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Timothy West reading Anthony Trollope is one of those perfect coincidences of author and narrator that seem too good to be true; in fact I have sometimes wondered whether strange necromancy might not have been at work and West actually is Trollope. Not a single inflection of the author's wry irony is missed, devestatingly honest, but charitably and affectionately too.
Barchester Towers is of course the most famous of the Barsetshire novels, but as it is really a sequel to The Warden, it is better to begin with the earlier novel. All six Chronicles of Barsetshire, as well as all the Palliser novels, are available in West's performances on Audible, and few audiobooks have given me so much enjoyment.
I enjoyed The Warden first so this was like coming back to old friends. Mr. West does an excellent job with the text and voicing the characters and it blends very well with Trollope's style of speaking with the reader directly. The character names are as entertaining as ever, though I confess that the Lookalofts might edge out the Quiverfulls for my favorite. The story was well-conceived and well-told and I enjoyed the light-hearted look into the church and cathedral town life of the mid-century.
Blue Dome Mimi
I agree with the other reviewers...this book is a fascinating listen. Trollope's story is well-written, tightly woven throughout with a thread of gold. I admire his vocabulary and his use of it in telling the story of Barchester and its people. The variety and number of characters is impressive, and Trollope evokes my sympathy or disgust at will. I also enjoyed the way Trollope takes the reader deeper into the psyche of the characters as the story moves along. And don't we all enjoy poetic justice? I loved the book and enjoyed the narrator very much. I'll be listening to more of both by A. Trollope and recommend you do the same.
Incredibly entertaining. I felt he gave away a bit of the plot mid-novel but all in all a good listen.
Your choice of Timothy West was inspired. Barchester Towers is an outstanding classic and worthy of regular exposure to the modern reader/listener.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
I'm sorry, but I do have to differ in my opinion of this book from most other listeners. I've read 3 Trollope books before this one ... each was charming, if at times slow. I found this book to be simply boring. The redeeming value of this listen lies in the excellent narration of Timothy West, and the author's impeccable writing style. Unless you have an interest in church politics I'd skip this one.
Timothy West is pitch perfect in reading the Barchester and Palliser novels.
Yes, they are all incomparable.
Long for one sitting but would if I could
Wonderful story, beautifully plotted, distinct and memorable characters, a wise and ironic narrator, and a reader who catches all the nuances of the text and voices.
There's something of Austen, Dickens, and even an anticipation of Oscar Wilde in Trollope
"A great novel, exquisitely read"
The skilful plot peopled by engaging characters, incomparably read by a brilliant reader, Make this a great audible experience.
"Not as interesting as the first book (The Warden)"
I would make it shorter, concentrating on the main story (if there is one!)
Keep the story moving more
The characters were spot-on; really brought them to life and differentiated between them very well
After thoroughly enjoying The Warden, I found this book far too long and stuffed full of new characters whose role in the story was unclear at best. Didn't finish it
Timothy West is absolutely superb. He really brings Barchester Towers to life and draws one entirely into the story. His range and portrayal of all the characters is just first class. This is my first attempt at Trollope and it was wonderful. Highly recommended.
Reading Trollope is always a pleasure and hearing Timothy West's reading is the icing on the cake. West really understands Trollope and brings out every bit of humour and nuance. I get more out of this than reading the book myself.
A wonderful book, beautifully written and beautifully read by Timothy West. I can't recommend it highly enough!!!
This is an excellent listen and West has a good sense of comic timing while not obscuring the quiver moments. The cockney tinge to Slope's voice, though, felt a bit wrong - not enough to spoil my enjoyment but unexpected. Overall, wonderfully entertaining.
Absolutely loved it. Timothy West is perfection in this narration. The story is quite wonderful, the language used an absolute delight
"Barchester brought alive"
Timothy West reads the novel with intelligence and warmth, allowing Trollope's humour to gently shine through.
"Impossible to fault - Story and Reader"
Thoroughly enjoyed, the story and authorship plus the superb reading - Excellent
(I dislike the Review requirements and unlikely to review again. Let the listener decide what he wants to say, not Amazon head office)
"I was sorry when it ended!"
Timothy West has to be the best narrator ever. He really made all the characters into individuals, and brought the story properly to life. Brilliant.
The others in the series are all equally great. Timothy West again!
Beneath the surplice - an intimate portrait of church life in England.
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