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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,001 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Palliser Novels Release Date:
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Phineas Finn is an Irish MPA who is climbing the political ladder, largely through the assistance of his string of lovers. The questions he is forced to ask himself about honesty, independence, and parliamentary democracy are questions still asked today.

Phineas Finn is the second of Anthony Trollope’s six Palliser novels, which together comprise a large, coherent composition that captures the fashions, manners, and politics of two decades of society in the high Victorian period. Trollope’s unrivaled understanding of the institutions of mid–Victorian England and his sympathetic vision of human fallibility are informed by an unobtrusive irony that shines in these stories.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The polished excitement that animates [Vance’s] reading comes across richly and compels the listener’s attention.”


  • “This gracefully written work is perfectly read by [Vance], who successfully evokes the Victorian era.


  • Phineas Finn's engaging plot embraces matters as diverse as reform, the position of women, the Irish question, and the conflict between integrity and ambition...Trollope explores the realities of political life, and the clash between compromise and conviction, that is as topical today as it was in the 1860s.”

    Oxford University Press

  • “The central tension in Trollope’s novel Phineas Finn is between independence and service. The title character is an Irish outsider who comes into Parliament vowing to be true to his individual conscience…Finn has to either chart his own course or allow himself to be put in harness for the good of the common effort.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laura Van Wormer | 2/15/2014

    " Part of the Palliser novels and I loved all six. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexis | 2/11/2014

    " I will complete the Palliser series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 1/30/2014

    " The Irish member, indeed. Phineas is a yummy literary heartthrob with all the sex appeal of Mr. Darcy, but none of the snobbery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jo | 1/28/2014

    " Great story, fascinating central character who could have risen to the top, but was a man of principle. Not as simple as that, of course - and the hero returns in Phineas Redux, further on in the series. Clearly Trollope liked this character too much to leave him out of further Palliser volumes, and I'm looking forward to reading about his return to politics and the upper echelons of society. Even though I've forgotten everything I ever learnt about Victorian politics at 'O' level, I was still interested in the debates and the various policy questions in the House, and there was enough momentum in the story of Phineas' life and loves to speed the narrative along. "

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