He Knew He Was Right

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by Nigel Patterson
  • 30 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Louis Trevelyan's young wife meets an old family acquaintance, his unreasonable jealousy of their friendship sparks a quarrel that leads to a brutal and tragic estrangement.
Often considered to be his masterpiece, Anthony Trollope's 1869 novel explores the themes of marriage, love, and the rights of women in 19th-century England.
With a cast of independent, forceful characters and lively subplots, Trollope creates a penetrating and often comic dissection of the mores of Victorian society.

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A refreshingly up to date reading of a dark, psychological, Victorian tale of a marriage breakdown

I have just listened to the unabridged version of He Knew He Was Right, Trollope's long, dark novel of the breakdown of a marriage, read by Nigel Patterson.

The first thing that strikes me as I listen to Patterson's narration is how much younger he sounds than I expected. Surprisingly so. His voice does not conjure up that middle-aged, bearded father figure, lugubriously expounding for the benefit of his family audience, but instead comes across as a pleasant and lively conversationalist, relating the tale to you. Given the intensity of the subject matter and psychologically deep waters he negotiates, Patterson manages to propel you through the story so that the pace does not flag while doing more than adequate justice to the drama of the unfolding catastrophe.

A quick comparison with several of the other audiobooks I have experienced revealed that he reads some 20% quicker (more words per minute) than the narrators of other "classics" to which I have listened. His pace is more akin to that I have found in audio versions of modern thrillers .

He achieves this pace while maintaining absolute clarity of diction, which makes listening both pleasant and easy.

As with the best of other narrators to whom I have listened, he manages to maintain the sense of the convoluted, many-claused Victorian sentences for the listener with careful attention to the punctuation pauses to convey the impact of the meaning. He also handles the dialogue with a sure touch, whether it be male protagonists' or females' speech he is pronouncing. I never lost the thread of the conversations as he shifted from one speaker to another and back.

Overall the experience felt refreshingly current, as befits the theme of the material and I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone looking for a new interpretation of how to approach Victorian classics.
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- Mr. M. Green

Spoilt by mediocre narration

Would you listen to He Knew He Was Right again? Why?

Only if I had a version of it narrated by Timothy West.


What was one of the most memorable moments of He Knew He Was Right?

I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. It came near the end.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Nigel Patterson?

Not if I can help it! He was reasonably good at the narrative but when it came to dialogue it was awful. The accent and inflections was totally wrong and spoilt the book. I came to see if there was one narrated by someone else to swap, but it is currently the only version of this book on Audible so I had no choice but to keep listening.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A lot of it was moving.


Any additional comments?

It's such a shame that Timothy West hasn't narrated this book as he has done a lot of Trollope's other books superbly.

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- Daisy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-10-2016
  • Publisher: Listen2aBook.com