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'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.
Being new to Trollope, I was wary of downloading 6 hours of it! It's an excellent dramatisation; very easy to follow over the several days it took me to listen to it. Highly recommended!
"A real gem"
I enjoyed the televised version of the Batchester chronicles, but this reading is beautifully done.
First of all, I don't think Anna Massey has ever done anything bad in her life. She has one of the most fabulous voices.
Secondly, Alex Jenning. You forget you are listening to Alex Jenning, which is a sign of a truly great actor, when you forget who the actor is (like David Suchet on TV). His characterisations are excellent.
Combine the two and you have a joy of an audio book. I hadn't realised how funny Trollope was until listening the complete series.
So, if you want to dip your toe into the "classics" pond, this would be a good one to start on.
"engaging and delightful"
This dramatisation of Barchester Towers makes you want to go back to a world where things seem so much simpler.
"it just doesn't come across as a vivid listen"
Prefectly competent but it just seems to be all one one emotional level and it doesn't grip me like the rest of my audible books do. I was really looking fowrads to it as a very humourous book. Would love any tis on which bits are more lively than the opening chapters.
"both brilliant and boring"
Truly superb cast performance, but I don't think I have ever listened to anything this excruciatingly boring.
"The Complete Barchester Chronicles"
It was boring as hell
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