The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

This is #5 in the Palliser series by Anthony Trollope:

Despite his mysterious antecedents, an unscrupulous financial speculator, Ferdinand Lopez, aspires to marry into respectability and wealth and join the ranks of British society. One of the nineteenth century’s most memorable outsiders, Lopez’s story is set against that of the ultimate insider, Plantagenet Palliser, Duke of Omnium, who reluctantly accepts the highest office of state, becoming “the greatest man in the greatest country in the world.” The Prime Minister is the fifth in Trollope’s six-volume Palliser series and a wonderfully subtle portrait of a marriage, political expediency, and misplaced love.

AudioFile Magazione Review:
This substantial text is the fifth in what is known as Trollope’s Palliser Novels, but one needn’t wait to enjoy THE PRIME MINISTER for it doesn’t require an understanding of the earlier installments. Initially, this audiobook may intimidate the listener with its lengthy sentences and majestically voiced narrator. However, before long, the listener will be immersed in all the elements of good storytelling, especially Simon Vance’s superior narration. Vance’s performance underscores this timeless study of human nature with its interwoven subplots, social commentary, political intrigue, and well-developed characters. There are subtle notes of humor and irony as well. Vance’s character distinctions are nuanced and effective, much like Trollope’s prose style. L.B.F.AF logo

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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2 Responses to The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

  1. Vivien Plesmid August 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Your readings are phenomenal…thank you, thank you…I have been enjoying Derby Day and Winter King…and have just started listening to A Secret Kept. Also started the written version of The Warden, so am very pleased to hear you are reading Trollope…are there any other books by Trollope that you have recorded?

    • Simon August 18, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Great selection of books you’ve worked through. I recorded all the Barsetshire series starting with The Warden and followed it with the six Palliser novels – although the last of those is not released yet.
      Happy listening.
      – S.

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