The Way We Live Now


Read by Debra Lynn

(4.4 stars; 41 reviews)

The Way We Live Now is a scathing satirical novel published in London in 1875 by Anthony Trollope, after a popular serialization. It was regarded by many of Trollope's contemporaries as his finest work.
One of his longest novels (it contains a hundred chapters), The Way We Live Now is particularly rich in sub-plot. It was inspired by the financial scandals of the early 1870s, and lashes at the pervading dishonesty of the age, commercial, political, moral, and intellectual. It is one of the last memorable Victorian novels to have been published in monthly parts. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(33 hr 50 min)

Chapters

Ch. 001 Three Editors 21:48 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 002 The Carbury Family 21:49 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 003 The Beargarden 16:01 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 004 Madame Melmotte's Ball 31:38 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 005 After The Ball 8:18 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 006 Roger Carbury And Paul Montague 25:11 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 007 Mentor 19:22 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 008 Love-Sick 17:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 009 The Great Railway To Vera Cruz 18:48 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 010 Mr Fisker's Success 25:22 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 011 Lady Carbury At Home 27:32 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 012 Sir Felix In His Mother's House 13:19 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 013 The Longestaffes 22:47 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 014 Carbury Manor 19:25 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 015 'You Should Remember That I Am His Mother' 20:59 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 016 The Bishop And The Priest 27:09 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 017 Marie Melmotte Hears A Love Tale 25:37 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 018 Ruby Ruggles Hears A Love Tale 13:05 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 019 Hetta Carbury Hears A Love Tale 25:06 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 020 Lady Pomona's Dinner Party 13:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 021 Everybody Goes To Them 27:04 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 022 Lord Nidderdale's Morality 17:01 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 023 'Yes I'm A Baronet' 22:52 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 024 Miles Grendall's Triumph 19:19 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 025 In Grosvenor Square 14:22 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 026 Mrs Hurtle 27:40 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 027 Mrs Hurtle Goes To The Play 24:46 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 028 Dolly Longestaffe Goes Into The City 12:20 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 029 Miss Melmotte's Courage 17:08 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 030 Mr Melmotte's Promise 22:21 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 031 Mr Broune Has Made Up His Mind 20:15 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 032 Lady Monogram 19:41 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 033 John Crumb 27:43 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 034 Ruby Ruggles Obeys Her Grandfather 12:38 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 035 Melmotte's Glory 24:46 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 036 Mr Broune's Perils 13:51 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 037 The Board-Room 28:34 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 038 Paul Montague's Troubles 19:54 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 039 'I Do Love Him' 27:49 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 040 'Unanimity Is The Very Soul Of These Things' 12:47 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 041 All Prepared 12:39 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 042 'Can You Be Ready In Ten Minutes?' 22:37 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 043 The City Road 26:26 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 044 The Coming Election 21:45 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 045 Mr Melmotte Is Pressed For Time 18:52 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 046 Roger Carbury And His Two Friends 20:59 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 047 Mrs Hurtle At Lowestoft 28:09 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 048 Ruby A Prisoner 12:19 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 049 Sir Felix Makes Himself Ready 19:33 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 050 The Journey To Liverpool 20:58 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 051 Which Shall It Be? 21:15 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 052 The Results Of Love And Wine 18:07 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 053 A Day In The City 24:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 054 The India Office 26:00 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 055 Clerical Charities 13:17 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 056 Father Barham Visits London 20:31 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 057 Lord Nidderdale Tries His Hand Again 21:44 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 058 Mr Squercum Is Employed 21:10 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 059 The Dinner 21:21 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 060 Miss Longestaffe's Lover 19:45 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 061 Lady Monogram Prepares For The Party 11:29 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 062 The Party 27:24 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 063 Mr Melmotte On The Day Of The Election 18:49 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 064 The Election 22:01 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 065 Miss Longestaffe Writes Home 17:16 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 066 'So Shall Be My Enmity' 19:02 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 067 Sir Felix Protects His Sister 16:53 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 068 Miss Melmotte Declares Her Purpose 17:05 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 069 Melmotte In Parliament 26:03 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 070 Sir Felix Meddles With Many Matters 19:17 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 071 John Crumb Falls Into Trouble 19:16 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 072 'Ask Himself' 24:19 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 073 Marie's Fortune 16:45 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 074 Melmotte Makes A Friend 19:32 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 075 In Bruton Street 21:01 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 076 Hetta And Her Lover 22:13 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 077 Another Scene In Bruton Street 21:56 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 078 Miss Longestaffe Again At Caversham 16:31 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 079 The Brehgert Correspondence 24:08 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 080 Ruby Prepares For Service 15:38 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 081 Mr Cohenlupe Leaves London 25:45 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 082 Marie's Perseverance 23:01 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 083 Melmotte Again At The House 20:39 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 084 Paul Montague's Vindication 20:22 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 085 Breakfast In Berkeley Square 16:08 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 086 The Meeting In Bruton Street 19:30 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 087 Down At Carbury 19:15 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 088 The Inquest 17:57 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 089 'The Wheel Of Fortune' 24:38 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 090 Hetta's Sorrow 15:57 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 091 The Rivals 21:12 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 092 Hamilton K. Fisker Again 20:43 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 093 A True Lover 19:26 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 094 John Crumb's Victory 18:18 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 095 The Longestaffe Marriages 17:25 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 096 Where 'The Wild Asses Quench Their Thirst' 19:35 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 097 Mrs Hurtle's Fate 20:17 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 098 Marie Melmotte's Fate 18:55 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 099 Lady Carbury And Mr Broune 19:15 Read by Debra Lynn
Ch. 100 Down In Suffolk 18:14 Read by Debra Lynn

Reviews

Well-Read Classic!

(5 stars)

This was my first foray into Trollope, and being a fan of both Dickens and Wharton, I felt that this was almost like a marriage of the two. It’s a long story with lots of characters and sub-plots, but I found it engrossing. I give much credit to the reader—she was unflagging. She never stumbled in her speech, never met a word she could not pronounce, and did not affect any accents. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her and the story itself.

GREAT SATIRE

(4.5 stars)

A bit long, but the pompous characters are well done. The reader did a fine job on what must have seemed a never-ending task.

(3 stars)

Why do people call this novel his best? I liked a number of the Barchester Towers novel better. I felt little sympathy for the characters and what's worse, I felt less sympathy by him for the characters than I did in his other novels. In other works, I was struck by his Christian sympathy and mercy even for the dissolute but this novel seems to have a more secular air. I liked Roger Carbury but even that had its limits. Maybe I was a bad reader or took for granted some of Trollope's qualities from dulled familiarity. ...The reader did a fine job.

Good reader, good book

(4 stars)

My first Trollope book, interesting to read about the society in the 1800's and the complex question about marriage, a lot of social rang, money issues concerning the whole matter. I know Mr Melmotte is pointed out as the big swindler, but it feels like almost everyone have a string of falseness in them. More or less.. Appreciate the narrator who's doing a great job must taken ages to read all this. All in all a good one.

Excellent Reading!

(5 stars)

Debra Lynn is one of Lirbivox's best volunteers, and she doesn't disappoint with her rendition of The Way We Live Now. This was an extremely long book, but with Debra at the helm, it's a pleasant listen. Highly recommended!

Most enjoyable

(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this narration of Anthony Trollope's best novel. It must have been a huge undertaking for the narrator and she managed to make the final chapter sound as fresh and as ebullient as the first. Good stuff!

Good Winding Tale

(5 stars)

with the exception of some blatant anti Semitic attitudes (of some of the characters) which lessened my enjoyment of the story somewhat - this was on a whole a very well done piece of literature

A truly superb reader

(5 stars)

Wonderful book by Trollope very relevant to issues today. If you've never listened to this reader, or a book by Trollope, you can't do better than to start here.