The Pallisers
Books in series10
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  • 1

    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    Trollope inextricably binds together the issues of parliamentary election and marriage, of politics and privacy. The values and aspirations of the governing stratum of Victorian society are ruthlessly examined and none remains unscathed. But it is above all on the predicament of women that Trollope focuses. ‘What should a woman do with her life?’ asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the novel.

    David says: "Superb performance and sound"
    Superb performance and sound

    This is a review of the audiobook narrated by Timothy West, not a review of the novel per se. (I would advise new readers/listeners to Trollope to sta..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 21 2010 by David (Seattle, WA, United States)
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    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six Palliser novels. Here Trollope examines parliamentary election and marriage, politics and privacy. As he dissects the Victorian upper class, issues and people shed their pretenses under his patient, ironic probe.

    David says: "Very Very Victorian"
    Very Very Victorian

    This is a long, long book, and the first in a series, though I understand that they mostly stand alone so you don't really have to read them in order...Show More »

    Reviewed on September 27 2011 by David (Halethorpe, MD, United States)
  • 2

    Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser novels, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life, entangling political ambitions with the experiences of love. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted to high society.

    Leni Ramberg says: "The entire book is in the 3 parts of download."
    The entire book is in the 3 parts of download.

    I purchased this book before reading the reviews, but now that I happened to read them, I downloaded Part 3, listened to the final chapter - "The Conc..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 25 2010 by Leni Ramberg (Los Angeles, Ca, United States)
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    Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Phineas Finn is an Irish M.P.A. climbing the political ladder, largely through the assistance of his string of lovers. The questions he is forced to ask himself about honesty, independence, and parliamentary democracy are questions still asked today.

    connie says: "not a good first"
    not a good first

    If this had been my first Trollope novel, I probably would not have stuck with the read, but overall I liked it. The description of Parliamentary acti..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 13 2008 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 3

    The Eustace Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

    Natalie says: "Becky Sharp Revisited"
    Becky Sharp Revisited

    The third novel in the Pallisers series, "The Eustace Diamonds" is the least overtly political, though some of the main characters from the series re-..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 25 2010 by Natalie (Brisbane, Australia)
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    The Eustace Diamonds: The Palliser Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    The third novel in the Palliser series, The Eustace Diamonds is a satirical study of the influence of money and greed on human relationships in Victorian society. The story follows two contrasting women and their courtships. Lizzie Greystock and Lucy Morris are both hampered in their love affairs by their lack of money. Lizzie’s trickery and deceit, however, contrast with Lucy’s constancy.

    M says: "Good reading of okay story"
    Good reading of okay story

    I probably wouldn't listen to The Eustace Diamonds again because I found the story rather slow.

    Reviewed on January 07 2012 by M (Foristell, MO, United States)
  • 4

    Phineas Redux

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    In the fourth of the ‘Palliser’ stories, Trollope follows Phineas Finn’s return to the dangerous world of Westminster politics. When his political rival is murdered, Phineas is thrown under suspicion and eventually finds himself standing trial at the Old Bailey. The situation is complicated by the presence of two women in his life: his old flame Lady Laura, whose estranged husband is determined to destroy Phineas’s reputation, and the wealthy and enigmatic widow, Madame Max.

    Laurene says: "Delightful"
    Delightful

    Timothy West expertly performs a novel that might be more difficult to read on the page. To be honest, I don't understand all the finer points of parl..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 02 2010 by Laurene (New York)
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    Phineas Redux: Palliser, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    His beloved wife having died in childbirth, Phineas Finn finds Irish society and his job as a poorhouse inspector dull and unsatisfying, particularly after the excitement of his former career as a Member of Parliament. Back in England, the Whigs are determined to overturn the Tory majority in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Since Finn had once been considered the most promising of the younger set, he is encouraged to run for office again. Bribery, romance, and murder are peppered throughout this Trollope novel.

    Joyce says: "Old classic still resonates today."
    Old classic still resonates today.

    Yes. I have enjoyed reading the whole "Palliser" sries by Trollope, but the two books about our hero - Phineas Finn were the most enjoyable. Set in ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 12 2012 by Joyce (VERNON, British Columbia, Canada)
  • 5

    The Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser’s own wife, Lady Glencora.

    Liz says: "Wonderful!"
    Wonderful!

    The problem alluded to by other reviews appears to've been corrected, as I heard the complete novel. The incomparable Timothy West illuminates Trollo..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 14 2011 by Liz (Adelaide, South Australia)
  • 6

    The Duke's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Plantagenet Palliser, the Duke of Omnium and former Prime Minister of England, is widowed and wracked by grief. Struggling to adapt to life without his beloved Lady Glencora, he works hard to guide and support his three adult children. Palliser soon discovers, however, that his own plans for them are very different from their desires. Sent down from university in disgrace, his two sons quickly begin to run up gambling debts.

    Virginia says: "Heaven On A Stick!"
    Heaven On A Stick!

    I am just hoping that I won't develop post-Palliser depression! Timothy West is as one with the words.... simply sublime. I so loved this series. The ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 11 2012 by Virginia (Cobden, Australia)