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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.
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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
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?
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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.
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