Chronicles of Barsetshire
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  • 1
    The Warden | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Nigel Hawthorne
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    Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes, the story centres on Mr Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to it.

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    The Warden | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    The first of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period.

    Volume one in a perfect series

    It's hard to explain just how good Timothy West's readings of Trollope are. The authorial voice is humane, wise, and various and overcomes Trollope's..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 February 2009 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    The Warden | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Anthony Trollope's classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.

    1950's Trollope

    Oh dear. Why does Simon Vance feel impelled to make all the characters sound as though they have stepped from a 1950's British film? Eleanor is made..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 October 2007 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1 | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    Loved and appreciated by all with whom he works, Harding lives an ordered, regular life in his protected religious environment. Then one day, a young reformer feels he has uncovered a mismanagement of funds and Harding is held to blame. The accusation comes as a shock not only to Harding himself but also to the cathedral community. It then comes to wider notice when the cause is taken up by a national newspaper.

    Clarity of interpretation

    This is an old-fashioned subject and story that takes a little initial patience to engage with. However the moral nuances of character and choice are ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 October 2016 by think about it ()
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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

    A straightforward reading

    The title isn't meant to be faint praise. This is a huge improvement on Simon Vance's eccentric reading. This is one of Trollope's easier to listen ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 March 2008 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

    West is best

    Barchester Towers is perhaps the most enjoyable novel of an author whom it is almost always a delight to read. Perhaps the novel does not scale the h..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 October 2008 by Francis (Liverpool, United Kingdom)
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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    This magnificent novel, sequel to The Warden and second in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, satirizes the struggle for ascendancy among the clergy of a cathedral city. The contest is between the outgoing church authorities led by Archdeacon Grantly and the newcomers led by Mrs. Proudie and her protégé, the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope. Each wishes to become the dominant voice in the quiet diocese of Barchester, and they contend for the newly vacant post of warden of Hiram's Hospital.

    More 1950's Trollope

    Simon Vance continues his impressions of characters in 1950's British films. The women suffer especially, sounding like Lady Bracknell or Gwendoline ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 October 2007 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Margaret Hilton
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    First, a warning: If you haven't read any Trollope, start with The Warden; it's the first in a series of which Barchester is second. Next, a rather shocking warning: Trollope may be as addictive as a soap opera.

    Trollope's not for me

    I would like the book to be kinder to its characters - they are all ridiculed and satirised and it's difficult to listen to a book in whose characters..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 February 2014 by Mrs (Lapenne, France)
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    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope

    Doctor Thorne

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    Frank Gresham, son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury, has fallen in love with penniless Mary Thorne. Despite the promptings of his family to consider a Miss Dunstable, heiress to a fortune, Frank's affections persist, and the humane Doctor Thorne, as Mary's protector, must confront the prejudices of the mid-Victorian society.

    Hooray! Real Trollope

    After the infuriating 1950's-British-film readings of Simon Vance, made worse by his not remembering from chapter to chapter what eccentric accent he ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 16 January 2008 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope

    Doctor Thorne

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

    A bit less eccentric than Simon Vance's usual mode

    for the Barchester books but still too 1950's for more than 3 stars. A good book, but all the characters sound as though they have stepped out of a 1..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 October 2007 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    Dr Thorne: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3 | Anthony Trollope

    Dr Thorne: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    It tells the tale of Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne, a couple intent on marriage despite their conflicting social backgrounds. Frank is engaged in a fierce battle with his family as his mother vehemently opposes the marriage and pushes him to marry a wealthy heiress; however, Frank shuns her attempts and is determined to accept Mary on her own terms.

    It's a treat

    Superb narration, lovely story, overall very enjoyable.
    Mr Shaw - Parker is quite impressive in a role of Sir Rodger, perhaps the best narrator I..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 November 2016 by Milica ()
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    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope

    Doctor Thorne

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    This charming novel, one of Trollope's most popular, is full of love and laughter. Will Frank Gresham, heir to an impoverished estate, marry penniless Mary Thorne despite the protests of all of his family? Should Doctor Thorne divulge a secret that may make all of the difference?

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  • 4
    Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope

    Framley Parsonage

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    In the fourth of the Barsetshire Chronicles, the values of a Victorian gentleman, the young clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Through a combination of naivety and social ambition, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of ruin. Trollope tells his story with great compassion, offsetting the drama with his customary humour. Like all the Barsetshire novels, it is an extraordinarily evocative picture of everyday life in 19th-century England.

    Everything an audiobook should be

    Timothy West is one of the best audiobook readers. His narrator is humane, wise and engaging, despite Trollope's prolixity. His characters are beaut..Show More »

    Reviewed on 05 March 2009 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope

    Framley Parsonage

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark, in a moment of weakness, agrees to, even though he knows the man is a notorious debtor; it brings Mark to the brink of ruin.

    Dreadful characterisations of Trollope's people

    Throughout the series Simon Vance has taken all his characterisations from 1950's British films. Here he also gives one minor character a Scottish ac..Show More »

    Reviewed on 21 October 2007 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    Framley Parsonage: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4 | Anthony Trollope

    Framley Parsonage: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    In Framley Parsonage, the fourth novel of Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire, the author leaves the confines of Barchester and looks to the countryside, where he relates the moral difficulties of Mark Robarts, the young clergyman who has recently been appointed Vicar of Framley. Desperate to keep up with the local aristocracy, the country parson is persuaded to underwrite the debts of Sowerby, a well-respected peer.

    Lovely

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was beautifully written and read well. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    Reviewed on 28 June 2016 by Amazon Customer ()
  • 5
    The Small House At Allington | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House At Allington

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    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, a morose and rather unimaginative old bachelor who lives at the 'Great House' at Allington. His sister-in-law lives at the adjacent 'Small House', with her two daughters Lily and Belle, and the action centres on the relations between the two houses and on the romantic entanglements of the two girls.

    Lily & co

    Trollope writes the most wonderful women characters - far more varied and three-dimensional than Dickens - and makes them speak with individual voices..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 March 2009 by Jill (Hove, E Sussex, United Kingdom)
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    The Small House at Allington | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House at Allington

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    The Small House at Allington introduces Trollope's charming heroine, Lily Dale, to the Barsetshire scene. Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor living in the main house on his property at Allington. He has loaned an adjacent small house rent free to his widowed sister-in-law and her daughters, Lily and Bell. But the relations between the two houses are strained, affecting the romantic entanglements of the girls.

    Oh for a better reading

    I have been listening to Simon Vance's eccentricities with Trollope only for the want of an alternative - 1950's accents, completely wrong accents for..Show More »

    Reviewed on 01 March 2008 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    The Small House at Allington: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 5 | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House at Allington: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 5

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    • By Anthony Trollope
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    The fifth novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Small House at Allington, concerns the lives of the two Dale girls, Lily and Bell, who live at the Small House. While Bell is in love with the local doctor James Crofts, Lily is pursued by two men: the worldly, rich and handsome Adolphus Crosbie and the poor but honest Johnny Eames. With each determined to gain her hand in marriage, who will she choose?

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    The Last Chronicle of Barset | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    In this, the last of the Barsetshire novels, many familiar characters appear, but the mood of the novel is darker and more uneasy than in earlier volumes.

    Audiobook bliss

    Timothy West and Trollope simply work. This series of the Barchester novels could compete for the title of Best Ever Audiobooks. The Last Chronicle ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 April 2009 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    The Last Chronicle of Barset | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    This last novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series involves Mr. Crawley, the impoverished curate of Hogglestock, who is accused of theft when he uses a large check to pay off his debts. The scandal fiercely divides the citizens of Barsetshire and threatens to tear apart Mr. Crawley's family.

    Final episode in sometimes perverse reading

    Mainly competent but still with voice choices that go against the novel. Mrs Crawley should not have contorted vowels that place her a social class b..Show More »

    Reviewed on 03 February 2008 by Lynne (New Quay, United Kingdom)
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    The Last Chronicle of Barset, Parts 1 & 2 | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset, Parts 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    In the grand finale to the Barchester novels, the proud curate Mr. Crawley is accused of theft, and many familiar characters take sides. Bishop and Mrs. Proudie, Archdeacon and Mrs. Grantly, Reverend Harding, the Thornes, the Greshams, Lady Lufton, Johnny Eames, and Lily Dale are among those involved in this tale of pathos, intrigue, and love, which frequently leads to laughter.

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    The Last Chronicle of Barset: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 6 | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By David Shaw-Parker
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    In The Last Chronicle of Barset, Trollope concludes his saga of ecclesiastical life. At the heart of the novel is the plight of Josiah Crawley, a proud, impoverished clergyman who faces difficult legal circumstances. Caught amid poverty, Josiah appears to have stolen a check and is forced to stand trial - despite the fact that he cannot remember its origins. To make matters worse, his daughter, Grace, desperately seeks the approval of Archdeacon Grantly, whose son she intends to marry.

    Compelling narrative

    The performance couldn't be better. So much variety in the voices it's easy to forget there's one narrator. Trollope weaves together the various plots..Show More »

    Reviewed on 29 February 2016 by S. F. Bond (Yorkshire)