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  • Framley Parsonage

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (79)

    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.

    Joseph R says: ""Is the Game Worth the Gamble?""
    "WHAT IS TO BE DONE TO MAKE T WEST READ MORE A.T.?"
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    What did you love best about Framley Parsonage?

    Every word written by Trollope and every word uttered by West.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, I love them all even the bad ones, as Trollope did I'm sure.


    Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favorite?

    My only complaint about Trollope is that he only wrote 46 novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I am facing a very nasty situation in that I have listened to nearly all Trollope novels narrated by Timothy West. Sadly, Trollope is now deceased and will never write more, but could not West be held captive in a Venetian palacio or English country mansion until he has recorded EVERYTHING.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Moment Towards the End of the Play: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Timothy West
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Timothy West is held in high regard and great affection for his versatility and his reliability. He has played roles as diverse as Edward VII and Thomas Beecham, Falstaff and Uncle Vanya, Stalin and Churchill, and he became a household name in the TV series Brass. He has played in the West End, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, toured the country doing the classics, performed Dickens and Dostoyevsky on television, has had a stint running the Old Vic, and married an actress called Prunella Scales.

    cebepe says: "I WOULD PAY TO HEAR HIM READ THE PHONE BOOK"
    "I WOULD PAY TO HEAR HIM READ THE PHONE BOOK"
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    Would you listen to A Moment Towards the End of the Play again? Why?

    It is pretty rare to listen twice to anything, but were Timothy West to read the phone book, I would pay to download it. I have listened to all his readings of Trollope novels, but there is one catch, which is I cannot now contemplate listening to Trollope by any other reader. As he is now in his mid-seventies, perhaps his recording days are over. Now here is his autobiography, that proves he is also an eloquent and entertaining writer as well. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of a Marchioness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson-Burnett
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (97)

    Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.

    Curatina says: "A Sweet Romantic Tale"
    "ENJOYED IT"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Outstanding narrator. Curious story with a very well-drawn heroine. Interest in the heroine kept me reading.


    What about Lucy Scott’s performance did you like?

    Lucy Scott has a wonderful voice and uses it to full effect.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phineas Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser novels, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life, entangling political ambitions with the experiences of love. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted to high society.

    Leni Ramberg says: "The entire book is in the 3 parts of download."
    "TIMOTHY WEST OUTSTANDING"
    Overall

    I see no one praises Trollope. Nor can I; he is quite beyond it. My wife could not listen to Trollope for as long as two minutes, but I am a thankful addict. I see everyone praises T West the narrator; me too, he is terrific and it is no mean feat to hold the listener's attention for thirty hours. I don't think Phineas is the most interesting character in his own book, and I really wish he had married Madam Max instead of choosing dear little Mary Flood.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "THE OUTSTANDING TIMOTHY WEST"
    Overall

    As Trollope is beyond praise, it remains to be said that with audio the qualities of the narrator are as vitally important as a musician interpreting a great composer. Timothy West is a narrator whose performance does justice to the greatness of Trollope, and that is not easy for this novel is packed with male and female characters. West does a marvelous job interpreting them all, and is equally successful interpreting the novelist himself, for Trollope is an ever-present voice in all his works. I got enormous pleasure listening to this long, long novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Barchester Towers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (131)

    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.

    Janet says: "Read The Warden first"
    "MARVELOUS VINTAGE WINE MARVELOUSLY POURED"
    Overall

    What can one say about Anthony Trollope? He's one of the giants. My wife wouldn't be found dead reading him so it is clear that not everyone falls for him, but for those who love Trollope, Barchester Towers is one of the loveliest, though frankly there's nothing Trollopian I wouldn't read. With readings, the narrator is also critically important and here we have Timothy West, who in my opinion is as good as it gets. I think he is not entirely on the mark with Madeleine, but bear in mind this book has multiple characters. Timothy West does a terrific job differentiating them. He is better at men than at women - go figure - but he is overall so good that listening to this book was a pleasure from start to finish.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Warden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    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.

    Larbi says: "Delightful Reading of Trollope"
    "NOT WELL READ"
    Overall

    We all know the world is divided into two - those who cannot get enough of Trollope, and those who are somehow defective. That said, I cannot recommend Simon Vance's reading. He is a good nonfiction reader and he can read fiction too, as long as he does get into characters. The problem lies in his hopeless rendition of female voices, and he is not that great at men's voices either, so it rather spoils the telling. Sorry, Simon. I whole-heartedly recommend Timothy West's readings, who nails it every time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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