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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...?

©2010 Anthony Trollope (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Natalie Brisbane, Australia 08-25-10
    Natalie Brisbane, Australia 08-25-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Becky Sharp Revisited"

    The third novel in the Pallisers series, "The Eustace Diamonds" is the least overtly political, though some of the main characters from the series re-appear in the book in minor roles. It could certainly be read independently of the other books in the series.

    Lizzie Eustace is in many respects a latter-day Becky Sharp. Though less ruthless and more self-deceiving than Thackeray's anti-heroine, she is shallow, beautiful, manipulative, and without redeeming qualities. After marrying the dying Sir Florian Eustace for his money, she embarks on an expensive career as a society widow, and the story revolves around her possession—and subsequent loss—of a diamond necklace which has been an heirloom in the Eustace family, and which she claims is her personal property.

    Though real-life Lizzies are highly unpleasant people, the fictional version is highly entertaining, and after several hundred pages of gripping legal, criminal and shenanigans, it is hard not to feel sorry when the naughty Lady Eustace is finally delivered up to her fate. The reading, by Timothy West, is top-notch. If you are not familiar with Trollope's work, this is as good a place as any to start.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine New Westminster, BC 01-05-11
    Madeleine New Westminster, BC 01-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Fun"

    What a fantastic listen! Lizzie Eustace is a woman that you learn to hate and also to love. All the characters of this novel are well drawn and delightful.
    We listened to this while driving across the country (Canada). It made the trip fly by!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anna O'Connell, Australia 12-06-10
    Anna O'Connell, Australia 12-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Real Treasure!"

    I enjoyed the Eustace Diamonds immensely.A little more light hearted the some other of Trollope's works, and as such a highly entertaining companion over a period of grim weather.Timothy west is as always the perfect reader.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 10-24-10
    Anita San Francisco, CA, United States 10-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Classic Trollope"

    Another great yarn by Trollope. And Anthony West is again the perfect narrator. If you like Trollope, you'll enjoy this.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Cobden, Australia 05-25-12
    Virginia Cobden, Australia 05-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Lizzie Rocks!"

    Timothy West's narration is so at one with the story that it sweeps the listener into another world. Brilliant story and beyond superb narration. Timothy reads with such passion. Listening to Trollope's stories has made me a lean, mean machine as I listen at the gym and sometimes end up staying for three hours rowing, cycling and running just so I can hear the next part of the story. I listen every day and these books are a huge chunk of my life. Bravo to Timothy West. He is totally magnificent. He has turned me into a Trollope tragic. I cannot write an objective review because I listen with gobsmacked love. A complete addict!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Ferndale, WA, United States 12-11-12
    Laurel Ferndale, WA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Timothy West is Trollope!"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Perth, Australia 02-10-12
    Carol Perth, Australia 02-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Palliser books stand alone"

    The six Palliser books are wonderful. Timothy West is a superb narrator and brings the characters to life. Although it is very rewarding to listen to the series in sequence, I feel that each books is enjoyable on its own, without listening to them all. Highly recommended

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    Lenore Brisbane, Australia 01-18-12
    Lenore Brisbane, Australia 01-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "THE ERA IN WHICH THE STORY IS WRITTEN"
    Would you listen to The Eustace Diamonds again? Why?

    I DON'T THINK SO.


    What other book might you compare The Eustace Diamonds to and why?

    I MIGHT COMPARE IT TO OTHER STORIES WHICH ARE SET IN VICTORIAN TIMES THAT HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY ANTHONY TROLLOPE


    What does Timothy West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HE BRINGS ANTHONY TROLLOPE'S CHARACTERS TO LIFE AND MR WEST READS SO WONDERFULLY


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

    PERHAPS NOT.


    Any additional comments?

    I FIND LISTENING TO NARRATED BOOKS MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN READING THEM -- IT'S EASY TO GET TO KNOW THE CHARACTERS AND ALSO TO VISUALISE THEM.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jacinta Melbourne, Australia 08-06-12
    Jacinta Melbourne, Australia 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect intonation with subtle irony and humour"
    What made the experience of listening to The Eustace Diamonds the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Eustace Diamonds?

    The final confrontation between Lizzie Eustace and Lucy about whether Lucy should marry Frank.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes- Phineas Finn got me started.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes me laugh and marvel at the language.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly recommend the Timothy West readings of any Trollope books. I am looking forward to downloading the Barchester Chronicles after the Palliser books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-14
    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 02-12-14 Member Since 2006
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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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