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Sheila Lash did a fine job narrating Alice Dugdale, one of Trollope's best. The complications of this Anthony Trollope story are delicious: two girls, one man, wrong assumptions, misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and ambitious mothers with tricks, traps and strategies. In a time of a general man shortage, the struggle to find marriageable partners for single daughters was ferocious. A Friday night barroom brawl is gentile by comparison. Trollope stories are best compared to soap operas: slow paced, teasing hints and unexpected developments. One expects intermittent interruptions to sell some liquid soap then of course, end just the way a story ought.
There are some technical glitches in a couple of spots (or it could be something with my download) with the recording which should be corrected but certainly not grave enough to detract from the total enjoyment of the story. I am going to delete it then download it again to see if that clears up the recording.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Trollope is one of my favorite authors to listen to--at least when read by an able narrator like David Case. His writing is leisurely, funny, sly, compassionate, and psychologically acute. But the narrator of this book is sub-par. Despite a pleasant voice and good enunciation, she reads as stiffly as if she had never seen the sentences before, with no attempt at fluidity or expressiveness. She never differentiates one character's voice from another--nor the characters' voices from that of Trollope's narrator.
9 of 16 people found this review helpful
Trolloppe once again creates detailed characters who represent perfectly the era in which they were written. The relative brevity of the book may serve to pique the interest of those who are somewhat daunted by the length of many of his tomes. The story is indeed one of his 'gems'.
Alas, for me, the audiobook is let down by the narrator's struggles to achieve her 'Upper Class English accent', somewhat difficult for an American. At first I kept laughing at it and had to rewind! After a while the mirth ceased, as I became more accustomed to it, but the audiobook would have been improved infinitely for me by using a different narrator.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful