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  • Framley Parsonage

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark, in a moment of weakness, agrees to, even though he knows the man is a notorious debtor; it brings Mark to the brink of ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't disappoint

  • By Herv J. Peairs on 06-27-07

A triumph!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-09

Simon Vance reads flawlessly, evoking each of the many characters through subtle accents and various inflections. You could not ask for better. And the story is, as Trollope's always are, full of the human circus and all its foibles. Is it possible to tire of Trollope? I haven't yet. Poignant and laugh aloud funny, with endlessly recognizable characters, full of pride, love, greed, hope, asininity, clearsightedness, you name it. You're included. Everyone gets their just rewards, or punishment, and all the fun is getting there. One of the best.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Our Mutual Friend

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By A. Millard on 11-13-07

Just wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-08

This wonderful, complex and utterly engaging novel almost defies retelling. Some of Dickens' favorite themes are again in evidence, but his characters are unfailingly dimensional, psychologically believable, and often hilarious. The plot thickens and thickens but the master storyteller never leaves a loose end. The reading is superb, a work of art in itself, and full of subtle vocal nuances that make each character memorable. And the reader's pacing is just right. You will absolutely not be disappointed, unless this level of make believe is not your cuppa.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Small House at Allington

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The Small House at Allington introduces Trollope's charming heroine, Lily Dale, to the Barsetshire scene. Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor living in the main house on his property at Allington. He has loaned an adjacent small house rent free to his widowed sister-in-law and her daughters, Lily and Bell. But the relations between the two houses are strained, affecting the romantic entanglements of the girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahhh!

  • By Kathleen on 01-04-08

Ahhh!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-08

Here's a story to sink into and lose yourself for hours and hours. Trollope was one of the great early psychologists. His characters are brimming with life, pride, longing, courage and foolishness, and the effect of so many lives overlapping and colliding is mesmerizing. This is an old-fashioned story, and once in motion it seems unfair that it must end. Pitch-perfect reading. Go for it!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students. The scandalously outspoken Miss Brodie makes big waves in the conservative Scottish school, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • creme de la creme

  • By Kathleen on 01-04-08

creme de la creme

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-08

Ms. May delivers this classic with her usual nuanced precision, moving between voices, young and old, male and female, high born and low, flawlessly. Though you may have read this book years ago, it has surprises on re-reading. It is a tale of complex characters that leaves you divided in your sympathies. This is a short novel that has stood the test of time and Ms. May's expert narration is theatre for the ear.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful