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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.
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.
No, I'm reading the Palliser series in order and this one rather dragged for me, I really don't see the need to revisit it! I had the paperback, the audio and the e-book, and moved between the three of them depending on the situation and my mood - and if I wanted to knit while listening. Timothy West's performance was absolutely delightful, made a rather sluggish book move right along! It was a pleasure, I plan to enjoy the rest of the Palliser novels this way.
No, they aren't fans of Victorian novels.
Nothing really stands out; I found Lizzie Eustace such an annoying, manipulative wretch and of course she's in most scenes, so I mostly wanted to get through the novel!
Not really - from other reviews I've read I think this may be the weakest book in the series, and I certainly didn't enjoy it as I did the Barsetshire novels and the first Palliser novels.
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.
"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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