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The Warden: Timothy West Version Audiobook

The Warden: Timothy West Version

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Publisher's Summary

The first of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the Reverend Septimus Harding, who finds himself at the centre of a bitter conflict between defenders of Church privilege and the reformers of the mid-Victorian period.

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    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 04-25-12
    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2016

    Blue Dome Mimi

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    "Enjoyable story!"

    This is a beautifully written story, reminding us once again how easily things can go wrong, even when we're minding our own business, thinking we're living good lives. Not only is the warden a good man, but he does everything he can to make up for the wrong he's accused of doing, In some way, he's the "everyman" who is going about his life in the best way he can, when someone else comes along and spoils it. Intertwined relationships only send the suspense higher. I enjoyed listening to this story partly because the narrator is excellent. I'll be looking for other books by Timothy West, and I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys authors like Anthony Trollope. I'm going to listen to all the Barchester Towers series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 01-16-17
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 01-16-17 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "Delightful Little Book"

    This is a nice, peaceful little book where not much happens but where you come to love the characters dearly. Trollope can make a chapter on a character stalling and wasting a day in London delightful and interesting though nothing really happens. The narration is wonderful.
    I plan to continue on with the Barchester series and with this same narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    tom san diego, ca, United States 02-17-15
    tom san diego, ca, United States 02-17-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "trollope and timothy west at their best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Warden: Timothy West Version to be better than the print version?

    I was an English major and hadn't a clue when i read Trollope. Partly a problem of youth, no doubt. But a good reader always teaches me more about a novel than a lecture. Viva Timothy West!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warden: Timothy West Version?

    Grantley's set to with his wife in their dressing chamber!


    Have you listened to any of Timothy West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes! they're all divinely inspired.


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

    "Listen to West's reading!"


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Trollope, thanks West, thanks Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-23-13 Member Since 2015

    Dozysparks

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    "The Warden"
    Would you listen to The Warden: Timothy West Version again? Why?

    Would absolutely listen to it again, a wonderful story about mid Victorian life in an English Cathedral city..


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Warden: Timothy West Version?

    Too many to count, was all great.. Sadness at the ending was well written and performed..


    Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favorite?

    Loved the way it was all done but he made the Rev. Harding so much like I'd picture him, he made him seem really sympathetic and a truly Christian man..


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's long but yes I would.. Love it so much and am slowly getting the rest of the Barsetshire Chronicles as audiobooks read by Timothy West..


    Any additional comments?

    Nothing except I have found a new classic author to love :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roya San Ramon, CA, United States 12-26-11
    Roya San Ramon, CA, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Period Piece with Relevance for Today"
    Would you try another book from Anthony Trollope and/or Timothy West?

    I would like to read the rest of The Chronicles of Barsetshire The characters are interesting and the story and issues have relevance to current events. Although this book is fairly short, it was a bit long-winded, and I found that I had to listen carefully to capture all the nuances.


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    Cat L. 12-29-16
    Cat L. 12-29-16
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    "An absolute delight - and wonderful performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Warden: Timothy West Version to be better than the print version?

    Not better, just equally excellent. Although, if you are not used to reading 19th-century literature, perhaps the audio would make the text slightly more accessible. Timothy West's performance hit all the right notes and he really gets the wry humour of Trollope. Just a delightful performance. I'm so glad I chose his version over some of the other narrators available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Warden, of course. How could one not fall in love with West's version of him as a gentle, kindly man? Although as performed by West, the Archdeacon was great fun as well.


    What does Timothy West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, as mentioned above, I think Mr West understands Trollope, who infuses his social insights with the most deliciously wry and gentle sense of humor. West's reading also sounds completely natural in its delivery and I believe this could make the prose seem less stilted to an unaccustomed 21st-century ear.


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

    An irrelevant question.


    Any additional comments?

    I noticed in reading through Trollope reviews that some listeners complained that "nothing happened." Well, yes, exactly. This is c19 literature, not Die Hard. It's gentle and subtle and witty and, dare I say it, slow, It luxuriates in the minutiae of daily life. If that's not appealing to you, there are hundreds of thousands of other books out there. But know going in, these are small stories about daily life from a brilliant author born 200 years ago. They are quiet and leisurely and free from murders, terrorist organizations, bombs and rapid plot developments. To be treated to a performance of one of these gems as delivered to us by a classically-trained actor such as Mr West is, to me, one of life's small yet great pleasures.

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    R. C. Cardona 07-17-16

    Audible obsessed! Listening to books since 2002.... Wow! I own 239 titles in my Audible library.

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    "Great Story... but...."

    This narrator has a tendency of practically whispering female characters then booming the male characters. I must have missed some dialogue due to this. But I still can't wait to start the next book.

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    L. Brown Emeryville, CA 02-17-16
    L. Brown Emeryville, CA 02-17-16 Member Since 2015

    NYC editor 25 years.

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    "Good literature"

    I am a historical romance reader, but decided to take a chances on
    Trollop. Wow! I had forgotten the pleasure of good literature.
    The character development, the perfectly crafted story, the command of the English language all make for a stellar reading / listening experience

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    Anthony Giles 07-15-15
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    "a delight"

    My first Trollope. Really a treat - his observations of types that continue to this day is wonderful. The story drags a little in the last quarter or so, but it's a wonderful, knowing, humane book, and West's narration is truly incredible. He hits that perfect middle ground between simply reading and acting where appropriate.

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    Michael M Stewart 03-08-15
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    I have not met Mr Trollope but I'm sure he would approve of Mr West. How does he do it?

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    I really don't care about his 800 a year. So so so so so so so boring. Enough words yet?

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