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Philip

Philip Tonbridge, United Kingdom Member Since 2007
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  • "Gloriously comforting"

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    Twenty hours! I think the great beauty of this audio-book lies in its bulk- and the knowledge that the rest of the Pallisers- each equally bulky- can follow behind it- like a warm ocean of Trollope stretching out with no further shore in sight.

    It's a sort of gentle relief from boredom on an epic scale- and Timothy West's voice assures us that it will all be very moderate, very reasonable, very English... and there is no need at all to hurry...

    I listened to it in about a week, while lambing sheep, as a kind of backround music.

    In the whole thing only one mistake springs to mind- He pronounced 'Shoreditch' once with too much emphasis on the last syllable. And the pauses between chapters are too long.

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    Can You Forgive Her?

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    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 it is above all on the predicament of women that Trollope focuses. 'What should a woman do with her life?' asks Alice Vavasor of herself, and this theme is echoed by every other woman in the novel.

    Philip says: "Gloriously comforting"
  • "superb"

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    I've listened to it right through, twice- with about 18 months in between the two, but I was still surprised how gripping it was on the second outing.

    As always, beautifully read.

    But spot the mistake! at the meeting of the hunt on Copperstream Common (or wherever it is) a character is said to be talking to Lady Chiltern when she is actually talking to Lord Chiltern. Trollope's mistake or Timothy West's?

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    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.

    Philip says: "superb"
  • "excellent production"

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    This is excellent. admittedly it's rather slow, and not the most exciting play Shakespeare ever wrote- but this audio book has tremendous charm, I've listened to it repeatedly.

    It's the BBC, of course- and it shows; excellent cast and superbly produced with all those tiny sound effects- rain, a bird cry, the click of billiard balls- which one barely notices but which make it all seem real.

    I remember a critic writing that he found all Samuel West's performances strangely cold. If that is true it suits the role of Richard ii, he really captures the peevish, self-pitying poetry.

    I forget who plays Harry of Hereford, but he's excellent, a real feeling of vigor and action with the right degree of temper and coldness. His charismatic brute force carries along the play- and he does very well with some of the doggerel he has to spout.

    The only real flaw is the sound effects- symbolic objects, such as crowns, give off a mystical vibration, which is fine for crowns. Unfortuately gauntlets also give off a peculiar sound and in the scene where everyone is throwing down their gauntlets it sounds like a row in a tin-can factory.

    The other draw back is that the BBC didn't cast this and the two Henry IVs together.

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    BBC Radio Shakespeare: Richard II (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Joss Ackland, Full Cast
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    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    Philip says: "excellent production"
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