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A classic tale of male dominance, corruption and love. An enjoyable and timeless story relevant today. Well crafted and narrated.
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.
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.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
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.
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.
I took a chance with this book due to other reviews and was very glad I did. The only other Trollope book I've read was Framely Passage and disliked that - couldn't finish. This one is nothing like that one (Nor like the one I'm listening to now - Can you Forgive Her? - which is more like FP, in that, the story is about one dimensional characters who do dumb things constantly and then are unhappy with their lives. boohoo. CYFH? is social commentary on bland-superficial people, while TWWLN is a broader, more interesting social commentary on that time - much more Dickens-like). This book is fairly rich but not overly complex story with some interesting characters. Because I liked this book so much, I was not put off by the extensive thought process detailed for some of the main characters. It seems this author wanted the readers to fully understand (to possibly relate to) a characters' thoughts on why they did what they did. This might turn off some readers, as it seemed redundant in some places, so I offer this as a caution.
The narration can't be overly praised - this is among the very best I've ever listened to. He went far beyond creating voices for the various characters, but acted them out as if he were on stage. This narrator is why I went on to listed to Can You Forgive Her?, and he is very good with that book, but nearly as good as a performance as with this one!
I honestly finished this book because, as an optimist, I kept hoping it would improve. There were only three characters that I liked, all the others I hated hearing about. Although the story does enlighten the reader to the mood of the era, it would be more fun listening to a book of history,
I just didn't like this book. The characters were annoying and I didn't care what happened to anyone - I almost stopping listening a few times when certain characters were making the same mistakes over and over and over and over. This writer certainly doesn't think people have any redeeming qualities. The book was irritating more than anything else. It was the only book I had to listen to for the week, so I labored through it. I just didn???t like it at all. Waste of time and money.
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AH..... the use of the English language is SUBLIME.. but the story and the content goes on and on,... and on..... the author could have wrapped it up a bit quicker, but nonetheless, great insight of the characters.. would I buy it again??? hmmm only if on sale.. by the way this book has been made into a movie .. checi out Netflix...
Well, I like this kind of book - long and in this time period and parts were interesting enough to make me not want to turn it off but it's just too long and wordy. I would've willing skipped sections and enjoyed it more. Well written, historical detail, great narrator, just too long and not enough story - sometimes very slow.
"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.
"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.
""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...
"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.
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