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The Eustace Diamonds

Lu par : Timothy West
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Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr. Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr. Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr. Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...? Will the scheming and manipulative Lizzie ever get what she deserves?

The third and least political in Trollope's six-volume Palliser series, this audiobook features a most remarkable heroine. Humorously cynical, Trollope shows his insight into human nature, painting each character's flaws. But how will their flaws determine their fate?

Anthony Trollope was one of the most popular and prolific novelists of the 19th century and his work is considered some of the greatest fiction of the era.

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.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Natalie
  • 25/08/2010

Becky Sharp Revisited

The third novel in the Pallisers series, "The Eustace Diamonds" is the least overtly political, though some of the main characters from the series re-appear in the book in minor roles. It could certainly be read independently of the other books in the series.

Lizzie Eustace is in many respects a latter-day Becky Sharp. Though less ruthless and more self-deceiving than Thackeray's anti-heroine, she is shallow, beautiful, manipulative, and without redeeming qualities. After marrying the dying Sir Florian Eustace for his money, she embarks on an expensive career as a society widow, and the story revolves around her possession—and subsequent loss—of a diamond necklace which has been an heirloom in the Eustace family, and which she claims is her personal property.

Though real-life Lizzies are highly unpleasant people, the fictional version is highly entertaining, and after several hundred pages of gripping legal, criminal and shenanigans, it is hard not to feel sorry when the naughty Lady Eustace is finally delivered up to her fate. The reading, by Timothy West, is top-notch. If you are not familiar with Trollope's work, this is as good a place as any to start.

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  • Madeleine
  • 05/01/2011

Great Fun

What a fantastic listen! Lizzie Eustace is a woman that you learn to hate and also to love. All the characters of this novel are well drawn and delightful.
We listened to this while driving across the country (Canada). It made the trip fly by!

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  • Virginia Waldron
  • 25/05/2012

Lizzie Rocks!

Timothy West's narration is so at one with the story that it sweeps the listener into another world. Brilliant story and beyond superb narration. Timothy reads with such passion. Listening to Trollope's stories has made me a lean, mean machine as I listen at the gym and sometimes end up staying for three hours rowing, cycling and running just so I can hear the next part of the story. I listen every day and these books are a huge chunk of my life. Bravo to Timothy West. He is totally magnificent. He has turned me into a Trollope tragic. I cannot write an objective review because I listen with gobsmacked love. A complete addict!

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  • Anna
  • 06/12/2010

A Real Treasure!

I enjoyed the Eustace Diamonds immensely.A little more light hearted the some other of Trollope's works, and as such a highly entertaining companion over a period of grim weather.Timothy west is as always the perfect reader.

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  • Feather
  • 24/10/2010

Classic Trollope

Another great yarn by Trollope. And Anthony West is again the perfect narrator. If you like Trollope, you'll enjoy this.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 07/06/2015

Bedtime reading

Trollope has so many wonderful narrators that I feel guilty singling this one out. Simon Vance has done a wonderful version of this same book.

But this is the one I listened to this time around. I have a great fondness for Timothy West for other performances he's given over the years; his deep and pleasing voice strikes just the right note of gossipy intimacy.

Lizzie Eustace, widow with a life interest in her husband's estate, gives out that one of the heirlooms of the estate - a fabulously expensive diamond necklace - was given to her as her own property by her late husband. This sets off a whirlwind of legal wrangling that comes to an abrupt end when the diamonds are stolen.

Did she steal them herself? It's not really a whodunnit: the reader always knows more than the police, and indeed more than any other single character. It's more of a how's-it-going-to-play-out story than a mystery (although there are enough dogged English detectives to satisfy any mystery fan), and how it plays out is with, in usual Trollope fashion, lots of ins and outs, advances and retreats, love and dislike, overconfidence and fear.

Trollope has the great gift of making his characters, and his narrative, seem lifted from real life with the most minimal shaping involved. Few of his characters, even Lizzie the Great Liar, are thoroughly bad; few, even Frank Greystock, the closest the book has to a real hero, are thoroughly good. Events unfold with a messiness that subverts the clean progression of narrative. And yet somehow by the end, the loose ends are tied up and poetic justice is dispensed.

One character in the story comes to a particularly sad end: although there's some ambiguity about it, she appears to fall prey to mental illness - not raving; histrionics are rare in the book - but in a subdued and thoroughly convincing monomania. I hope she returns in a later volume, restored to health, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

An enjoyable Trollope outing. Got me through one of the worst colds I've ever had. Good for bedtime unwinding.

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  • Carol
  • 10/02/2012

The Palliser books stand alone

The six Palliser books are wonderful. Timothy West is a superb narrator and brings the characters to life. Although it is very rewarding to listen to the series in sequence, I feel that each books is enjoyable on its own, without listening to them all. Highly recommended

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  • John S.
  • 03/01/2017

Disappointing

Having loved The Way We Live Now, I had high expectations for this Trollope novel, which is really a stand-alone with a Palliser connection shoe-horned in. My usual fear of re-hashing the plot isn't a factor here as the book seemed all over the place, the various storylines more jumbled together than inter-connected . . . more stew than mosaic.

Lizzie Greystock Eustace has been a very naughty girl; even her family despairs of her. At the outset, I rolled my eyes a bit on her nabbing a noble, getting preggers pronto, and then his quick death. A bit convenient I thought. I wasn't really getting the "Diamonds" aspect as a concern, but back in bad old days of primogeniture, it was a big deal that they were considered a "family" asset rather than her own inheritance, as she asserted. They would be the property of the kid anyway 20 years later, so what's the big deal? A lot as it turned out, but that wasn't apparent until later in the book. I got the impression that she knew better at first, but came to believe her own lie by the end.

Anyway . . . my problem was that she's such a forceful character that the story really dragged whenever she was offscreen. Unfortunately, much of the other text concerned her cousin Frank's noble fiancée (the Victorians needed their fix on that, I don't), standing by him while he seems poised to jilt her. Breach of Promise plots are another that don't resonate with this modern reader. There is another subplot concerning a friend of Lizzie's, Mrs. Carbuncle, and her feverish plans to marry off her anti-social (perhaps even lesbian?) niece well. That angle proved mildly amusing, as did the appearances of a minor character, Lizzie's cranky old bat of an aunt .

When she is present, Lizzie is such a drama queen (to use a modern term) that she breathes life into the story, speaking forcefully and hatching plots. By the end I grew to like her as she seemed to be penalized as an example of what happens to nonconformists. She does, however, seem to use the kid as a convenient "prop" rather than actually caring about him, dumping him in her Scottish castle with a governess for long periods while she schemes in London.

The ending was, I believe, satisfying for its original readers, but not for me. I could only recommend the story for folks looking for a Trollope fix. Palliser series fans should be aware that the connection consists of Cora's befriending Lizzie with their meeting once, a time or two "offscreen" where Cora defends Lizzie (who has become notorious), and a very dull chapter on her husband's attempt at introducing decimal coinage.

Timothy West's narration, while excellent, still relied on the material he had with which to work.

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  • notprimespringG3
  • 13/03/2015

Slow start, but stick with it

Wonderful story, superb narration. Lady Eustace's first foxhunt is the funniest scene I've listened to on an audiobook. I laughed out loud (as I did every time West said "corsaire") and bookmarked it so I could play it many times. Truly entertaining!

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  • Lenore
  • 18/01/2012

THE ERA IN WHICH THE STORY IS WRITTEN

Would you listen to The Eustace Diamonds again? Why?

I DON'T THINK SO.

What other book might you compare The Eustace Diamonds to and why?

I MIGHT COMPARE IT TO OTHER STORIES WHICH ARE SET IN VICTORIAN TIMES THAT HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY ANTHONY TROLLOPE

What does Timothy West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

HE BRINGS ANTHONY TROLLOPE'S CHARACTERS TO LIFE AND MR WEST READS SO WONDERFULLY

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

PERHAPS NOT.

Any additional comments?

I FIND LISTENING TO NARRATED BOOKS MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN READING THEM -- IT'S EASY TO GET TO KNOW THE CHARACTERS AND ALSO TO VISUALISE THEM.

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