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Publisher's Summary

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The first of six in Trollope's series of the Chronicles of Barsetshire introducing the fictional cathedral town of Barchester and the characters of Septimus Harding, the Warden, and his son-in-law Archdeacon Grantly.

The Warden concerns the moral dilemma of the conscientious 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.

His daughter's suitor, John Bold, is a political radical and passionate reformer who launches a campaign against Harding's management of the financial affairs of the charity, thus shattering the atmosphere of the once tranquil town of Barchester. The scandal is not improved when Harding's indelicate son-in-law, Archdeacon Grantly, leaps to his defence.

The audiobook is a charming social comedy and love story that portrays life in an English cathedral town whilst looking at the larger social and political issues.

The Warden was Trollope's first literary success which paved the way for him to later leave his career as a Post Office Inspector and become a prolific and much-respected author of the Victorian era. He eventually published 47 novels, many of which are still popular and well-loved today due to their timeless quality and parallels with contemporary society.

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 theatrical credits include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, and The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), and the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC).

Public Domain ©2008 BBC Audiobooks LTD; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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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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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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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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Pure pleasure

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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As timely today as it was in the 1800s.

What did you love best about The Warden: Timothy West Version?

A splendid story, with splendid narration. Utterly enchanting from beginning to end. Trollope is timeless. No one wrote with more wit, understanding, and capacity about both politics and religion.

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

The archdeacon was done to perfection.

What about Timothy West’s performance did you like?

Everything.

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

Impossible to do so with Trollope! This is a book meant to be savored, and listened to again and again.

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Genius read by Genius

Would you consider the audio edition of The Warden: Timothy West Version to be better than the print version?

Reading a book is always better than listening to it. No question. But who has the time? I am thrilled to have discovered Audible.com because now I can go through the whole of the world's great literature - while I am doing other things I have to do! In the case of Trollpe read by Timothy West, it doesn't get much better than this.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Trollope's intelligent, natural dialogue. And of course his humor, and his morality.

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

West is a great actor, absolutely superlative.

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

Goodness and Folly

Any additional comments?

Not really. I'd love to have longer, better poetry selections to choose from. Josef Brodsky, Anna Akhmatova, Baudelaire. WITHOUT music and commentary!Thank you.

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 03-03-15

My First Anthony Trollope

And possibly my last, although I must say I really enjoyed this one. The plot is kind of silly, as are the characters, but the writing style is superb and made me want to keep listening.

I picked the Timothy West version after studying the reviews of the various narrators and I was not disappointed - he gave a splendid performance. I did notice the long pauses at the ends of the chapters (someone else mentioned) but this was not a problem for me.

I will probably look for another Anthony Trollope book next time I need a break from my usual murder mysteries.

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