• Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the death of his son, Sir Harry Hotspur had determined to give his property to his daughter Emily. She is beautiful and as strong-willed and high-principled as her father. Then she falls in love with the black-sheep of the family.
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Sometimes a Great Fall

This was my introduction to Tony Britton as a narrator and I am very impressed. Timothy West and Frederick Davidson come to mind as comparable in talent.

This book could have been titled Emily after the heroine Miss Hotspur. In some ways she reminds me of Marianne Dashwood "Sense and Sensibility" in her naivet? and of Fanny Price "Mansfield Park" in the strength of her resolve. Like her sister heroines, Emily is not the kind of woman one would willingly cross. The thought of the probable results would terrify me. However, George Hotspur, the anti hero of the piece, had no such terrors. Glib as Willoughby and smooth as Henry Crawford, he was sure of his ability to talk his way out of or into any situation and confident of his ability with women. Like his fellow scoundrels, his weakness of character comes into play. I am not so satisfied with Trollope's bitter sweet conclusion of this little tale but one can't have everything.

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Tedious and Depressing

An excellent narrator cannot redeem Trollope's maudlin tale of failed romance between a bad man and the puritanical, delusional woman who inexplicably loves him. The crux of the story is told in the first two hours; the remaining five hours are devoted to the characters' interminable vacillating. From the endless moping - and and pointless hoping - of Trollope's reality-challenged heroine, I conclude that upperclass women of this era had way too much free time ... to think about themselves. Listen at your own risk.

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Beautiful Narration

Tony Britton has a beautiful voice and superlative diction. I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the performance. This is an interesting book and the characters are engrossing.

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Sweet and sad and marred by prejudice

One of the sweetest, saddest stories of Trollope that I've read. Cousin George, who is a bounder beyond redemption, convinces himself that he loves Emily, and convinces her too; but as her father Sir Harry suspects, he really just wants her money. The result destroys more than one person, emotionally if not physically. Tony Britton gives a wonderful reading.

One thing has to be said, though. One of the darkest crimes charged against George is that he’s in hock to the Jews. Were he in debt to good Anglicans, it wouldn't have been held against him, at least not to the same extent. Reading Trollope can be exasperating.

How could someone who writes such genial fiction, with such engaging characters, continually mar his writing with this ugly prejudice? It's not a question of Trollope simply being a man of his time. The same period gave birth to novels with deeply drawn, sympathetic Jewish characters: novels like Daniel Deronda and Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend. Enjoying Trollope, as I do, can sometimes be a cringeworthy experience. I would have given the story 5 stars otherwise.

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Great read

I love most of Trollope's books as I did this one except I was completely surprised with the ending Trollope gave.

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  • clare
  • 12-03-11

Sad little story

Well read book and with a lot of the usual period interest but this is such a sad little story I was very depressed when I'd finished it.

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  • Julie Bail
  • 08-17-11

poor book great reading

I love Trollope, but this is not a good one. The narrator reads beautifully though, and maybe for Trollope tragics this is worth it.

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  • Peter R
  • 08-16-21

Great acting, solid story but a tragedy & no fun

As a bit of a Trollope addict I enjoyed this novel which I'd not previously listened to or read. Great writing, suspenseful, but with a sad ending and none of the usual wry humour which Trollope normally excels in. I must commend the narrator Tony Britton: this book was acted outstandingly well. It seemed like a whole cast of different actors were playing the various characters with great accomplishment. I'd love to hear more Trollope novels acted by him.

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  • C.M.Armstrong
  • 05-25-20

The first Anthony Trollope to disappoint.

I love everything I have read by Anthony Trollope, but not this one. The narration was like the curate's egg, good in parts. The depiction of the female protagonist was poor, an affected female voice which irritated. It was not helped by the poor plot which could have been told in half the pages.

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  • Hima
  • 07-29-22

Trollope

I enjoy these stories for the intrigue suspense and elegant language. I often come back to Trollope and it never disappoints.

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  • Roly
  • 07-24-22

Insight into Victorian social milieu

I needed to persevere initially as the novel was wordy and a little agonising ! However it improves in pace and is an insight into Victorian social milieu with a number of the usual stereotypes and predictable anti semitic tropes. The plot however becomes almost magnetic and I was compelled to finish. There is good character development and only in the denouement are the fates’ of their tragic flaws revealed.

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  • Janice Day
  • 07-04-22

Fascinating

Such a load of old twaddle that it was gripping, and so beautifully narrated.

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  • cyclingcarol
  • 03-11-22

Gripping Tale of Victorian Aristocracy

Very insightful tale focusing on the struggle between morality and immorality in a Victorian Lake District setting. Beautifully read.

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  • VFT
  • 11-29-21

Really enjoyed this - though sad.

I’d recommend this - though as with a number of Trollope’s heroines i get rather exasperated!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-21

Not Trollope's best

Possibly his most irritating heroine ever! Pull yourself together dear and get over it. Clearly the author wanted to tell the story of a particular kind of love and a particular kind of woman who might experience that love. To his contemporaries it might have sounded noble and self sacrificing but to modern ears (mine at least!) it sounded maudlin and selfish. However, Trollope tells the story well, as always, and the narrator brings it to life very nicely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-22

Excellent but not Trollope's best

If you're coming new to Trollope, start elsewhere. The Palliser or Barset series or The Way We Live Now, as read by Timothy West. Yes, this one might seem a good place to start because of its much shorter length but it's not going to allow you to judge whether Trollope is for you. One could not think much of this but really be taken by his other work. Having done those, I am starting on the rest and really enjoyed this. After West, who seems perfect for Trollope, Mr Britten is among the best (at least to a British ear), his Thomas Hardy work is very good too,. Just because this is not IMO one of Trollope's top 10, doesn't mean it is not well worthwhile - it is rather a reflection of how I loved those named.

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