Absolutely! Timothy West is one of the best readers I've ever heard (going back to "Books on Tape")! Stories are leisurely and engrossing, and I both read AND listen. So much of mid-19th century events and culture resonate with today's world, and I see why Churchill is said to have always had a book by Trollope on hand. New to me, but so glad to have discovered his books. Get a feeling for them with the BBC movies or TV adaptations, then go to the books.
For me right now, Dickens has just a bit better writing, but stories are darker and more intense. Trollope has so many valid insights into different characters' personalities, a few laugh out loud moments, and vivid characters. I like reading them in order, and this is the first of the Barchester series and is one of his shorter novels.
Trollope descriptions of place and character are detailed enough (too much so, some say) to make you feel you're right there even though it's a long time ago. I liked this story especially because of the conflict with a newspaper and the "power of the press". Also, the dynamics of a small town and the relationship between church and its people is interesting.
That's what's so great about Timothy West: he alters his voice just enough so that each character is distinct. He almost always reads as if he is finding it just as interesting as you will.
Too long for one setting, but because Trollope issued them in periodicals (as did Dickens), he recaps just a little of the previous chapter so you can continue easily where you left off.
I wish Audible would make it possible to find the BOOK'S chapters rather than the so-called chapters (really sections of the download because it was a long book). It's hard to find where I was or to find a previous chapter if I want to hear it again.
Martha Mason's life story is very worth knowing, and her description of the small town atmosphere and helping community is heart-warming. Parts of her writing are well done, but her stretch to use all she learned in her college writing courses shows. A good editor might have helped with this book, and it's too bad she lost writing experience when her father needed her mother's help.
No. In this book it was wooden and didn't flow. Maybe she deserves a second chance, but I'd listen carefully to the preview first.
I wish Audible's "chapters" coincided with the book's. Would it be too expensive to have a Table of Contents that directed the listener to a specific chapter in the book even if it were in the middle of the download's 'chapters'?
No. The book deserves its place as a classic in children's literature.
No. She too frequently paused in mid-sentence (even where there wouldn't be a comma) and restarted as if she were beginning a new sentence. It affected the continuity and understanding of the story.
Also, her voice for Anne was way too high-toned, fast and childish for an 11 year old, and the tempo for Matthew was exaggerated to make him sound slow-witted.
The performance was outstanding, and I was especially impressed with the male voice for the grandfather's tales.
Although I didn't give the novel five stars, it will be one I'll remember for a long time.
I've so far liked all the audiobooks I've listened to. Ranking them is like naming your favorite child. All different. Each special.
The Grandfather's voice telling about the Deathless Man.
Learning about the impact of war and superstition in a part of the world I'm not familiar to was valuable in expanding my world view.
Timothy West makes all of Trollope's books special. As long as they are, he is such a professional in making every page and every voice interesting.
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