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Summary

The first novel in Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Warden is a compassionate portrait of the gentle, thoughtful warden and precentor of Barchester Cathedral, Mr. Septimus Harding.

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.

Trollope’s insight into character, his abundant imagination, and his sheer narrative skill are at their peak in The Warden.

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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 delicately drawn and thought provoking. Shaw-Parker reads beautifully. His range of voices for the different characters are entertaining without overpowering the main narrative. His clear reading and sensitive interpretation brought the story to life.

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  • Tally D Lykins
  • 16-06-16

Slow start, longer than needful, but enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

The narrator did a nice job and the dialogue and authors use of language was good.

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

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The first three chapters were a slow start, but eventually the book become more interesting. The authors' sentence structure is excellent and his character interaction was good.

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  • Joan Carroll
  • 01-10-16

I kept waiting for something to happen

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The plot, such as it was, proceeded at a glacial pace, particularly in the beginning. Perhaps someone who appreciates the beauty of language as much as or more than the plot.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something were the pace moves a bit more quickly!

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  • Connie Jo
  • 25-06-16

So many words, so little story!

I was looking forward to this story based on reviews of Trollope's other books. Very disappointed.

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  • 11-07-16

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