- Narrated by: Timothy West
- Series: The Pallisers, Book 4, Audible Exclusive - The Pallisers, read by Timothy West, Book 4
- Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-12-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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In the fourth of the Palliser stories, Trollope follows Phineas Finn's return to the dangerous world of Westminster politics after the death of his wife, Mary.
His career takes a turn for the worse when his political rival is murdered. With all the circumstantial evidence pointing at Phineas, he 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' reputation, and the wealthy and enigmatic widow, Madame Max.
Trollope's ideas of political rivalries, bribery, injunctions, romantic entanglements and a scandal-mongering popular press seem as relevant today as they were in the 1870s. A story full of drama that echoes our modern day political world.
Trollope's work is regarded by some as among the greatest of 19th-century fiction and with his powerful political storytelling it's unsurprising that fans of Trollope's work have included former British Prime Ministers Harold Macmillan and Sir John Major.
Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial.
Timothy's theatre includes King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC); Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass.
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By Laurene on 11-02-10
Timothy West expertly performs a novel that might be more difficult to read on the page. To be honest, I don't understand all the finer points of parliamentary procedure, and since Trollope himself was so ironic about it all, an American reader can feel a bit at sea. West inobtrusively conveys the gist of things, and it's humorously clear that politics itself never really changes. Of course there are a few love stories to sort out, as well as a sensational murder trial. Very funny, occasionally very sad, and always very astute about human nature.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By connie on 11-18-10
need not have read Phinneas 1
I'm very happy to see more of Trollope's Palliser novels on Audible - I listened to Phineas Phinn a couple of years ago and started the entrie series over to work up to Phineas Redux. I lked it best so far of the Palliser novels. Best of all, it lacks that overlap in storyline evident in so many of Trollope's works, hangover from the serialized versions - and the women characters come out more sympathetic. The anti-semitism of the period is toned down, too.
The courtroom drama part is as good as a modern day procedural, with Trollope's ironic humour added. The details of Parliamentary "action" may not interest Americans as much as Brits or Canadians but even those sections move along more briskly than in Phineas I. I hope the remaining two novels in this grouping come to Audible soon.
All in all, an excellently narrated Victorian listen - whether or not you've had the time for the story of the younger Phineas.
I wish present day creators of Victorian historical fiction would listen closely and learn.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By Philip on 07-25-12
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?
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Petrova on 05-28-11
I can only echo the previous reviewer : the combination of Anthony Trollope as writer and Timothy West as reader is, as always, superb. And in addition, this is Trollope at his best, with memorable characters and an exciting plot. Please, please, can we also have The Prime Minister and The Duke's Children? I'd love to complete the Palliser set.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful