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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"A classic for all generations endearingly performe"
Fantastic to see all six books of the Barchester Chronicles presented with a full cast of excellent actors. Perfect for winter evenings. Perfect for the beach in summer.
"Complete escape to another universe"
There is no one like Trollope to transport one to a small strange world of delightful or villainous characters who live on once the tale is told. It is difficult to surpass the memorable BBC TV adaptation with Nigel Hawthorne as the Archdeacon, Alan Rickman as Obadiah Slope and Donald Pleasance as the Warden, but I did manage to suppress their images in my mind after a time.
Also, this dramatisation covers ALL the Barsetshire novels, not only the most popular first two, allowing us to follow the fortunes of the harridan Mrs Proudie, the ex-Warden, and others to the end.
I'm sure I will listen again when in need of amusing company.
"BBC in great form"
Strong characterisations with lovely timing on the part of the actors. This is radio drama not an audio book, and it is very well done.
Trollope has a unique style which is socially critical and yet loving to the characters he writes about, and you see this is the Palliser series and particularly in The Way We Live Now.
It is hard to choose a favourite character as there are so many. This has been adapted from the book so the fascinating and witty descriptions are mostly edited out, although the delivery of the dialogue is in keeping with the description.
On the whole, the standard of performance was very high. It was interesting how many famous names are in the cast but so into their parts you don't realise it.
We bought this as we missed the first episodes of the recent radio serialisation. It sounds as fresh as a daisy.
"Anthony Trollope at his best"
I came to Anthony Trollope's work rather late in life and this thanks to the BBC dramatisation of his works. Trollope tends to paint the rural, political and religious life of 19th century England and he captures the hypocrisy of that society in a way that surpasses many other writers of the time. He understands ambition thoroughly and just how far man is prepared to go in order to attain it - he also understands their cowardly nature and their base instincts only to well. This sounds as if the writer is a mysogynist but not at all - there are also saving graces in his characters and they are not painted in a manichean way at all. His splendid irony allows the reader to penetrate behind the masks of various characters. This dramatisation with its cast of some of the finest actors in Britain should make you want to discover more about the author and read his works. I cannot reccommend this enough.
"Good dramatisation of a timeless classic"
This is a lovely series of stories that you can dip in and out of at your leisure. Anna Massey and Alex Jennings do a brilliant job of bringing a wide variety of young and old characters to vivid life.
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.
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