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With Charles Dickens and Lord Tennyson, Anthony Trollope was one of the great chroniclers of English society during the Victorian era. In one of his final books, Kept in the Dark, Trollope turns his acute, comic, and sympathetic eye on Cecilia Holt, whose "period of absolute, unmistaken, unreasonable love lasted but for six weeks after her engagement" to Sir Francis Geraldine. In a refined, confessional performance by Jill Masters, Kept in the Dark follows Cecilia’s romantic disillusionment into marriage, social immersion, reconciliation, and hypocrisy. This audiobook is a firsthand glimpse into Victorian values, ideas, and obsessions.
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Completed only a few months before his death, Kept in the Dark is one of Trollope's most captivating novels. Yet unlike Trollope's other major novels - the Palliser series, The Claverings, the Barsetshire novels - Kept in the Dark succeeds without the use of considerable length or legions of characters that many thought were essential to his fictional world.Kept in the Dark is a probing psychological portrait of the near destruction of a marriage - a novel that combines keen insights with vigorous emotional strength. Jealousy, guilt, excessive pride, and compulsion all sweep across its surface: in George Western, the self-willed and fatally-proud husband, who would rather destroy his own happiness than admit to any moral strain in his character; in Cecilia Western, whose peculiar mixture of pride and submissiveness forces her inexorably toward deceit; in the grinding hypocrisy of Cecilia's friend, Miss Altifiorla; in the overwhelming egotism of the rejected suitor, Sir Francis Geraldine. Trollope gives us a distinctive portrait of the Victorian world.
This excellent reading was originally recorded in 1986 in the days of reel-to-reel tape. Although the sound is not quite up to today’s digital standards, every effort has been made to enhance the recording. However, you may hear a slight "echo effect" in some places. This should not interfere significantly with your enjoyment of the story but, just to be sure, you may want to listen to a sample before purchasing.
©1905 Pickering & Chatto; (P)1986 Jimcin Recordings
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By Grace on 08-20-08

interesting psychological profile

This book is an interesting psychological study. It reminds me a bit of Jane Bronte's Villette. I very much enjoyed the story. The narrator is also excellent. This tale is told from the heroine's perspective, and so a female narrator is quite fitting. I will search out other books by this narrator. Good story, good narration, five stars.

I am on a quest to read, and/or listen to, all of the authors recommended/enjoyed by C.S. Lewis, and so books by Anthony Trollope are on my list.

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By Amos on 05-08-10

Two A's and a B

I give an A to the story and an A to the reader but just a B to the audio. It was clear enough but obviously done during pre-digital days since there was some "print-through," a slight echo effect that books done ten years or more ago have.
However...I soon stopped noticing that and was caught up in the book. So..if less than perfect audio bothers you, I suggest you listen to the sample first. If you don't mind an older recording...it's a wonderful story and well read.

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By Nicola on 05-02-16

Dreadful recording

Not Trollope's best - but I was looking forward to hearing it. However the narration was dull and lifeless. Worse than that even is the quality of the recording which at times made it really difficult to listen to.
What a disappointment!

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By Anne-Mona Kambestad on 11-16-12

Not one of Trollope's best

I'm sorry to say that I totally agree with Josephine, the reading was almost unbearable to listen to. But contrary to Josephine, I think the story was weak as well, absolutely not on a par with the Barset Chronicles or the Palliser novels, magnificent novels, brilliantly read by Timothy West. And not only was the reading bad, the sound of the recording was of very poor quality, not worthy of Audible.

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