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.