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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455176366
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melodee | 1/27/2014

    " I have previously enjoyed other Anthony Trollope novels, but this one really challenged me. It concerns a young Irishman who secures a place in Parliament, and the adventures that happen to him, involving various Lords, Ladies, duels and broken romances. There is entirely too much of Trollope's political theories involved to make it much of an entertainment to read. The plot takes a back seat to the political machinations, most of which I did not fully understand. I'm not sure why I even finished this book, but it did get a little more interesting towards the end. I think I would recommend other Trollope novels before this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny McPhee | 1/18/2014

    " The more I read of Trollope the more I realize how deeply feminist an author he is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riodelmartians | 1/18/2014

    " I skipped over initially thinking it would be too political but it gets to the crux of that question: do we live for money or love. Trollope's answer is very clear and he punishes those who marry for money and status "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Stanley | 1/13/2014

    " Complex, intelligent and I loved it. I'll get around to writing a proper review eventually! But recommended "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/10/2014

    " Kathie has this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 1/10/2014

    " Better than Dickens! Really enjoyable characters with a storyline that keeps you reading on. On top of this, Trollope truly is a state of the nation writer who draws the reader into an atmospheric 1860s England. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 1/5/2014

    " I'm not a fan of politics but this treated the subject quite lightly and not overly cynically. I loved Madame Max - her dilemma whether to do what the world would see as a great step up in life or whether to do what she herself valued is beautifully captured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riodelmartians | 12/30/2013

    " I skipped over initially thinking it would be too political but it gets to the crux of that question: do we live for money or love. Trollope's answer is very clear and he punishes those who marry for money and status "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 12/27/2013

    " I will complete the Palliser series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/27/2013

    " Steeped in British politics, and a study in the lives of women of various strata. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marge | 12/23/2013

    " Being in Trollope's wry company for 700 pages is a very good thing! I very much enjoyed the gentle satire of our central character's rise in London. Funny, wise, and very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 12/12/2013

    " An amiable 19th century mix of political drama and love story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/7/2013

    " 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 Craig | 11/19/2013

    " Despite the length and the main topic/action in the novel, Trollope engages one not only in the characters lives but also in the political melee of Parliament. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriella | 11/19/2013

    " Another great read, but I wish that it had more of the characters from the first book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 9/14/2013

    " This is probably my favorite book. It is well written. The story is well thought and timeless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 6/3/2013

    " I found that even from the start I was reading just to find the Pallisers. Phineas seemed unreal, his fortune the only fleshed out aspect of his character. I want more politicking, and not about who will marry whom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 2/20/2013

    " This is book #2 in the Palliser series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 7/15/2012

    " I preferred the personal aspects of the story to points where the pace was slowed by government commentary. I wish my edition contained footnotes to help me understand and appreciate the allusions and references that were made. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 4/21/2012

    " Essentially a 1000 page"fictional" book centered around the Parliamentary process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Alice | 3/16/2012

    " Phineas is like so many Irish guys. Really pleasing novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 2/10/2012

    " Poor Phineas! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malini Sridharan | 1/5/2012

    " I think this is a better novel than Can You Forgive Her?, but Alice Vavasor is still the one for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya Faberson | 11/26/2011

    " Second in the Palliser series. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 10/25/2011

    " Despite the length and the main topic/action in the novel, Trollope engages one not only in the characters lives but also in the political melee of Parliament. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 9/19/2011

    " Better than Dickens! Really enjoyable characters with a storyline that keeps you reading on. On top of this, Trollope truly is a state of the nation writer who draws the reader into an atmospheric 1860s England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 8/30/2011

    " More of A. Trollop's world of old England. His beautifully drawn characters bring the time to life. They are always flawed, but have their strengths. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/30/2011

    " Kathie has this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 6/24/2011

    " Poor Phineas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flora | 6/18/2011

    " Phineas Finn is my favorite Palliser series character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 6/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sloane | 5/13/2011

    " The best of the bunch but almost all of his books are pure escapism and joy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 1/17/2011

    " Second in the Palliser series. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 8/25/2010

    " Reading online at lunch...

    About halfway through...Finn one of my all-time favorite characters of Victorian England!

    Sad to read the last page, but Phineas' story continues in the next volume! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 8/22/2010

    " I found that even from the start I was reading just to find the Pallisers. Phineas seemed unreal, his fortune the only fleshed out aspect of his character. I want more politicking, and not about who will marry whom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/13/2010

    " The more I read of Trollope the more I realize how deeply feminist an author he is. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Trollope

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 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 an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.