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The Way We Live Now Audiobook

The Way We Live Now

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Publisher's Summary

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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    A. H. 07-26-15
    A. H. 07-26-15

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    "A must read or listen"

    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.

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    Sylvia 04-11-15
    Sylvia 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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    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 03-29-14
    nyog Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 03-29-14 Member Since 2015
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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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    J Wrightnour 12-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A Movie in my Head"
    Would you listen to The Way We Live Now again? Why?

    NO! Too long to listen to more than once!


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

    The accents! He did a great job brining the characters to life!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "An ensemble cast that really works!"


    Any additional comments?

    The story moved along the entire time. A fun listen.

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    Karen Banora Point, Australia 08-14-12
    Karen Banora Point, Australia 08-14-12
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    "It is indeed the way we live now"

    A classic tale of male dominance, corruption and love. An enjoyable and timeless story relevant today. Well crafted and narrated.

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    Linda J. Westerschulte 06-22-12
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    "Trollope the way I like him"

    This is Trollope at his best. The personalities are multidimensional and clearly drawn, the story is acerbic and engaging, and no self-destructive heroines annoy us by interminable pining or by punishing themselves past the endurance of their families and their readers. (For an example of unbearable self-flagellation ad nauseum see The Prime Minister). I like Timothy West's reading very much. He has a handsome, deep voice that seems to relish Trollope's wit. He uses subtle changes of accent for some of his characters and he reads the women's voices in a natural tone.

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    Debra B 04-24-12
    Debra B 04-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and timely"
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    I read this a year ago, and I am still amazed at the similarities between Trollope's time and our own. I'm talking, of course, about all the Ponzi schemes and human frailties. An engaging book that held my interest.

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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-11-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-11-12 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "WORTHWHILE THANKS TO WEST"

    Timothy West's narration saves this story from mediocrity. Had I read this story instead of listened to it, I doubt I would have finished it. West does a fab job of narrating all the players both male and female, bringing this somewhat placid story to life with a great memorable atmosphere. This listen was a breath of fresh air and it was just what I was looking for. If your looking for a light yet not boring 19th century period piece that's a refreshing change, then I highly recommend this listen. I'm really impressed with West and I'm going to look for more books of this period with his narration. Some narrators are very talented with the characters voices but read too fast.Eg.Juliet Stevenson. West has the perfect cadence and timing which is a greatly undervalued trait.

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    Amazon Customer 09-10-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, terrific reader"

    For Trollope lovers like myself, this book is one of his best, with some unforgettable characters like Melmotte, the larger-than-life swindler. The story, though set more than 100 years ago, has contemporary echoes in the big financial scandals (Madoff, etc.). Timothy West is a great reader, unlike Flo Gibson, whose mechanical, sing-song version of this book was so awful that I bought this one. I'm glad I did.

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  • Joanne
    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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • zomodo
    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.

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  • lesjean
    Sarthe, 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...

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  • twigs way
    cambridge UK
    10/16/11
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    "Good - but a bit too long!"

    This was good - if you like Trollope - but a tad on the drawn out side = could have been 3 vols perhaps! But well read and a good Trollope.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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