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Publisher's Summary

We follow the mid-Eastern travels, careers, loves and marriages as three Oxford graduates explore the spirit of competition and the mid-Victorian money culture. This book is a remarkable novel full of psychological insight, satire, and social comedy.

(P)2008 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.

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Worst read book ever.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Trollope is for me. Not this reader.

What did you like best about this story?

Could not listen to,the book.

What didn’t you like about Flo Gibson’s performance?

Terrible. She read so,so,fast you cannot follow,the story or the nuances.

What character would you cut from The Bertrams?

Did not finish book.

Any additional comments?

I hope,to,get a refund.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • Seattle, WA USA
  • 08-31-12

Stay away from this reader!

What a shame this reader will discourage listeners from the joys of Anthony Trollope. She ruins the experience. Her voice only deserves these adjectives: monotonous, querulous, irritating, untrained. It's like having to sit through a 26-hour Christmas dinner with an elderly, dreary aunt.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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This fabulous author deserves a better narrator

If you could sum up The Bertrams in three words, what would they be?

insightful, innovative author

What didn’t you like about Flo Gibson’s performance?

She is just plain awful. Her voice quality is really bad. Her voice is so hard and raspy. I don't understand why she is narrating so many of these wonderful works.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. Simon Frobisher
  • 12-06-12

This Woman should NEVER Read Trollope

Awful, just awful. This narrator's high, American voice rattling away at a gallop with bizarre intonation and stops has made this unlistenable to me.



I adore Trolllope and Timothy West has taken me through Parliament and the aristocracy with the Pallisers and Barchester with the Clergy. Ms Gibson could not take me to chapter three.



I wasted my money do not waste yours. I would have given no stars were it possible.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosina Rowantree
  • 10-06-12

Not a patch on Timothy West

Having listened with great pleasure to the Palliser and Barchester novels, read by Timothy West, I looked forward to this. But the narrator is just terrible. The voices of the cast of characters are indistinguishable, one from the other, and all - including the author's comments - are read in without humour or change of rhythm. I would say it was monotonous, but Ms Gibson does put in strange rises and falls, intonations more suitable for questions occur in statements, and questions are asked flatly.



I do wonder if it is because she is an American. But I am one hour in, and cannot say that I will ever continue. Unless I purchase the book, or Audible releases it with a better reader, I will never find out what happens to the Bertrams and their friends.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • FM
  • 04-07-13

really not so bad!

while not comparable with Timothy West's Trollope audiobooks (I have all of them, wish he would record more), very much better than e.g. Librivox recordings by mainly American volunteers (usually several different volunteers per book).



So I'm rating this audiobook as someone who is used to hearing Trollope read by Americans. I didn't like it at first, but - feeling I was prejudiced - tried several Trollopes available on Librivox but not Audible. For instance, He Knew He was Right - which I consider one of Trollope's major novels - isn't available on Audible (or wasn't when I wanted to listen to it). The Librivox recording (by a single New York female reader, youngish I guess) is excellent.



In 2011, Flo Gibson died age 86 in the middle of her 1,134th audiobook recording (mainly of classic novels), I suggest she must have given satisfaction to American audiences at least. She couldn't vary the pitch of her characterizations, but made quite a good stab at upper class English accents.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful