Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.
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While I am sure others find this a treasure [see other reviews], I did not. It was neither ironic, witty, funny, nor engaging. It was just plain boring. It put me to sleep every time I turned it on.I found the characters very dull and unimaginative.The pace drags so that it takes 15 min to get thru a scene that could be done in 5... and I still have no idea what happened to John Bold. Aaaah - where's good ole Jeeves when you need him???
"The Barchester Chronicles"
I think many people would find reading the actual book a little dry, but the dramatisation on this audiobook brought the story to life and I couldn't wait for my next free time to listen in.
The whole result was charming.
"The Classics at their best - don't miss this one!"
I read "The Warden" many years ago and was captivated with the charming writing of Anthony Trollope. I have listened to it this afternoon and cannot wait to enjoy the rest of the Chronicles. As a full-time carer, I don't have enough time to indulge in my favourite hobby of reading, but I can clean the house as I listen to these stories unfolding from a world which is long gone, but where the characters are so alive that they could be in my own living room with me. This is a truly wonderful dramatisation and not to be missed!
These are a like series of mini plays which refer to a time gone by. Listened to when I was driving and was tired of listening to never ending chat/drivel. If you like afternoon dramas or plays you will like these.
Visualisation of the characters was easy and I thoroughly enjoyed the them, the plot was intertwined and kept me listening
Anna Massey is a treasure lost and although it is obviously her, you get lost in the performance of the character. Anna Massey pulls it off again.
`Be sure to listen to them in the right order and enjoy
... it ain't - marvelously produced and played the 'Mild' intrigues surrounding the Cathedral and diocese of Barchester never fail to amuse and involve.
Long (exceedingly) but never boring if you are looking for a bargain to spend your credit on here it awaits - enjoy
"Sheer escapism from the 21st C!"
I have listened to this more than once for the joy of Trollope read by such a wonderful narrator. Highly recommended.
This dramatisation of all the Barchester novels perfectly captures the spirit and feel of these wonderful books. Every character has been brilliantly cast and they bring the books to life exactly as one might imagine them.
The stories begin with the Warden, the gentle Mr Harding who is forced from his comfortable job by the criticism of the national press, superbly played by Alec McCowen. They continue in the Cathedral Close in Barchester Towers, which pits the overbearing Bishop's wife, Mrs Proudie (Rosemary Leach), against the Archdeacon (Stephen Moore). They then cover stories across the whole of Barsetshire, from a hunting parson, the son of a spendthrift squire, to a jilted girl, before returning, in the Last Chronicle of Barset, to the Cathedral Close with the story of the wronged perpetual curate of Hogglestock.
Many of the themes seem remarkably current in today's world and Trollope's gentle satire and insight into the human condition underlies this classic dramatisation.
"Spellbound and swept back through the centuries."
I was spellbound. So many tantalisingly familiar voices unfold these interlinking stories. I know this will be one of those precious Audible downloads that I will return to time and again.
"Good to wile the hours away"
Fun and a good collection to keep dipping in and out of. Now understand the phrase "what a load of Trollope" :)
This is a toe curling wonderful dramatisation with a superb cast. Once you've started listening, it almost takes an act of violence to turn it off.
Now can we have "The Pallisers" too, please?
"Humour and sentiment - and still recognisable."
I hadn't read any Trollope for many years, and then I think I gave up Barchester Towers half way through. After hearing this dramatisation I looked at the books again, and it confirmed my impression that the style is too plain to sustain the average modern reader through such complex (and sometimes repetitive) plots. But this dramatisation was compulsive listening - often very funny (plenty of laugh out loud moments) and often quite moving. I even found myself starting to feel sorry for Mrs Proudie when she was dying - a tribute to the superb character acting - though this sentimental aberration was soon corrected by Archdeacon Grantley's response to the news of her death. If I have a criticism it is that Bishop Proudie was too pathetic and under her control from the start; I couldn't imagine him ever being elected to any position of authority, and he is a rather stronger character in the books. But this is a small blemish on a delightful mixture of satire and sentiment which brilliantly conveys Trollope's ability to create characters who are both of their time and universally relevant: you recognise many people you know today in these stories, despite their very different social circumstances.
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