The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope audiobook

The Prime Minister

By Anthony Trollope
Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

The Palliser Novels: Book 5

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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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A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Classics

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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!” Tolstoy

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Reviews

by Kenneth 9/13/2017
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MUCH THAT IS APPEALING, BUT---

Many of my friends are constant readers, but most, much to my surprise, have read little or none of Anthony Trollope's (47) books. All that I have read have seemed 'hollow' to me: the movement is slow, the characters and settings are of a limited scope. In other words, by the end of the books I have read or listened to, I really did not care about the characters. Some characters become simply annoying: Trollope repeats the tragic musings of Emily Lopez (a character who, against the wishes of all around her, married a man who turned out to be a real creep) literally ad nausem. The aristocratic characters seem to allow themselves emotions only after a protracted consideration of whether or not an emotion would further their agenda. This book is worthwhile because, after wading through the excess verbiage, the descriptions of the processes and men of the British parliament are devastating and funny. And, surely there has never been a more shallow and callow group of aristocrats ever created in English literature. It is all excellent satire, but it is also clothed in far, far too many words. In conclusion, the universe created is unreal and limited, but they are rewards in reading and listening to this book. As for the recording, the narration by Simon Vance is excellent. He always seems to have real interest in his characters, no matter how often they have voiced the same emotion.

Author

Author Bio: Anthony Trollope

Author Bio: 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 a 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 25.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English