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- ca..Show More »n 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.
A beautifully read and fascinating insight into Victorian politics. Exactly the same problems and dilemmas face the modern politician. My great regret..Show More » is that Audible have not yet bought the rights to other Trollope novels in the same series read by West. They are all there and can be found on tape.
My intro to Trollope's Phineas Finn was through the 1970s TV series, The Pallisers, since watched on video and more recently DVD. The Phineas in Trol..Show More »lope's Palliser series is a mite more macho and naughty - his indecision as to which lovely lady to pursue to promote his political career versus his longing for the lovely pure Mary back home are well drawn by Trollope and one sympathises for his predicament in an era where, without inherited wealth and position within society, aspirations towards political power were hard to realise. The audio book has added a complexity to the character, but at the same time, with the deftness of touch which characterises Trollope's novels, where the human condition and foibles are exposed, but with gentle irony. If the sight of those close printed Trollope novels has put you off, in case of boredom, then try this audio book - it bowls along and takes you with it, effortlessly - I was sorry when it finished.
Timothy West has such subtlety and humourous nuance flowing from his brain to his vocal chords that he could read a train timetable and I would probab..Show More »ly be interested for ten minutes at least. It is wonderful to have a reader of such skill to present the various works of Trollope for the first time, for me at least. Now I see where Joanna gets it. An enthralling look at what people of a certain class were up to in England in the 1860's. Flawless reading, and nice and long.
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 outi..Show More »ng.
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?
Until last week if you bought this you only got the first third of the book. It is now all present and correct.
To me it is one of the..Show More » most interesting of the Palliser series, contrasting an upright man trying to lead the nation with the bounders taking over the world at, as Trollope saw it, a time of moral decay. There is an arch-cad, involved in double dealings and who gets into Parliament. Lady Glencora is drawn into shady dealings, scandal is whipped up by the gutter press and falls on the Prime Minister's head. It was written shortly after a massive financial crash which led to a Great Depression which lasted over 20 years.
Sound familiar? So it should. And because Trolllope is a great psychologist it is gripping stuff, which really makes me feel there is nothing new in the world, though I will admit that the ingenue (Emily) is dull.
But why has this book appeared in Audible's list before "The Prime Minister"? Glencora is mysteriously gone (it wouldn't b..Show More »e a mystery if we had "The Prime Minister" and Plantagenet is a single parent not making a very good job of it. But he learns. I do enjoy his reaction to the slang of the time and Trollope is very good at the interplay between generations, and between British and American characters.
If you know the Palliser series you might not mind hearing this next after "Phineas Redux". Or it would work as a standalone novel. But if you are following the series for the first time in order then badger Audible for "The Prime Minister" before listening to this.