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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,362 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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The third and least political novel of the Palliser series, The Eustace Diamonds concerns the beautiful pathological liar Lizzie Greystock. Determined to marry into wealth, Lizzie snares the ailing Sir Florian Eustace and quickly becomes a widow. Despite the brevity of their marriage, Lizzie still inherits according to the generous terms of Sir Florian’s will, which include the Eustace diamonds. When the Eustace family solicitor, Mr. Camperdown, begins to question her legal claim to the family heirloom, Lizzie begins to weave a tangled web of deception and crime to gain possession of the diamonds.

Enlisting the aid of her cousin Frank Greystock, much to the dismay of his fiancée, Lucy Morris, Lizzie seeks to both avoid legal prosecution and have a true love affair, first with Frank, and later with Lord George de Bruce Carruthers. Considered a satire of the acceptance of the corrupting influence of money and greed in Victorian society, Trollope’s novel blends elements of mystery, politics, and romance in a memorable and thought-provoking work.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Eustace Diamonds is a novel about the scandal and yet the ubiquity of lying…That Lizzie…is such a source of pleasure to the reader, and commands reluctant admiration from many in the novel, is a consequence of her combination of quick-wittedness, youth, and complete absence of moral conscience.”

    Helen Small, fellow in English, Pembroke College, Oxford

  • “For readers [Lizzie is] a masterpiece of comic invention. The brilliant so-polite-but-deadly dialogue, posh bitchy female spats, and hilariously unimpressed servants, make this a joy to read.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Among narrator Simon Vance’s many talents is his flair for censorious dowagers, filling their voices with lofty pique and the creaking of stays…As with all Trollope’s novels, the author’s voice is ever at large examining the moral territory. To this editorial presence, Vance gives a limber pacing and genial tone that are exactly in tune with Trollope’s humane sensibility.”

    Washington Post

  • “Lizze Eustace is at the heart of the novel and it is Trollope’s success in portraying her in all her shabby weakness and her not-inconsiderable strangths that have ensured the continuing popularity of The Eustace Diamonds.”

    P. D. James

  • A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suzanne Macartney | 2/19/2014

    " One of Trollope's most lovable and approachable. An antiheroine to rival them all, Lizzie Greystock Eustace. Fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/15/2014

    " The characters in this book are not nearly as much pleasure to read about as those in Phineas Finn. And it isn't because Trollope is misogynist. He gives the main character her due as a complicated, worthy anti-hero. But this book really frustrated me because it felt like something that was written in order to be paid by the word. There were many many redundancies and repetitions. The plot moved forward by tiny fractions of the inch. Finally at the end, when the pacing picked up, it was quite marvelous. But getting there was a plod. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " Most of Trollope's books are rather formulaic. But this is different from his others. the villain is a woman and he develops complex characters very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JoJami Tyler | 2/2/2014

    " Eva Mahgrefteh recommended this book to me and I am enjoying it so far! "

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