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Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Palliser Novels Release Date: May 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483090382

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Can You Forgive Her? is the first of the six Palliser novels. Here Trollope examines parliamentary election and marriage, politics and privacy. As he dissects the Victorian upper class, issues and people shed their pretenses under his patient, ironic probe.

Alice Vavasor cannot decide whether to marry her ambitious but violent cousin George or the upright and gentlemanly John Grey—and so finds herself accepting and rejecting each of them in turn. She is increasingly confused about her own feelings and unable to forgive herself for such vacillation—a situation contrasted with that of her friend Lady Glencora, forced by “sagacious heads” to marry the rising politician Plantagenet Palliser in order to prevent her true love, the worthless Burgo Fitzgerald, from wasting her vast fortune. In asking his listeners to pardon Alice for her transgression of the Victorian moral code, Trollope created a telling and wide-ranging account of the social world of his day.

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  • “The tale is, in many respects, one of his best.”

    - Spectator, 1865
  • “Mr. Trollope...has never written a story in which there is better workmanship, or more careful study of character than Can You Forgive Her?”

    - Athenaeum, 1865
  • “Gripping…The satire on the mores and double dealings of society still seems contemporary…Trollope’s account of a society in which money, breeding and influence, rather than skill or integrity, are the primary routes into power is unpleasantly familiar.”

    - Guardian (London)
  • “Like a fine, well-aged wine, Vance’s British-laced reading is full-bodied, robust, and smooth…Vance changes dialects to indicate class levels and has an especially good time with a banker who speaks in a blustery, pompous voice. Trollope fans will love Vance’s interpretation of this classic novel.”

    - Booklist

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Trollope is more serious in this novel than the delightful Barchester series. "

    - Pahiers, 2/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I'm reading this now, and except for the long chapter about hunting, I love it. It's a great look at the expectations of young women in relationships in Victorian England. It's not so far from today's reality as one might think. "

    - Cheryl, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Alice Vavasor is one of the most frustrating heroines I have ever come across. I still liked her though - and OF COURSE I forgave her! "

    - Flexnib, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love the whole series. It's past time I re-read it. "

    - Christine, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Love Trollope. Mostly. "

    - Carolyn, 1/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This had an obscene number of characters. I think we could have lost the Mrs. Greenow story line. It was a good book. Very frustrating very often, and I got very caught up in Alice's indecisiveness. "

    - Rachel, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The first of Anthony Trollope's "Palliser" series of novels that examine life in "society" in all its gloriously genteel scandal and drama. Classic Victorian story, delicious to read. I adore Trollope! "

    - Kathryn, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My favourite of Trollope's novels. So many interesting ethical questions. "

    - Jessebree, 12/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Trollope is more serious in this novel than the delightful Barchester series. "

    - Pahiers, 12/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not one of Trollope's best works. It got a little long winded through the middle and with a Victorian novel that's saying something. "

    - Curtis, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Inspired by PBS, I read the Palliser series and became intrigued by their society and political intrigues. "

    - Dana, 11/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The first of the Palliser novels, a great series. "

    - Argrossman, 11/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A marvelous read, and I've already jumped into the next book in the series, Phineas Finn. "

    - Stephen, 11/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Third time reading this book. If you don't persevere, or if you don't catch Trollope's satire, you will miss a great read. I will read this book again...just not for another year or two. "

    - D.j., 11/9/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " smart, full of suspense and surprising twists, really fascinating amount of history woven in with such skill. i read it when going through a big upheaval of my own, and it soothed me to collapse into this story, which is several stories intertwined. "

    - Amy, 10/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " only took me ten months. "

    - Katie, 10/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is the first of the Palliser series. I'm going to read them all unless I get a job first. "

    - Retha, 10/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The first of the Palliser novels, a great series. "

    - Argrossman, 5/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I loved ALL the Chronicles of Barset. This, however, was stilted and annoying. I finished it (in that I made it to the end) but it was a slog and Ive forgotten most of it already "

    - Alison, 4/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fun to read. Reminds me of bronte/Austen . "

    - Stephanie, 4/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I lived this book very amusing and beautifully written. "

    - Tessa, 2/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Very classic English literature wherein the choices in love are between a solid, upstanding man and a man whose love is false and immature. In my opinion, it is not going to rival Bronte, but is nonetheless an enjoyable read. "

    - Melissa, 2/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love to read Trollope but this book aggravated me with the main female character's indecision. All the self flaggelation seemed to me to be completely unreal. However, I soldiered through and was glad that all came right in the end. "

    - Nathalie, 2/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not my favorite Trollope... but I was a bit frazzled at the time, so perhaps I should try again when I'm able to read in a more leisurely fashion. (Trollope, of course, demands a leisurely reading!) "

    - Kay, 11/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " my most recent read. a little hard to get into, but then, like pride and prejudice, it just sort of transports you to the time of the characters. Alice is so likeable in her flawed way. Really similar in theme to pride and prejudice. "

    - Nikki, 10/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " my most recent read. a little hard to get into, but then, like pride and prejudice, it just sort of transports you to the time of the characters. Alice is so likeable in her flawed way. Really similar in theme to pride and prejudice. "

    - Nikki, 9/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 830 pages - some were superfluous - but it's good to read a classic and appreciate the language and society and nuanced conversation "

    - Susan, 6/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 20 years since I last read it. Still very good. Interesting treatment of the roles of women in society in 19th Century England especially the interaction of love and marriage. "

    - Dom, 4/5/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was the very first Anthony Trollope book I read - which I picked off a library shelf because I loved the title - and that was the beginning of my Trollope binge. I read all the Palliser novels and have re-read them all since - my favorites are Phineas Finn and Phineas Redux. "

    - Winslow, 11/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " No, I can't. At least not yet (halfway through, struggling). "

    - Rhonda, 9/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Alice Vavosar is a joyless pain in the butt. Mr. Grey is a boring suitor and George Vavosar is not believable as one whom Alice would be drawn to. Thank God Glencora is part of the story, or else I'd be stuck having to try to care what Alice does with her life. "

    - Angela, 6/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorite Trollope books - this woman is CRAZY! Read it and feel better about yourself :-) "

    - Sara, 2/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of his best (and I love Trollope). "

    - Ellie, 1/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is the first novel in the Palliser series. "

    - Mrsgaskell, 11/18/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not as good a writer as Dickens, in my opinion, but Trollop is talented, and this was a good read, even if I wanted to slap the protagonist many times throughout the book. :) "

    - Kendra, 10/24/2010
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I loved ALL the Chronicles of Barset. This, however, was stilted and annoying. I finished it (in that I made it to the end) but it was a slog and Ive forgotten most of it already "

    - Alison, 9/13/2010

About the Author

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) grew up in London. He inherited his mother’s ambition to write and was famously disciplined in the development of his craft. His first novel was published in 1847 while he was working in Ireland as a surveyor for the General Post Office. He wrote a series of books set in the English countryside as well as those set in the political life, works that show great psychological penetration. One of his greatest strengths was his ability to re-create in his fiction his own vision of the social structures of Victorian England. The author of forty-seven novels, he was one of the most prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.