The Pallisers

16 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423 ratings

Can You Forgive Her? Publisher's Summary

Exclusively from Audible

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, from her friend, the uncomfortably married Lady Glencora, to her aunt, the coquettish Mrs. Greenow, as well as her clear-headed cousin, Kate.

Alice is torn between marrying her ambitious but violent cousin George or the bland but gentlemanly John Grey, ending up both accepting and rejecting each of them in turn and thus transgressing from the Victorian moral code.

In contrast, her friend Lady Glencora is forced to marry the rising politician Plantagenet Palliser to prevent the worthless Burgo Fitzgerald from wasting her vast fortune.

Trollope was considered one of the most successful and respected English writers of the Victorian era. With more than 40 published novels, they are regarded by some as among the greatest of 19th-century fiction. Many of his works covered political, social and gender issues. Fans of his work have included former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major.

Narrator Biography

Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope’s classics, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama’s A History of Britain and John Mortimer’s Rumpole on Trial. Timothy West’s theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus. His films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax and Bleak House.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Show More Show Less
  • Book 1

    • Can You Forgive Her?

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 28 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 479
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 390
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb performance and sound

    • By David on 05-21-10

    Regular price: $31.97

    • Can You Forgive Her?

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 27 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 154

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very Very Victorian

    • By David on 09-27-11

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Can You Forgive Her?

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
    • Length: 33 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great narrator!

    • By A. Dionysia on 01-24-18

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Can You Forgive Her?

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 29 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 2

    • Phineas Finn

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 276

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timothy West Is My Homeboy

    • By Virginia Waldron on 04-27-12

    Regular price: $27.71

    • Phineas Finn

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • not a good first

    • By connie on 03-13-08

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Phineas Finn

    • Palliser, Book 2
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
    • Length: 28 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 3

    • The Eustace Diamonds

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 25 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285

    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...?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Becky Sharp Revisited

    • By Natalie on 08-25-10

    Regular price: $31.97

    • The Eustace Diamonds

    • The Palliser Novels, Book 3
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 23 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Slow and repetitive, not Trollope's usual

    • By Deborah on 12-07-15

    Regular price: $34.96

    • The Eustace Diamonds

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $33.59

  • Book 4

    • Phineas Redux

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful

    • By Laurene on 11-02-10

    Regular price: $27.71

    • Phineas Redux

    • Palliser, Book 4
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Old classic still resonates today.

    • By Joyce on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 5

    • The Prime Minister

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 27 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 231

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Liz on 10-14-11

    Regular price: $31.97

    • The Prime Minister

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Joyce on 03-06-13

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 6

    • The Duke's Children

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 21 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • For the saga-phile

    • By Alicia Czechowski on 10-29-11

    Regular price: $27.71

    • The Duke’s Children

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Satisfying conclusion

    • By Tad Davis on 08-20-17

    Regular price: $31.47