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The Way We Live Now | [Anthony Trollope]

The Way We Live Now

In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.
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In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

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    Nathaniel United States 01-21-11
    Nathaniel United States 01-21-11

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    "The Way We Live Now"

    This is the first book I've read/listened to by Anthony Trollope. I was compelled by the reviews for this book to give it a try and I'm glad that I did. Although the book was published in 1875 the story rings true to "the way we live now" in a universal way that I suppose always will. I have never known a story with so many flawed characters and the trial and errors of these characters, though exasperating at times, are fasanating. I found myself annoyed and compelled all at the same time with these characters- the way I feel about a lot of the people I know and care about in my own life. This book, although slow at times (I dazed through some of the chapters) all in all is well worth the time I invested listening to it. Now on to the next Anthony Trollope novel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan San Marcos, TX, USA 04-09-10
    Jonathan San Marcos, TX, USA 04-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    I really enjoyed this story. It was a good story and nice and long.

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    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 07-08-14
    Bergljot Mosfellsbaer, Iceland 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good value!"

    Perhaps not one of Trollope's best but still more interesting than "The Prime minister" which was the one I took before and actually gave up on half way through.
    This one has entertaining side stories and Timothy West's reading is excellent as always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 05-01-14
    Reader 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love it and highly recommend!"
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    Loved the back-story of greed, avarice, malice, and several other well-described sins. Engrossing and interesting from start to finish. Great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-31-11
    Deborah AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure pleasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is as close to pure enjoyment as literature gets. On the usual literary criteria the book is just short of the highest peak -- beautifully written, insightful but not transformative. But never have I had so much plain damn fun with a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way We Live Now?

    It's unnerving how little the basic psychology of financial shenanigans have changed over 150 years.


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

    Timothy West is everything a narrator can be -- interpretive but never intrusive. And an excellent job with both women's voices and American accents


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 09-02-11
    Pamela 09-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Trollope's world"

    The Way We Live Now is an excellent introduction to the writings of Trollope. It's long, but never boring, and the characters are well-developed.

    Some might call Anthony Trollope the male equivalent of Jane Austen and I can see why. But to me his stories had such a different flavor. I liked that not everything always comes out perfectly in his endings. I also liked that some of the books got into the workings of Parliament as it was then. He is very good at portraying his female characters, many of whom are very feisty and colorful.

    I started with this stand alone book, became utterly fascinated, then listened to all the Barsetshire Chronicles, followed by all the Palliser series. I have spent the last couple of months in Trollope's world and hated to leave it. There are some other novels left, but I loved each of the two series and having familiar characters come in and out of the various books. Even more so than Austen I became so frustrated with problems caused by the lack of communication (due to cultural restraints of the time) that I wanted to grab the particular character out of the book and shake some sense into them.

    And what can I say of Timothy West? I love Simon Vance, but after hearing the samples I went with the West narrations and am so glad I did. He was pitch perfect and his accents were marvelous. He was a large part of how much I enjoyed this entire journey. I became so absorbed into this world that I am not at all sure what to read now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Brentwood, TN, United States 03-10-11
    Barbara Brentwood, TN, United States 03-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Jolly good, old chap! Pity it had to end!"

    Wonderful book! Loved the colorful cast of deeply drawn memorable characters. Trollope shows us the effects of living under the emotional and class constraints of English society in the 1870's in a most enjoyable way. This book transported me into their world and let me peek into what they thought and how they felt and why. Although there were quite a few characters to follow, I really didn't mind at all. The droll and witty writing caused me quite a few chuckles along the way. I hated to see it end! Timothy West's narration was masterful and thoroughly entertaining. This was my first encounter with Trollope and West and, I dare say, certainly not my last!

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    "Could be condensed into half an hour"

    Reading a book like this makes one think about how much time was squandered in those days! I fast forwarded the chapters from time to time and thought that I was still in the same spot!! I did not get a good feeling from listening to this book as it was all about matchmaking in the excruciatingly slow 19th century way. A few political sub-plots and money making scams thrown in for good measure. Women being used and abused or just treated as window dressing. Very uninspiring!

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    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 12-07-10
    murray LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 12-07-10 Member Since 2007

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    "what a story!"

    everything after melmot's death could be lost and not hurt the novel but up to that it's great.

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    Sylvia K. Miller 04-11-15
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    "Perfect voice for Trollope"

    Timothy West is the ideal narrator for Trollope. In addition to having the perfect voice and accent and doing various voices wonderfully, he reads with humor and affection--but not too much. His tone strikes just the right balance. The Way We Live Now has all the character types that interact on the stage of Trollope's most enjoyable stories, including a few complex and highly interesting women. This novel also features a story of financial speculation that gives a contemporary twist to its title (Robert Maxwell and Bernie Madoff come to mind).

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