Regular price: $31.47

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

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.

Lily has long been unsuccessfully wooed by John Eames, a junior clerk at the Income Tax Office. The handsome and personable Adolphus Crosbie looks like an enticing alternative, but Adolphus has his eye on the rigid Lady Alexandrina de Courcy, whose family is in a position to further his career. Bell, meanwhile, must choose between the local doctor, James Crofts, and her wealthy cousin, Bernard.

Listen to the classics: download more of Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire.
(P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    111
  • 4 Stars
    60
  • 3 Stars
    21
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    67
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    52
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall

Ahhh!

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!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

One of Trollope's best

I have enjoyed most of Trollope's books, but his sense of humor truly shines through in this book. The characters in this book demonstrate how easy it is for people to misunderstand each other and reveals all of the pain and joy of passing from the awkward stage of a young adult into adulthood along with all of the bad choices that can be made along the way. The painful emergence of John Eames from what Trollope calls his "hobbledehoyhood" is beautifully depicted.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Linda
  • Bay Shore, NY, United States
  • 12-02-07

If you love Pride and Prejudice

Get this book now. It's pure pleasure from beginning to end, with one of the best narrators I've ever heard. Engaging, suspenseful and full of humor and tenderness, "The Small House at Allington" is GREAT.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Trollope packs a whollop

Outstanding. After having listened to "The Warden," I purchased this novel---slightly out of chronological order, but no matter. The characters come alive through the language and the narrator's versatility with different voices. What a pleasure, and it's very long, so it just keeps delighting, hour after hour. I have decided, on the basis of these two books, to read/listen to everything ever written by Trollope. I hope that will keep me busy for a few years.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Peggie
  • Lansing, KS, United States
  • 11-04-09

Delightful, Fresh

The Small House at Arlington will go down as one of my favorites. The language throughout the book is beautiful and the reader is very good. It's one of those books that you simply want to savor every moment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The Adventures of a Hobbledehoy

I’ve said it before—and I’m about to say it again. Listening to Simon Vance read Anthony Trollope is a delight. The saga of Barsetshire continues, this time in a novel which, of the five I’m now familiar with, has the greatest number of loose ends. It feels very much like a length of tapestry cut from a much broader composition (yes, I know, they all are; but this one has the least sense of resolution).

Maybe it’s the fact that by the final pages our hero (a self-confessed hobbledehoy) doesn’t end up with everything he wants (while some more minor characters do); maybe it’s because the introduction of Mr. Plantagenet Palliser hints at the next series of six novels. Whatever the reason, the sense of incompleteness, of stepping on the last stair only to find that it isn’t there, adds to the novel’s—I was about to write “realism”, but that’s its own school—so I will fall back on “true-to-life-ness”. While some of the Barsetshire books could be read on their own, I believe this one benefits from the broader setting of the four novels that precede it. And, I presume, the one that follows.

As usual with Trollope, there’s the sense of a man who likes people, enjoys telling a story, and tells a story that, even when dealing with the seamier side of society, can make you smile (ironically or sarcastically, but still, a smile). Along the way there are many telling observations about us human beings; how we lie to each other and to ourselves, how we mature—or fail to do so. I think what I enjoy most about Trollope is that his “good” characters are never wholly good and his “bad” characters are never through-and-through bad—not even the self-misguided Adolphus Crosbie or that manipulative semi-siren, Amelia Roper. We see wealth and poverty—and the poverty of those supposed by the world to be wealthy. But we don’t get preached at about either one. Trollope takes life as most of us do—as it comes. There is a lighter touch, a defter hand at work here than say, Dickens.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Cariola
  • Chambersburg, PA USA
  • 01-31-08

Delightful

This is the first Trollope novel I've read, and I found it charming. I will definitely be looking for more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Fiona
  • Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 01-19-12

excellent narrator

It's an engaging story but is made excellent by the narrator, He gives a voice to each character.

  • Overall
  • Shannon
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 11-14-09

Well written, but unsatisfying

I have to say, after reading previous reviews of this book, I expected to find myself extremely satisfied at the conclusion of it. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Trollope's writing is hard to find fault with, and Vance's narration is well done (although, I am not particularly crazy about many of his female voices). I've concluded that it's the story itself that left me wanting. Although there were a few moments when I found I had tears in my eyes, there were also many moments of tedium, with in-depth narratives about charachters and their situations that had little-to-nothing to do with the main characters. I held out hope that perhaps, in the end, I would understand why much of this was included, but to no avail. The ending was also extremely unsatisfying to me; in fact, I honestly asked myself, out loud, "You're kidding me; that's it?!?!" Although I prefer happy endings, I am content if everything is at least tied up neatly at the conclusion, which it wasn't for me here. Perhaps, if there was a second part to continue this story, it would have left me with a settled feeling of completion. Bummer for me!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

My wife's favorite book

A great story, well written, entertaining, and insightful. Great reader, and my wife and I highly recommend this book!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Philadelphus
  • 03-01-08

Oh for a better reading

I have been listening to Simon Vance's eccentricities with Trollope only for the want of an alternative - 1950's accents, completely wrong accents for some characters and frequently a perversity against the text. Please get us Timothy West!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Catriona
  • 07-28-08

worth listening too

Another reviewer complains about the voice of the reader. Generally I did not find it intrusive, although I felt that his attempts to distinguish the voices of the women were somewhat overdone.
I have never managed to get beyone the first few chapters when reading Trollope and enjoyed being able to go through the whole book.
It may be better to start earlier in the chronicles as there was a sub-plot that was completely divorced from the rest of the story and presumably links in elsewhere. In addition it became apparent that the story does not end here, so the listener does have to be prepared to commit the time to another book.
Trollope's asides to the reader may take up considerable time in listening and would, I think, be edited out these days, but are quite fascinating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful