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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I thoroughly enjoyed this dramatised version of the BCs. I've been trying to read the novels for years, and never seem to have the time to give them, and this was so accessible. Very easy to "pick up" and "put down", as it were. The acting was pretty consistent in it's good quality. High lights for me are the Archdeacon from the "The Warden" (and throughout), Anna Massey; the woman who is "the ointment" heiress; Dr. Harding; Kenneth Cranham (towards the end); Lily and Johnny (will they, won't they?); and Dr. Thorne and his niece. Actually, I don't think there is a weak performance. Brenda Blethyn, plays Lily's mother, she's good, as is her 'sister' (Lily's) and brother.....
I'm blithering. It's long, it's involving, you really like the characters, it's funny, and Trollope has a moral centre to the work. Love and right triumph. At least I hope so, I'm not quite finished yet!
Yes and no. Yes, because it was great. No, because it really was too long.
this was a wonderful dramatization and I would listen to all of it again, My one criticism is that some of the men's voices sounded slightly similar but I thoroughly enjoyed this series.
Euripides has dulled his brain
it was gripping and I did laugh out loud
"Best listen for me this year so far"
I love Trollope's books and got this even though I already have the chronicles as a regular book. I walk my dogs while listening to audio books and this length was perfect for long walks in Bavaria during our recent holiday. The dramatisation version is great and just under 19 hours went by real fast.
What can I say - Trollope, the BBC at its dramatic best, a fantastic cast...
It is an adaptation of course, and you may find that your favourite bit is missing, but I think it preserves the integrity of the works.
The quote from Ruth at the end of The Small House at Allington is poignant enough for tears.
"The Complete Barchester Chronicles"
This is a very slick production of a timeless classic - yes its long but perfect for a holiday or dipping into before falling asleep as each story can be listened to in its own right. I confess I bought it as it was great value for a single credit but I doubt I would ever had read Trollope on my own accord but listening to this great cast is a treat.
Wonderful, can't-stop-listening enjoyment. Beautifully acted and you have to find out what is coming next. Thoroughly enjoyable, my favourite download to date (of about 25).
I've read some of Trollope's Barchester Chronicles a long time ago and chose this dramatisation as my first ever audible. I was not disappointed; it was fantastic. Wonderful characterisation by all the actors; witty, emotional and passionate. I absolutely loved it and feel rather bereft now that I have finished listening to it. I'm sure that I will return to it and enjoy all over again.
This is as compelling as any modern soap and as engaging.
The story is funny and sad and very easy to listen to.
If you are generally not likely to listen to or read a classic as they appear to be dull or worthy start with this and you will soon be hooked.
The production is of the highest quality and I loved it.
This audio book is an absolute delight from start to finish. Incredibly good value for money also.
"An everyday story of Clerical Folk"
Brilliant. A whole history lesson of the gentle and not so gentle folk of Barchester wonderfully read.
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