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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...? Will the scheming and manipulative Lizzie ever get what she deserves?

The third and least political in Trollope's six-volume Palliser series, this audiobook features a most remarkable heroine. Humorously cynical, Trollope shows his insight into human nature, painting each character's flaws. But how will their flaws determine their fate?

Anthony Trollope was one of the most popular and prolific novelists of the 19th century and his work is considered some of the greatest fiction of the era.

Narrator Biography

Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and the Palliser series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial.

West's theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris and The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has held the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC), as well as appearing in Broken Biscuits (BBC), three series of Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Excellent author. Terrific narration

The story is full of memorable and well-drawn characters. Trollop is on a par, if not surpassing, Dickens. Timothy West as the narrator is unparalleled.

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Bit of a slog for me...

Would you listen to The Eustace Diamonds again? Why?

No, I'm reading the Palliser series in order and this one rather dragged for me, I really don't see the need to revisit it! I had the paperback, the audio and the e-book, and moved between the three of them depending on the situation and my mood - and if I wanted to knit while listening. Timothy West's performance was absolutely delightful, made a rather sluggish book move right along! It was a pleasure, I plan to enjoy the rest of the Palliser novels this way.

Would you recommend The Eustace Diamonds to your friends? Why or why not?

No, they aren't fans of Victorian novels.

Which scene was your favorite?

Nothing really stands out; I found Lizzie Eustace such an annoying, manipulative wretch and of course she's in most scenes, so I mostly wanted to get through the novel!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really - from other reviews I've read I think this may be the weakest book in the series, and I certainly didn't enjoy it as I did the Barsetshire novels and the first Palliser novels.

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Mmmmmm!

A favorite! Have listened to over and over! It is HILARIOUS! I LOVE THIS BOOK

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Love Timothy West!

So enchanted with the characters in this story. Timothy West's narration is flawless. My favorite of the series so far.

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Masterful narration of a very enjoyable novel.

Mr. West is just outstanding. His voice is detached and amused, as befits the narrator of this wonderful novel. He gives a voice to each character, bringing out the distinct personalities, without falling into shrillness or repetitiveness. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • 06-01-15

If you like Trollope, I's perfect.

Long,discursive Victorian novel. Not by any means my favorite heroine, but a cracking good villainess. Best précis of his moral philosophy-imperfect people who. Wish to be good- learn by taking baby steps in the right direction.

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She's a Scoundrel!!

Wonderful book in the Palliser series. The heroine is a brilliantly sketched woman of deep skulduggery, and her shenanigans play out beautifully here.

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trollope details behavior of shallow heroine

prior to listening to this novel, i had happily listened to 64 hours of trollope over the course of one month. i thoroughly enjoyed all of the other novels, two of which were in the palliser series. while trollope did an excellent job of showing the inner workings of his detestable "heroine," his examples of her shallowness and lack of conscience became heavy-handed. it is always difficult to read a book where the reader comes to despise one or more of the main characters. listening to the end was a chore, because i didn't care about any of the main characters in this novel. however, i wanted to know the outcome of this story, in order to maintain continuity with other characters in the palliser series. Timothy West is a brilliant narrator, and his narration added richness to an otherwise tedious story.

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good in parts, but overall just 3 stars for story

ok, so one doesn't expect an exciting plot from anthony trollope. unfortunately, this book had a thinner plot than expected, and the characters were uninspired. the narration is excellent, and some parts charming, so, on the whole, average for victorian audio fiction.

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