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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.
Loved the back-story of greed, avarice, malice, and several other well-described sins. Engrossing and interesting from start to finish. Great narration.
Timothy West is fantastic. I will look for other books read by him for sure. This story is great too. It's long, but well worth it. Repeatitive at times, but that's probably good because it's mostly recaps to remind the listener about the multitudes of characters. There are so many hilarious moments in this book that simply sneak up on the reader. You won't regret this purchase!
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
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.
Timothy West is always amazing, so we'll focus on the rest. This surely must be one of Trollope's bleakest novels. No character goes completely unscathed. But on the other hand, not one is left completely undeserving of our sympathy or at least some respect. But it is, for precisely those reasons, one of the most satisfying. There are at least two amazing characters in Winifred Hurtle and Augustus Melmotte. Well worth the listen!!
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
This is the first book i've read by Anthony Trollope. To say it moves slowly is an understatement. Mostly concerns itself with spouse-hunting and finding, etiquette and matters of money. Nonetheless, I did listen to the whole book, as the characters are interesting and the narration excellent. If you are considering a book of this era, much better to read the Forsyte Saga.
"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.
"A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
Absolutely superb. Timothy West's reading of Trollope is one of the great Triumphs of literature read aloud. Don't be put off by the length. It is not a minute too long. I have listened to his reading of all The Barchester Chronicles and the Palliser novels and am sorry to have come to an end of them all.
If you don't know Trollope you should be warned that his style is very different classics such as Bronte, Austen and Hardy which poetically into the depths of peoples' feelings. Trollope writes with very little imagery and instead analyzes his characters' motives and political calculations, chiefly involving pride, status, and money. If that is not what you want in a novel, you won't like it. If you do want it, you will delight in every page at his accurate, witty understanding of how people's minds work.
"Great story! great narration"
I have listened to this story four times and love it each time. It addresses such relevant issues to today, and yet it was written over 100 years ago. Trollope is an amazing storyteller.
My favourite character is possibly Lady Carbury; a single woman bringing up her children as a writer.
I could listen to Timothy West all day. All the characters are performed brilliantly.
Greed, railways and the city.
"Extraordinary. Timothy West rocks!"
What I find fascinating about this story is that over a 100 years after bring written, it's description of moral and financial corruption could equally apply today. Superbly drawn characters who just cannot help themselves. Nothing has really changed, and these problems with society and business are nothing new! The observations are fascinating. Different era, same human frailties.
Timothy West brought this long and involved story to life, his expression and interpretation definitely lifted this novel out of the "I might struggle to read it" category into an unputdownable journey of shock and delight.
I loved it all.
Listen, listen, listen. It will live and grow with you and leave an indelible impression.
"Reading and voicing fantastic"
Its one of the books I have enjoyed and read but the audio reading added even more to it and I think Timothy West's reading wonderful.
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"Simply superb storytelling"
I remembered seeing this on television and so saw David Suchet in my mind as Melmot and Shirley Henderson as Marie, both perfectly cast. I kept thinking about the Robert Maxwell saga while listening to descriptions of the sort of business deals Melmot engaged in; nothing changes!
Timothy West is simply superb as the narrator and moves from character to character with great ease and fluidity. You can easily believe you are listening to more than one person during dialogues. He brought the long and complex story to life from what might have been a daunting printed read for the average person. I love Trollope but can't wade through such long books any more. The subscription to Audible has solved this problem in great style! I'm very impressed by the quality and variety of what's on offer and often recommend Audible to my friends.
Fantastically narrated and a wonderfully compelling story. It will make you want to hear / read all of Trollope. Still relevant today. A total delight
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