(P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks
His dry wit is wonderful
it was a surprise how horrid a childhood he had suffered.
The fact that it sounded as it it been recorded in a living room with a blanket over the actors head was disturbing. And at points made it impossible to hear what was read.
"the meaning of work"
Trollope gives direct instruction on virtuous work. In his case, he followed his bliss of novel writing while working for a steady income in government service innovating efficient mail delivery guidelines for Ireland. I am changed by Trollope's moral strength. For him, all action follows from character. The narrator is a 19th century elderly voice. The narrator was brilliant.
"definately for the Trollope officianado"
Trollope is a fovorite author, so I enjoyed the added depth this book provided. It is very idiosyncratic, and Trollope obviously vented as he was not writing for his own contemporary reading public. The long list of his life's earnings from his novels, I found peculiar and petty, but then, I wonder if Trollope imagined readers decades after his death, plodding through it, and had a last laugh. The reader was perfect-I thought I was listening to Trollope himself.
"Frank, lively, thought-provoking"
The fascinating candid memoir of a major English writer. He gives a graphic description of growing up in 19th century England. The discussion of novels and novelists is refreshing.
"Required reading for Trollopians, praise for Mayes"
I read the Autobiography before I listened to it, and I was surprised how much richer the audio version is. As others have noted, Mayes here has a 19th century voice and delivery, and I really could imagine him as Trollope himself.
"great but flawed autobio"
of course - anytime anywhere because he's a great writer
his early struggles - when the autobio finished with that it became uninteresting mostly
at first i couldn't stand him - but he grew on me until i felt that i was listening to trollope himself
when trollope was a poor schoolboy
"Excellent reading of an excellent autobiography!!"
It ranks at the top. Mayes' voice is Trollope's voice. As an avid Trollope reader, this is how I always imagined him as the voice of his novels, telling the story. He says in the autobiography that he actually lived in the character's shoes, so to speak, and knew what and how the character's spoke.
There is no comparison in biographies (and I have read many); I have read no other autobiographies that I can recall offhand.
Everything!! I do not like a lot readers, I just stop listening and read the book. The voice in my head is better. Not so with this audiobook. It added to the book tremendously. I can't wait to see if there is another book read by this reader.
The last few pages were the most heart stirring of any book I have ever read, especially with the voice of the reader. I wanted everyone I know to read it, or better still, to hear it.
This is my first review that I can remember, even though I've been an Audible member for as long as I can remember. I love books, and as I get older, my eyesight is dimming. I love holding a book, and usually listen partly to any book I read. I worked as an itinerant teacher, listening to books as I drove from school to school, sometimes in another town.
"Victorian writing business"
Mayes is perfect as AT and the chapters are fascinating for anyone interested in Victorian fiction or who has read AT's novels. AT keeps cards close to his chest and, yes, he is a disappointment as a bit of a bigot. But lovable. And quite right about the writing business
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