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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Timothy West Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Avonlea | 2/15/2014

    " This wasn't my favorite. I know that he likes to get inside his characters' heads, but he took a long time explaining everyone's motives. I don't see why this particular novel is considered to be one of his greatest. It have a cute little love story, but that could have been told in about 300 pages, not 800. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JackieB | 2/11/2014

    " This was really a set of interlinked stories which between them explored the tensions between traditional values and "old money" (i.e. money derived from land) and the values held by people making money from "trade" (which was a new phenomenon at the time this book was set). I really liked the nuanced characters. Trollope didn't portray anyone as being entirely right, although some of the characters had few, if any, saving graces. Even they had a little back story which explained how they got to be how they were. The book moved easily between the different stories and built them into a coherent whole, and although there were a few weak points in the plot they didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book as a whole. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melodee | 2/9/2014

    " This book tells the story of an unscrupulous businessman, a ne'er-do-well bachelor and several well meaning secondary characters. It is overall a typical 19th century novel, with a lot of emphasis on the value of each person's estate. It seems that every character is assessed based on his/her income. It's rather a long book, and takes a while to get to the point. It has a neat little ending, with all the loose ends tied up. The bad guys get their comeuppance, and the good people all get married. Sometimes it makes me wonder how all of these people got by without doing any real work. I guess that wasn't the point. It was supposed to be a biting commentary on where society places its emphasis. In that, I suppose it was successful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Alice | 1/28/2014

    " Bernie Madoff? Some real stinking characters in this one. Only a few characters make the good guy cut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady Wesley | 1/26/2014

    " Classic Trollopian view of greed, envy, and lust in Victorian England. Rather depressing overall, but nevertheless a great novel by one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole Spencer | 1/23/2014

    " Loved it! An excellent book and I wished there had been more even after the 700 odd pages. So much resonated with today's society and I loved Trollope's easy style. Loved his characyters though some were irritating! Has there ever been TV adaptation or film? Must read more Trollope "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 1/16/2014

    " I liked it, but it didn't feel like a Trollope book to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/9/2014

    " Enron retold in a Victorian setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/9/2014

    " "It is so hard not to tumble into Scylla when you are avoiding Charybdis." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/15/2013

    " Loved this - big soap opera! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/9/2013

    " I read this book because it was #1 on Newsweeks Books you should read now list. I started reading it in July and just finished it. I took a break every 50-100 pages to read something else, which was a good thing. I am glad I read the book. You will be amazed at the similarities between then and now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 12/8/2013

    " Ever the rediscovered, relevant classic, The Way We Live Now is a fantastic read. And better, to me, than Dickens, though I want to reread Bleak House. After reading one tome, I want to read another? And recommend it? Yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shirley | 12/7/2013

    " This could have been written today. So not much has changed. Very good! Watched the movie version on Netflix also very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olderworker | 12/3/2013

    " I read this two summers ago, in 2009; it was very relevant to the Bernard Madoff affair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Rothman | 7/11/2013

    " A truly extraordinary book; quite simply Trollope's best and one of the best books I've read. Set in the 1870s, you'll read about how the society and business intermixed. As relevant to today as of its time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enna | 4/9/2013

    " so many parallels with business and economics today "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 3/13/2013

    " A story about a swindler. Could have been written in 2009. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 9/5/2012

    " I found this book fascinating; it provides succinct portraits of many people living in upper-class Victorian England. I enjoyed the satire and appreciated the characters' cynical and often mercenary attitudes towards romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/21/2012

    " Talk about truth is stranger than fiction! This novel was written in the 1800's and it is a total precursor to Bernie Maddoff. Completely entertaining and timeless. Very long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 7/16/2011

    " It has taken me a while but well worth the effort.Always amazed that novels written 137 years ago are so relevant now.We really haven't progressed atall "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/1/2011

    " This novel was okay... very long, for what it was. It took me a long time to get through it. Not a must read by any means. That said, if you like the period (as I generally do), you're likely to find this enjoyable on some level. I found it disappointing, but not bad (I had high hopes). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 1/19/2011

    " I always have time for Trollope, though I hadn't picked him up in years. This was a second read for me, even better than the first time around. Endless (in a good way), meaty, fiercely observed. Funny to be reading about Melmotte as Donald Trump was toying with a run for president... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ange | 12/13/2010

    " Lots going on. In addition to romance, there is politics and scams. It's like he predicted the Obama presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/30/2010

    " Almost Tolstoyan. Want to read more Trollope now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 3/24/2010

    " If you think that the financial meltdown of 2008 is a new phenomenon, unique to the modern world, read this book. Trollope's style is just as flowery as but less lively than Dickens, so it can be a challenge. Still, a gripping tale of financial skullduggery. "

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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

Timothy West is an acclaimed actor who played the role of Sir Leicester Dedlock in the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Bleak House. He is a frequent narrator of audiobooks.