The Pallisers
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  • 1
    Can You Forgive Her? | Anthony Trollope

    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six in the Palliser series. 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 above all Trollope focuses on the predicament of women. 'What should a woman do with her life?' asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the audiobook.

    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..Show More »

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

    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    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.

    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)
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    Can You Forgive Her? | Anthony Trollope

    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Young, attractive and wealthy, Alice Vavasor is a woman in the prime of her life. And yet one question torments her: "What should a woman do with her life?" Torn between the kind but dull Mr. Grey and her dangerous and exciting cousin George, she is prone to constant indecision and uncertainty, much to the detriment of Mr. Grey. Can You Forgive Her? is a crisp and engaging novel, brimming with romance, humor, and pathos. It is the first of six in Trollope's celebrated Palliser series.

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    Can You Forgive Her? | Anthony Trollope

    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    In this, the first of the Palliser parliamentary novels, the plight of women in marriage, politics and private life is seen through the eyes of Alice and Kate Vavisor, Lady Glencora and the coquettish Mrs. Greenow.

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  • 2
    Phineas Finn | Anthony Trollope

    Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser series, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life. 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 into high society. However, he also falls more-or-less in love, first with politically-minded Lady Laura Standish, then with Violet Effingham, and finally with wealthy widow Madame Max Goesler.

    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..Show More »

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

    Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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    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.

    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)
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    Phineas Finn: Palliser, Book 2 | Anthony Trollope

    Phineas Finn: Palliser, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Phineas Finn, a handsome young man of 23, comes to England to make his fortune in parliamentary politics. But despite all his aspirations, Finn is haunted by ethical questions as his personal convictions conflict with his duty towards his party. Loyalty versus honor, love versus money, and privacy versus prominence: our eponymous hero faces a variety of dilemmas as he navigates his way through the House of Commons.

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  • 3
    The Eustace Diamonds | Anthony Trollope

    The Eustace Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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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...?

    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 ..Show More »

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

    The Eustace Diamonds: The Palliser Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    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.

    Slow and repetitive, not Trollope's usual

    I worked hard to finish this very meager story that Trollope stretched into a novel. I found myself longing for Dickens to take over so some of the wo..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 07 2015 by Deborah (CONCORD, NH, United States)
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    The Eustace Diamonds | Anthony Trollope

    The Eustace Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    Young, beautiful, wealthy and widowed Lady Lizzie Eustace plots to keep a beautiful necklace - which may (or may not) be her's. Her in-laws' solicitor fights for the diamonds return to their "rightful heirs." Then the theft of the jewels complicates matters even further.

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  • 4
    Phineas Redux | Anthony Trollope

    Phineas Redux

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    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.

    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 | Anthony Trollope

    Phineas Redux: Palliser, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    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.

    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 | Anthony Trollope

    The Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    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.

    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)
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    The Prime Minister | Anthony Trollope

    The Prime Minister

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Unscrupulous financial speculator Ferdinand Lopez, aspiring to marry into respectability and wealth, has society at his feet, with well-connected ladies vying with each other to exert influence on his behalf. Even Lady Glencora, the wife of Plantagenet Palliser, prime minister of England, supports the exotic imposter. Palliser, respectable man of power and inherited wealth, is appalled by the rise of this man who seemingly appeared out of nowhere.

    Fantastic

    Part of The Palisser series. Great story and wonderful read by the great Simon Vance. More Pallisers, please.

    Reviewed on March 06 2013 by Joyce (Monterey, MA, United States)
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    The Duke's Children | Anthony Trollope

    The Duke's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    The Duke's Children is the sixth and final audiobook in the Palliser series. 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.

    For the saga-phile

    One of Trollope's more domestic novels in which he focuses on characters we already know from their regular appearances in the Barchester novels. Acti..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 29 2011 by Alicia Czechowski (Baltimore Maryland)
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    The Duke’s Children | Anthony Trollope

    The Duke’s Children

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    The brilliant conclusion to the Palliser novels, this touching story follows the elderly Duke of Omnium, the former prime minister of England, as he struggles to overcome his grief at the loss of his beloved wife, Lady Glencora. To complicate matters, he must also deal with the willfulness of his three adult children as he tries to guide and support them - his plans for them are quite different from their own. While his two sons, sent down from university in disgrace, rack up gambling debts, the duke’s only daughter yearns to marry the poor son of a country squire.

    Satisfying conclusion

    Simon Vance narrates the final novel in the Palliser series with his usual grace and precision. The story itself is not a complex one: two couples are..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 20 2017 by Tad Davis (Philadelphia, PA USA)