery, and her shenanigans play out beautifully here.

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    Caroline Sydney, Australia 04-23-13
    Caroline Sydney, Australia 04-23-13
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    "Good Trollope but unlikable characters"
    What about Timothy West’s performance did you like?

    Timothy West was fantastic as always. His performance is superb in bringing Trollope's characters to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found it less gripping than other Trollope novels as the characters were so thoroughly dislikable. I had no compassion for them. BUT having said that, it is a good story overall


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    Audiobook Obsessed 09-05-11

    Listen nearly every day to an audiobook.

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    "trollope details behavior of shallow heroine"

    prior to listening to this novel, i had happily listened to 64 hours of trollope over the course of one month. i thoroughly enjoyed all of the other novels, two of which were in the palliser series. while trollope did an excellent job of showing the inner workings of his detestable "heroine," his examples of her shallowness and lack of conscience became heavy-handed. it is always difficult to read a book where the reader comes to despise one or more of the main characters. listening to the end was a chore, because i didn't care about any of the main characters in this novel. however, i wanted to know the outcome of this story, in order to maintain continuity with other characters in the palliser series. Timothy West is a brilliant narrator, and his narration added richness to an otherwise tedious story.

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    Robin 07-22-13
    Robin 07-22-13

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "good in parts, but overall just 3 stars for story"

    ok, so one doesn't expect an exciting plot from anthony trollope. unfortunately, this book had a thinner plot than expected, and the characters were uninspired. the narration is excellent, and some parts charming, so, on the whole, average for victorian audio fiction.

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