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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (693 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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Unscrupulous financial speculator Ferdinand Lopez, aspiring to marry into respectability and wealth, has society at his feet: well-connected ladies vying with each other to exert influence on his behalf. Even Lady Glencora, the wife of Plantagenet Palliser, prime minister of England, supports the exotic imposter. 

Palliser, respectable man of power and inherited wealth, is appalled by the rise of this man who seemingly appeared out of nowhere. When Lopez achieves his socially advantageous marriage, Palliser must decide whether to stand by his wife’s support for Lopez in a by-election or leave him to face exposure as a fortune-hunting adventurer.

This fifth installment in Trollope’s six-volume Palliser series is a brilliantly subtle portrait of love, marriage, and politics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Considered by modern critics to represent the apex of the Palliser novels…The novel brilliantly dissects the politics of both marriage and government.”

    Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “In The Prime Minister Trollope was working at the top of his powers. It is a book for when one wishes to be challenged, rather than merely charmed, by a novel.”

    Nicholas Shrimpton, emeritus fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

  • The Prime Minister is the key work in the Palliser series…The political storyline tells us that although the practicalities of political life demand frequent moral compromise and social discomfort, a man of the highest rank can be found who for a brief interlude will bring to the office of Prime Minister an idealism which is rare amid the hurly-burly of government.”

    David Skilton, emeritus professor, Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy

  • “Excellent!”


  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Classics

Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Darcy | 2/14/2014

    " Trollope is always such a comfort to read. He is so balanced and perceptive in his assessment of human motives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Consuela | 1/22/2014

    " I was disappointed in this book after having read and loved both Phineas Finn and Phineas Redux. This is part of the Palliser series, but this one gives you almost no relief from the darkness and sadness. Maybe it's because the news is so full of sadness, but I had a very hard time getting through this book because there were almost NO passages which gave relief from the tragedy of lives destroyed. I would recommend that readers stick with the Phineas books of the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Steve Carroll | 1/6/2014

    " Might be my new favorite in the Pallisers series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Wendy Roberts | 1/3/2014

    " Continuing the excellence of the first five books...only one more to go in the series. "

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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.