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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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    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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    Julie Ann Koehler Chicago, IL United States 03-23-13
    Julie Ann Koehler Chicago, IL United States 03-23-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great Book, EXCELLENT READER"
    What made the experience of listening to The Way We Live Now the most enjoyable?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 03-13-13
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2005
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    "West comes through again!"

    I had thought this 32 hour opus would take several weeks, with a couple of breaks for other items, to get through - not so! I paused for another title once, but soon found myself wanting to get back to the soap-opera-like storyline. Trollope's satire shines through here with the nobility busy spending money they don't have, while scheming to marry their kids to "commoners" who've got some, publicly slobbering over the crass Melmotte while he's splashing around all that dosh. West's outright brilliant narration makes the book a slam dunk purchase.
    If you're familiar with the BBC production (starring David Suchet), the book itself goes into greater detail regarding the characters, especially Melmotte's daughter, Marie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Reen Battle Creek, MI 12-01-12
    M. Reen Battle Creek, MI 12-01-12 Member Since 2010

    Practical Dreamer

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    "Delicious, absorbing and companionable"
    Where does The Way We Live Now rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At or near the top of best audible books so far


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

    I purchased this book after hearing it recommended on Slate's Culture Gabfest - thank you Audible for continuing to sponsor that most excellent podcast. The story was my chief entertainment during a 20 hour solo trip during the holiday. At first I wasn't sure about my choice as the characters seemed disagreeable and the plot slow. I will admit it wasn't until the 7th or 8th hour that I admitted I was hooked. By the end I felt I was parting with dear friends. It has been said that when writing of universal themes an author must be as specific as possible. This story is a perfect example. Characters' inner thoughts, feelings, motives and decisions are given in great detail. Each one is given so much attention and consideration they are more then fleshed out - they live and breathe on the pages.

    The plot points center on 18th century British economics - no apparent regulated stock exchange and landed incomes starting to give way to "trade" wealth - and the kind of British social manners that are too far removed from our own time to even be called quaint. Even so, the larger ideas rise easily above. Romantic love versus personal self interest and economic security can be recognized as a push and pull between greed and generosity. The value of work and dangers of prosperity from idleness and deceit are explored. Throughout, the author's tone remains affectionate about his characters and their troubles. At the end I felt optimism about the word and human nature.

    I feel quite certain this is a story I will listen to again - even with its great length. So many ideas are contained within that one go isn't enough to absorb them all. If you love Austen, Wharton, Elliott etc and haven't yet discovered this story I recommend it highly.


    What about Timothy West’s performance did you like?

    Timothy West's talent is remarkable. His accents and modulations gave life to characters and his dramatic reading of dialogue brought scenes to life in a way that trumps the imagination. He managed female characters credibly and beautifully, which given his full rich male voice is a true actorly feat. I also appreciated the affectation of provincial british accents, which gives color to the various social circles covered in the story. John Crumb, a man of few words himself, lives in my mind because of the voice given him by Timothy West.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of Mrs Hirtle (sp?) was beautifully told. Her passions and desires are strongly felt and I found it impossible not to root for her entirely. I also was greatly moved by Roger Carbury's thoughts on friendship and his general sense of responsibilities toward others. Described often by the author as someone not prone to "thinking" I found his conclusions and decisions to be very moving and inspiring. Truly reflecting the best of what it means to love. If only he and Mrs. Hirtle could have made something together...


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    Deborah AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-31-11
    Deborah AUSTIN, TX, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2011
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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


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    Barbara Brentwood, TN, United States 03-10-11
    Barbara Brentwood, TN, United States 03-10-11 Member Since 2009
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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

    Tell us about yourself!

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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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    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 03-29-14
    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 03-29-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Bleak but not Unredeemed"

    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!!

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    Robin 05-28-13
    Robin 05-28-13

    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 ...

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    "somewhere between relaxing and boring"

    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.

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    "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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  • hfffoman
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    6/9/14
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    "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    Tairgwaith, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "Great story! great narration"
    Would you listen to The Way We Live Now again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is possibly Lady Carbury; a single woman bringing up her children as a writer.


    Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favourite?

    I could listen to Timothy West all day. All the characters are performed brilliantly.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Greed, railways and the city.


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  • Mrs
    Clavering, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Extraordinary. Timothy West rocks!"
    If you could sum up The Way We Live Now in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen, listen, listen. It will live and grow with you and leave an indelible impression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom
    8/13/13
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    "Reading and voicing fantastic"
    What did you like most about The Way We Live Now?

    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.


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

    They are all great.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
    5/3/13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Compelling listening"

    Fantastically narrated and a wonderfully compelling story. It will make you want to hear / read all of Trollope. Still relevant today. A total delight

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Constable Elbow
    Europe
    3/3/13
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    "Two masters at work."

    I find it impossible to exaggerate the quality of this audiobook - the novel is wonderfully entertaining(as well as wise and compassionate),the reading by Timothy West is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zoey
    London, United Kingdom
    12/6/11
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    "Well worth the initial effort"

    I do like a good period drama in a book. Although it was difficult to start I really enjoyed this once I got rolling, it was well worth the efforts. This is the wonder of Audible, I 'read' books recommended by the reviews of others that I may never have otherwise come across and I am rarely dissappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ST MICHEL DE CHAVAIGNES, France
    10/27/11
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    ""Slow start, but then it grips you. Excellent!""

    This is a story depicting the lives of many different families so, at first, it can seem rather involved & one is almost tempted to stop listening, but then it comes together & one is hooked! There is also the added advantage & pleasure of listening to Timothy West, who does a fantastic job of narration & character voices, which really brings the book alive, so much so, that you don't want it to end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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