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This is a beautifully written story, reminding us once again how easily things can go wrong, even when we're minding our own business, thinking we're living good lives. Not only is the warden a good man, but he does everything he can to make up for the wrong he's accused of doing, In some way, he's the "everyman" who is going about his life in the best way he can, when someone else comes along and spoils it. Intertwined relationships only send the suspense higher. I enjoyed listening to this story partly because the narrator is excellent. I'll be looking for other books by Timothy West, and I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys authors like Anthony Trollope. I'm going to listen to all the Barchester Towers series.
This is a nice, peaceful little book where not much happens but where you come to love the characters dearly. Trollope can make a chapter on a character stalling and wasting a day in London delightful and interesting though nothing really happens. The narration is wonderful.
I plan to continue on with the Barchester series and with this same narrator.
I was an English major and hadn't a clue when i read Trollope. Partly a problem of youth, no doubt. But a good reader always teaches me more about a novel than a lecture. Viva Timothy West!
Grantley's set to with his wife in their dressing chamber!
yes! they're all divinely inspired.
"Listen to West's reading!"
Thanks Trollope, thanks West, thanks Audible!
Would absolutely listen to it again, a wonderful story about mid Victorian life in an English Cathedral city..
Too many to count, was all great.. Sadness at the ending was well written and performed..
Loved the way it was all done but he made the Rev. Harding so much like I'd picture him, he made him seem really sympathetic and a truly Christian man..
It's long but yes I would.. Love it so much and am slowly getting the rest of the Barsetshire Chronicles as audiobooks read by Timothy West..
Nothing except I have found a new classic author to love :D
I would like to read the rest of The Chronicles of Barsetshire The characters are interesting and the story and issues have relevance to current events. Although this book is fairly short, it was a bit long-winded, and I found that I had to listen carefully to capture all the nuances.
Not better, just equally excellent. Although, if you are not used to reading 19th-century literature, perhaps the audio would make the text slightly more accessible. Timothy West's performance hit all the right notes and he really gets the wry humour of Trollope. Just a delightful performance. I'm so glad I chose his version over some of the other narrators available.
The Warden, of course. How could one not fall in love with West's version of him as a gentle, kindly man? Although as performed by West, the Archdeacon was great fun as well.
Well, as mentioned above, I think Mr West understands Trollope, who infuses his social insights with the most deliciously wry and gentle sense of humor. West's reading also sounds completely natural in its delivery and I believe this could make the prose seem less stilted to an unaccustomed 21st-century ear.
An irrelevant question.
I noticed in reading through Trollope reviews that some listeners complained that "nothing happened." Well, yes, exactly. This is c19 literature, not Die Hard. It's gentle and subtle and witty and, dare I say it, slow, It luxuriates in the minutiae of daily life. If that's not appealing to you, there are hundreds of thousands of other books out there. But know going in, these are small stories about daily life from a brilliant author born 200 years ago. They are quiet and leisurely and free from murders, terrorist organizations, bombs and rapid plot developments. To be treated to a performance of one of these gems as delivered to us by a classically-trained actor such as Mr West is, to me, one of life's small yet great pleasures.
Audible obsessed! Listening to books since 2002.... Wow! I own 239 titles in my Audible library.
This narrator has a tendency of practically whispering female characters then booming the male characters. I must have missed some dialogue due to this. But I still can't wait to start the next book.
NYC editor 25 years.
I am a historical romance reader, but decided to take a chances on
Trollop. Wow! I had forgotten the pleasure of good literature.
The character development, the perfectly crafted story, the command of the English language all make for a stellar reading / listening experience
My first Trollope. Really a treat - his observations of types that continue to this day is wonderful. The story drags a little in the last quarter or so, but it's a wonderful, knowing, humane book, and West's narration is truly incredible. He hits that perfect middle ground between simply reading and acting where appropriate.