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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!
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.
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.
It's unnerving how little the basic psychology of financial shenanigans have changed over 150 years.
Timothy West is everything a narrator can be -- interpretive but never intrusive. And an excellent job with both women's voices and American accents
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.
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!
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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everything after melmot's death could be lost and not hurt the novel but up to that it's great.
I think this is may be my favorite by Anthony Trollope. The book is a humorous Love story with some villainy and A small amount of unrequited love. But the reader or listener in this case is the left thoroughly satisfied.
I really enjoyed this, helped by the excellent narration by Timothy West which gave the perfect tone to the book. I wanted to get it as I'd heard that it gives a rather apt commentary on the recent financial situation but I would never have made it through the print version, so I got it in audio too and found it much a more enjoyable experience.
"wonderful narration of classic book"
I chose this as my first Trollope because it featured on the list of 100 greatest novels in The Guardian.
More than anything, the narration is captivating, and this makes a long text seem like a pleasant journey rather than a task to be completed.
The book itself is excellent : hypocrisy, social ambition and greed in high (ish) society are lampooned in a way that resonates strongly in the current financial climate. The love sub-plots (apparently something common to all Trollope books) are less satisfying, but do not detract from the overall success of the book.
I loved this listen, and might have a crack at another Trollope (definitely not a patch on Dickens for me, but still a lot to like), largely because the narration is of the highest order. This book would get into my top 100, but wouldn't threaten the top 75, so if this is the 'best' Trollope, then perhaps it might be better to quit here, but I can imagine Timothy West pulling me back, especially in a 2 for 1 offer . . .
"Wonderful narration by Timothy West"
This is an engaging and funny satire on Victorian London life, peopled with some wonderful characters. Timothy West's reading of this (and all Trollope's novels) is probably the best part.
This book surpassed my expectations. It was a delight from start to finish, and the narrator is consistently excellent - something that definitely makes a difference for a book of this length!
Classic story, brilliantly read. Great characters and social /political comedy.
Highly recommended - my first Trollope but definitely not my last.
"Wonderful introduction to Trollope"
Excellent witty sharp
Listening to this meant my next search was for 'read by Timothy West' - thrilled to find him reading all of the Barchester chronicles - my next choice
"Dickens meets Austen"
The comedic use of language and peerless narration were the stars of this audiobook. The writing is entertaining and easy to listen to.
Timothy West carries it all off with infectious enthusiasm managing male and female voices with equal facility and subtlety. My highlight was his odious Sir Felix struggling with his diction after having a couple of his teeth knocked out.
I look forward to listening to more from the Trollope/West partnership.
Trollope has a wry understated humour, I liked this book more than his others. This book is a huge undertaking, I'm so glad tackled it in audio book form. The characters are so well drawn, I couldn't wait to be alone to listen to it, It's big a love story, a financial who done it and a social commentary.
Again the humour, the 'Posh' people were unintentionally hilarious, the 'commoners' equally so. It is like a carry on script with loads of class and social rules, blocking each tier from living the lives they could. They all accept the parameters without question.
I loved it all, Timothy West is the perfect narrator for this book. When he is the female characters being really 'bitchy' to each other while being pleasant and refined, it's fantastic.
The way it was, now lost forever.
Listen to this, it will take you a long time, and no one in my family would listen to it with me, so I had to put headphones on (this was great actually). Treat yourself.
Utterly brilliant from start to finish, this is an intricate tale written clearly and read beautifully. I love Trollope, and Timothy West, what a combination!
I just wish there was a little more pause and quiet at the end before the Audible announcement so that one could take a breath and realise that it is finished. Apart from that, wonderful.
"Fancy some Trollope?"
I'd never read Trollope before but thought that it was time for something new (and long) to accompany me on my bicycle rides. I am so pleased that I chose this. The narration, as you might expect, is very good from Timothy West. However it is the story itself which won me over. The characters are fantastic and you immediately engage with them and despair at times at their actions. The author has managed to maintain a steady pace throughout with numerous 'laugh out loud' moments along the way. If you fancy a change from Dickens, perhaps consider this.
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