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Framley Parsonage Audiobook

Framley Parsonage

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In the fourth audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, the values of a Victorian gentleman, the young clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Though he lives a comfortable life, has a doting wife, children and a patroness in Lady Lufton, his ambitions stretch beyond the little village of Framley. Through a combination of naivety and social climbing, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of financial and social ruin by the disreputable politician, Sowerby.

Meanwhile, a romance develops between Mark's younger sister, Lucy, and Lady Lufton's son. He proposes, but the marriage is firmly opposed by his mother. Lucy recognises the difference in their social positions, which forces her to reject Lord Lufton's proposal unless his mother asks her to accept him.

Working with the prose of one of the most successful and respected English novelists of the Victorian era, narrator Timothy West captures Trollope's customary humour, offsetting the drama of the tale with great compassion. Like all in the Barsetshire series, it is an extraordinarily evocative picture of everyday life in 19th-century England that delves deep into the social issues of the time.

Narrator Biography

Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial.

Timothy West's theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC); Last Tango in Halifax; Bleak House, Bedtime and Brass.

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    Naomi BRONX, NY, United States 01-15-12
    Naomi BRONX, NY, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Not the best of the Barchesters, but still good"

    Residents at Framley Parsonage include the Parson, Mark Robarts, a young man on his way up; his loyal and sensible wife Fanny; and his younger sister Lucy who falls in love with Lord Ludovic Lufton, the local aristocracy. So, once again, we read of the difficulties posed when a high-born young man and a commoner fall in love. Once again, the marriage is opposed by the young man's mother. But Lady Lufton is a far more complex and sympathetic character than Lady Arabella Gresham of "Dr Thorne." She is indeed someone who wants to be in control, but she also acts out of love for her son and a very conventional sense of what is right in society. We watch as she thinks through the implications of her demands, changes her mind, forgives, and accepts. Trollope treats her with sensitivity and we watch and listen, as she develops and changes over time.

    Another interesting and complex character is Mr Sowerby, an old reprobate, who manipulates Mark Robarts into financial embarassment. Minor plots re-introduce some of our old acquaintances from other novels in the Barchester series: the Grantlys, Miss Dunstable (who marries the man of her dreams), and Mrs Proudie, who is, I'm sure, far more fun to read about than to have known in person.

    As in the previous installments of this series, Trollope shows himself to be a master of creating characters who come to life on the page (or in the ear), even if the plot is something of a rehash.

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    Kellie Winona Lake, IN, United States 04-25-11
    Kellie Winona Lake, IN, United States 04-25-11
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    "Fun to read"

    One of my favorite things about Trollope is his ability to make you squirm. You care about the characters so much that the reaction to their predicaments is physical. Thankfully, he always brings things right in the end, with lessons learned by all. It may not be realistic, but, boy, is it fun to read!

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    JoAnn Garner 10-28-15
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    "Stinging Insight into Rural English Life"
    What made the experience of listening to Framley Parsonage the most enjoyable?

    The character development and author's insight into and wit about the impact of social order on those with money and power, like the church and landowners; and those without, or who did not follow the social rules.


    What other book might you compare Framley Parsonage to and why?

    I recommend the entire series for those who enjoy character development stories about this period of English social and religious order.


    What about Timothy West’s performance did you like?

    He is excellent with all ages and characters. Tone of his voice is also very pleasing to listener.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Inside view into 1800 English church and rural social order.


    Any additional comments?

    book is informing and funny and sad all at the same time. Sad to be at the bottom of the social order, funny to hear the games played, and intriguing in character development as their stories/lives unwind in their little community.

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    Terry 07-14-15
    Terry 07-14-15
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    "Loved it."

    Beautifully read. Engaging characters. A.m. Enjoying listening too the whole of the Barsetshire Chronicles in order.

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    Isobel M. Shapiro 03-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Timothy West and Trollope"

    Timothy West's reading of Trollope is exemplary. I have thoroughly enjoyed being transported back to the doings of the Barchester diocese with Mr. West as my companion.

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    Kimberly N. Tarver Owings Mills, MD, United States 09-11-12
    Kimberly N. Tarver Owings Mills, MD, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "If you like Trollope novels ..."

    You won't be disappointed by Framley Parsonage. I found it a bit slower start than other stories in the Barchester/Barseter series (I have read all 6), but eventually it picks up and presents the familiar Trollope chronicle of behind the scene clashes in ecclesiastical societies, including the clash of piety vs. prosperity among clerics. It also continues Trollope's theme of the triumph of true love over class. Trollope's books give a good fictional account of the breakdown in the British class structure even as that structure extended to the Church of England. I have enjoyed them all! Timothy West truly adds to the pleasure of the novel making the audio experience much richer than the printed books (which I have also read). He is perfect for Trollope's novels!

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    Jean 08-15-12
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    "Another Trollope winner"
    What made the experience of listening to Framley Parsonage the most enjoyable?

    Timothy West makes all of Trollope's books special. As long as they are, he is such a professional in making every page and every voice interesting.


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    COOKIE 02-11-17
    COOKIE 02-11-17
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    "AGAIN!!"

    Love the author, narrator, story line. This is the 5th book in the series. The books string together nicely.
    highly recommend the series!

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