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The Prime Minister | [Anthony Trollope]

The Prime Minister

Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora.
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Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora. But when the interloper makes a socially advantageous marriage, Palliser must decide whether to stand by his wife’s support for Lopez in a by-election or leave him to face exposure as a fortune-hunting adventurer.

A novel of social, sexual and domestic politics, 'The Prime Minister' raises one of the most enduring questions in government - whether a morally scrupulous gentleman can make an effective leader.

©2004 Anthony Trollope (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Jessica Ward 02-15-12
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    "Before Downton Abbey there was The Prime Minister"
    What made the experience of listening to The Prime Minister the most enjoyable?

    Trollope's fifth of the Palliser Novels surely must have served as inspiration for Downton Abbey. The truly noble sensibilities of the Prime Minister (The Duke of Omnium) and of his bright and charming, but not always appropriately sedate wife, Lady Glencora, remind the reader of the main characters in Downton Abbey.

    Timothy West makes all the characters, the ones you love and the ones you hate, real. This is one of those books whose spirit permeates the way you feel about your day! It also leads you to take up activities that will allow you to keep listening!

    Readers of The Prime Minister will want to go back to the first Palliser Novel, Can You Forgive Her?, and become acquainted with the engaging cast of characters who move in and out of the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    About 4 hours and 30 minutes into Part 3, there is an eloquent statement by the Duke about why he has remained a liberal in Parliament.


    Any additional comments?

    Trollope improves the way I think, and the way I talk. He writes the best letters for his characters to send (though not especially in The Prime Minister).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily brentwood, NH, United States 03-19-14
    Emily brentwood, NH, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "lots to be irritated about"
    What did you like best about The Prime Minister? What did you like least?

    pretty improbable, what a wimp that heroine is. more importantly, it's anti-semitic and anti-hispanic enough to irritate--really anger--even a wasp.


    Would you recommend The Prime Minister to your friends? Why or why not?

    no


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

    he really is good, i probably wouldn't have kept listening at all if it weren't for his smooth delivery and great characterization.


    Do you think The Prime Minister needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    i would be happy to listen to mr. west's reading of another book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miranda Andover, MA, United States 03-04-14
    Miranda Andover, MA, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The most prejudiced novel I have read by Trollope."
    Would you try another book from Anthony Trollope and/or Timothy West?

    As a Trollope fan, I write this review for others of you who consume these novels with as much relish as i do. With this novel, I have hit my limit; this is the most antisemitic novel I have encountered by any English novelist (including Trollope). Worse than THE WAY WE LIVE NOW in this respect; at least that novel has enough structural complexity to swallow up the Jew-hating sections to some extent.


    Has The Prime Minister turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    He is a very good reader and my review has nothing to do with the performance; he does a nice job of handling the transitions between female and male voices (the biggest challenge for the audiobook voice actor)


    What character would you cut from The Prime Minister?

    The problem character is Ferdinand Lopez, who is variously described as a filthy black, a Jew despoiling the Egyptians, a greasy foreigner, a blackguard.


    0 of 0 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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    "Trollope + West = Unbeatable prose"

    Whithout a doubt Timothy West is the BEST reader of Trollope on Audible. And this story, the next to last in the Palliser series, is one of the most affecting.

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    Nora Pacific Palisades, CA, United States 05-09-13
    Nora Pacific Palisades, CA, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm a long, long time listener"

    I have listened to over 250 audio books over 20 plus years. My taste is eclectic, but I do tend towards longer books, because I get more bang for my buck!

    I have really enjoyed the Palliser series. This one is reasonably balanced between politics and characters, don't let the title fool you.

    Of all the Palliser novels so far, I believe this one is the most dependent on the previous novels, although they are all independently enjoyable, each focusing on a different tangent line of characters.

    But the great pleasure of this book is Timothy West. He a truly brilliant reader, and the perfect match for all Trollope.

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