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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 Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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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