Phineas Finn
Anthony Trollope

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Narrated By: Simon Vance

Duration: 22 hours and 33 minutes

What to expect

Phineas Finn is an Irish MPA who is climbing the political ladder, largely through the assistance of his string of lovers. The questions he is forced to ask himself about honesty, independence, and parliamentary democracy are questions still asked today.

Phineas Finn is the second of Anthony Trollope's six Palliser novels, which together comprise a large, coherent composition that captures the fashions, manners, and politics of two decades of society in the high Victorian period. Trollope's unrivaled understanding of the institutions of mid–Victorian England and his sympathetic vision of human fallibility are informed by an unobtrusive irony that shines in these stories.

Genre

Classic fiction, Historical fiction, Fiction: general and literary, Satirical fiction and parodies

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“The polished excitement that animates [Vance’s] reading comes across richly and compels the listener’s attention.”

AudioFile

“This gracefully written work is perfectly read by [Vance], who successfully evokes the Victorian era.

Booklist

“The central tension in Trollope’s novel Phineas Finn is between independence and service. The title character is an Irish outsider who comes into Parliament vowing to be true to his individual conscience…Finn has to either chart his own course or allow himself to be put in harness for the good of the common effort.”

New York Times

Phineas Finn's engaging plot embraces matters as diverse as reform, the position of women, the Irish question, and the conflict between integrity and ambition...Trollope explores the realities of political life, and the clash between compromise and conviction, that is as topical today as it was in the 1860s.”