Castle Richmond

Narrated by: David Beed
Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
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"Castle Richmond" (1860) is a novel by Anthony Trollope. It is set in southwestern Ireland at beginning of the Irish famine. Castle Richmond is situated on the banks of the Blackwater River in County Cork. The plot features the competition of two Protestant cousins of English origin, Owen and Herbert Fitzgerald, for the hand of Clara Desmond, the noble but impoverished daughter of the widowed Countess of Desmond, providing the novel’s principal dramatic interest.

"Castle Richmond" was the first of several novels by Trollope in which bigamy played an important role. The Irish famine and efforts by authorities to mitigate its effects are the subject of many scenes and the object of abundant commentary throughout. The famine also occasions more explicit religious commentary than is typical in novels by Trollope.

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Strange Wonderful Recording

Maybe i've entirely romanticized this recording but I was completely charmed by its lack of polish. I got the impression that the narrator did his work at home, perhaps for no or little money, and sometimes near an open window. Seagulls can be heard. A song bird can be heard. A cat mews. I loved it all.

The novel itself I found not as satisfying as the dozens of other Trollope novels I've listened to. The love story is great but it sits uncomfortably next to material about the Irish potato famine. I was glad I read it, though. And my hat's off to the narrator who did a great job seemingly without a producer.

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Another Great Anthony Trollope story

Typical of all his books, this one winds and weaves through the Irish country side during the time of the great potato famine. Didn't care much for the narrator, I found his voice annoying and it kept changing from one chapter to the next - sometimes in mid-paragraph....strange. Any you could hear sea gulls and children's conversations in the background. But the story is wonderful. I just wish they could have gotten Simon Vance to read it.

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Great Story, Poorly read

Another great story, but the performance left alot to be desired. There ws background noise, mistakes in reading, the reader stumbled in his lines several times.

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Recording is mediocre

There is audible background noise-from birds chirping to a cat meowing. This is also one of the few trollope books that leave a lot left to be desired.