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Barchester Towers Audiobook

Barchester Towers

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.
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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.

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    Martin Rochester, Australia 03-02-13
    Martin Rochester, Australia 03-02-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Match Made in Heaven"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Lisa Corona Del Mar, CA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "an entertaining listen"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 07-24-12
    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2016

    Blue Dome Mimi

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    "Trollope Triumphs!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine Prince George, BC, Canada 01-28-12
    Madeleine Prince George, BC, Canada 01-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Nice Story"

    Incredibly entertaining. I felt he gave away a bit of the plot mid-novel but all in all a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R Jasper, GA, United States 11-02-11
    R Jasper, GA, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration"

    Your choice of Timothy West was inspired. Barchester Towers is an outstanding classic and worthy of regular exposure to the modern reader/listener.

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    Robin 08-10-13
    Robin 08-10-13

    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 ...

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    "tedious story, great narration"

    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.

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    R. Falanga Berkeley, CA United States 06-28-15
    R. Falanga Berkeley, CA United States 06-28-15 Member Since 2013

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    "What larks!"

    Wicked and satisfying portrait of human nature. Will not be understood by anyone under 40.

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    Peggy White Cambridge, MA USA 06-03-15
    Peggy White Cambridge, MA USA 06-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Timothy West is the best reader ever."
    Where does Barchester Towers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Timothy West is pitch perfect in reading the Barchester and Palliser novels.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, they are all incomparable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Long for one sitting but would if I could


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    Montcalm 01-14-13
    Montcalm 01-14-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Trollope is great"
    What did you love best about Barchester Towers?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Barchester Towers to and why?

    There's something of Austen, Dickens, and even an anticipation of Oscar Wilde in Trollope


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  • Nick Gowlland
    4/13/16
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    "Simply magnificent"

    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.

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  • Head Coach
    UK
    4/4/16
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    "Pure Pleasure"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Sue
    2/16/16
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    "Wonderful!"

    A wonderful book, beautifully written and beautifully read by Timothy West. I can't recommend it highly enough!!!

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  • Roman Clodia
    London
    1/16/16
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    "Entertaining"
    Where does Barchester Towers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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  • eatough1999
    Northumberland, UK
    1/9/16
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    "Wonderful"

    Absolutely loved it. Timothy West is perfection in this narration. The story is quite wonderful, the language used an absolute delight


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  • P. J. Ormrod
    9/11/15
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    "Barchester brought alive"

    Timothy West reads the novel with intelligence and warmth, allowing Trollope's humour to gently shine through.

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  • Joe
    UK
    8/5/15
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    "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)

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  • Siobhan
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    7/24/15
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    "I was sorry when it ended!"
    What did you like most about Barchester Towers?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Barchester Towers to, and why?

    The others in the series are all equally great. Timothy West again!


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

    The Archdeacon.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Beneath the surplice - an intimate portrait of church life in England.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    Ely, United Kingdom
    7/23/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Trollope has an understanding of women quite unique in classical writers - and gives them depth of character. This is such great narration which catches all the characters exactly with the wit, charm and pathos we can expect from this series.

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  • Joanne
    Clavering, United Kingdom
    6/10/15
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    "Timothy West strikes gold again."

    Delivered with such precise and charming narration by Timothy West. His ability to inject the necessary humour and characterisation with such apparent ease is a sheer wonder. I look forward to the next instalment of the Barchester Chronicles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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