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Publisher's Summary

Everyone thinks Augustus Melmotte, a new arrival in London, is a wealthy financier - until he is caught in a forgery scheme. This is a satirical look at immorality and dishonesty as Trollope saw them in the worlds of business, politics, journalism, literature, and society on his return from the colonies in 1872. Scoundrels, coquettes, swindlers, and intriguers abound in this novel, which is often called his masterpiece.
© and (P)1995 Audio Book Contractors, Inc.
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"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)
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By Mr. Gone on 11-28-07

The best

There is simply nothing like this novel for its modest, truthful, loving, and poetic view of human activity. It is wonderfully read by Flo Gibson, and the audiobook is absorbing from beginning to end.

One caveat, though, like many British writers of his time, Trollope has clearly anti-semitic views. Not as vile or extreme as Shakespeare or Dickens, but the implicit and casual anti-semitism might be unacceptable for some readers. I am jewish and I can deal with it, but I can imagine others finding it intolerable.

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By Anonymous on 01-13-08

Audio Quality Disappoints

This is my first Trollope novel and I enjoyed it about as much as a George Eliot novel but not as much as a Charles Dickens.

Flo Gibson is a very good narrator but she read with a peculiar rhythm which I found distracting. Also, the quality of the recording was a disappointment, with the volume fluctuating and the voice frequently sounding muffled. I have noticed this flaw with other Flo Gibson recordings (eg. Mill on the Floss).

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By Philadelphus on 02-09-09

Hopeless reading. Avoid

I agree completely with the other reviewers - a completely inappropriate accent, and not a very good reader either. I wouldn't even want to listen to her reading something appropriate like Edith Wharton. Why do publishers do it?

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By Christina on 07-15-08

American takeover

This is so disappointing. It is difficult to imagine why an American female reader has been given the priviledge of reading Trollope. She reads too fast, uses American pronunciation and has a limited range of cadences that are inapproriate for the English language as opposed to American - yet I can see no version in English of this great novel. I shall struggle on developing my own interpretation as I go....

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