Audible Exclusive - Chronicles of Barsetshire, read by Timothy West
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  • 1
    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 novel of six in Trollope's series of the Chronicles of Barsetshire introducing the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and the characters of Septimus Harding, the Warden, and his son-in-law Archdeacon Grantly. The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the conscientious 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 Philadelphus (New Quay, Wales)
  • 2
    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 is the second of six in the series known as Chronicles of Barsetshire. Narrator Timothy West brings life to the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor. It chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester after one Bishop dies and a new one is selected. The rather incompetent new Bishop, Dr. Proudie, led by his formidable wife, and ambitious chaplain, Mr. Slope, begin to create turmoil with their desire to shake up the church establishment.

    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)
  • 3
    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope

    Doctor Thorne

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes.

    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 Philadelphus (New Quay, Wales)
  • 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 audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, the values of a Victorian gentleman, the young clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Though he lives a comfortable life, has a doting wife, children and a patroness in Lady Lufton, his ambitions stretch beyond the little village of Framley. Through a combination of naivety and social climbing, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of financial and social ruin by the disreputable politician, Sowerby.

    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 Philadelphus (New Quay, Wales)
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    The Small House At Allington | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House At Allington

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    The spirited Lily Dale, who longs to be loved, is devastated when her fiancé, the self-interested Adolphus Crosbie, jilts her for the aristocratic Lady Alexandrina. Although heartbroken, Lily still loves Crosbie and believes she must remain single despite him being unworthy of her affections. Even when the more deserving John Eame, presents himself she is still unable to see past her feelings for Crosbie. Meanwhile, Lily's sister Bell is also under pressure to marry for money, not for love.

    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 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 the last and most complex of the Barsetshire novels, many of Trollope's best-loved characters appear, but the mood of the novel is darker and more uneasy than in earlier volumes. At the heart of the novel is the penniless Reverend Josiah Crawley, first encountered in Framley Parsonage, who in the opening of the book is accused of theft, creating a public scandal that threatens to tear the community apart.

    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 Philadelphus (New Quay, Wales)