The Prime Minister : The Pallisers

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by Timothy West
  • Series: The Pallisers
  • 27 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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Plantaganet Palliser, Prime Minister of England - a man of power and prestige, with all the breeding and inherited wealth that goes with it - is appalled at the inexorable rise of Ferdinand Lopez. An exotic impostor, seemingly from nowhere, Lopez has society at his feet, while well-connected ladies vie with each other to exert influence on his behalf - even Palliser's own wife, Lady Glencora. But when the interloper makes a 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.
The fifth audiobook in Trollope's six-volume Palliser series, it is a story of social, sexual and domestic politics. The Prime Minister raises one of the most enduring questions in government - whether a morally scrupulous gentleman can make an effective leader.
With beautifully developed characters, Trollope intertwines the political and domestic stories, analysing the politics behind both government and marriage.
The author of 47 novels and many short stories he was one of the most prolific and successful novelists of the Victorian era with his work remaining popular and well-loved throughout the ages.
Narrator Biography

Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and the Palliser series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial.
West's theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris and The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has held the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC), as well as appearing in Broken Biscuits (BBC), three series of Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass.


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Customer Reviews

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This is now the full book. Bang up to date too.

Until last week if you bought this you only got the first third of the book. It is now all present and correct.

To me it is one of the most interesting of the Palliser series, contrasting an upright man trying to lead the nation with the bounders taking over the world at, as Trollope saw it, a time of moral decay. There is an arch-cad, involved in double dealings and who gets into Parliament. Lady Glencora is drawn into shady dealings, scandal is whipped up by the gutter press and falls on the Prime Minister's head. It was written shortly after a massive financial crash which led to a Great Depression which lasted over 20 years.

Sound familiar? So it should. And because Trolllope is a great psychologist it is gripping stuff, which really makes me feel there is nothing new in the world, though I will admit that the ingenue (Emily) is dull.

Superbly read by Timothy West, as ever.
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- Philadelphus

Timothy West is best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is a real pleasure to listen to the leisurely narration of Timothy West of Trollope's Palliser series. The stories and manners depict another world, and the leisurely pace of the novels gives plenty of listening time for a long journey. Timothy West does justice to the characters and the narration perfectly.

What did you like best about this story?

It is amazing how relevant the sense of isolation and stress felt by the man at the top is still relevant for today's prime ministers and presidents. Trollope shows a real understanding of a dedicated and ambitious character who could be in parliament today.

Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favourite?

I felt a great sympathy for Planty Pal, even though he is sometimes a distant and unsympathetic figure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at all. Like a good wine it needs to be sipped and savoured at a reasonable pace.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed listening to the whole series in order. It is a pity there aren't more, but the span of time and characters is quite long, so perhaps I am just being greedy in not wanting a good thing to end.

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- Steve_Morris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios