Chronicles of Barsetshire
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    The Warden | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden

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    Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes, the story centres on Mr Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity who is nevertheless in possession of an income from a charity far in excess of the sum devoted to it.

    a delight

    A charming story--witty and insightful. Beautifully read as well. This novel is a perfect introduction to Trollop's works and to the world of Barche..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 22 2008 by Janet (Albany, CA, USA)
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    The Warden: Timothy West Version | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden: Timothy West Version

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    The first novel 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.

    The Old Man & His Terrific and Single Daughter

    Along with some romance, this is a broadside of satire directed at the gentlemen of the press and of the law. Anthony Trollope beards the lion in its ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 30 2009 by Joseph R (Dry Prong, LA, USA)
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    The Warden | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden

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    Anthony Trollope's classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.

    Delightful Reading of Trollope

    I had always intended to read Trollope and never quite made the time. Listening to this engaging narration by Simon Vance made such a pleasure possi..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 15 2007 by Larbi (Glen Ridge, NJ, USA)
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    The Warden | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden

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    Trollope's classic novel features Reverend Septimus Harding, the elderly warden of the Barchester alms-house. However, for a man devoting himself to helping the poor, Reverend Harding's salary is rather lucrative. Aiming to ease his conscience and quiet his neighbors' whispers, he decides to divest himself of all the income he earns at the alms-house. But this decision causes unforeseen complications. The first of his Barsetshire series, this novel provides a detailed, gently satirical portrayal of 19th century British life.

    The Warden

    This recording is almost impossible to understand. The sound quality is muffled and indistinct. The highest quality download is "2." I gave up trying ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 08 2005 by Speed Leas ()
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    The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1 | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1

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    Loved and appreciated by all with whom he works, Harding lives an ordered, regular life in his protected religious environment. Then one day, a young reformer feels he has uncovered a mismanagement of funds and Harding is held to blame. The accusation comes as a shock not only to Harding himself but also to the cathedral community. It then comes to wider notice when the cause is taken up by a national newspaper.

    I kept waiting for something to happen

    The plot, such as it was, proceeded at a glacial pace, particularly in the beginning. Perhaps someone who appreciates the beauty of language as much a..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 01 2016 by Joan ()
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    The Warden | Anthony Trollope

    The Warden

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    Anthony Trollope’s The Warden was the first of Trollope’s hugely successful Barchester Chronicles, appearing in 1855 and reversing the rather unfortunate sales of his previous three novels. It concerns the story of Mr. Septimus Harding, Warden of Hiram's Hospital almshouses and Precentor of Barchester Cathedral.

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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

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    Barchester Towers, Trollope's most popular novel, is the second of the six Chronicles of Barsetshire. Trollope continues the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr Harding and his daughter Eleanor.

    comfortable listening

    This is my favorite of the <i>Chronicles of Barsetshire</i>. If someone had told me six months ago that I'd ever even pick up a Trollope novel, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 13 2008 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

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    Barchester Towers is the second of six in the series known as Chronicles of Barsetshire. Narrator Timothy West brings life to the story, begun in The Warden, of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor. It chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester after one Bishop dies and a new one is selected. The rather incompetent new Bishop, Dr. Proudie, led by his formidable wife, and ambitious chaplain, Mr. Slope, begin to create turmoil with their desire to shake up the church establishment.

    Read The Warden first

    I would urge the reader to consider reading the first book in the Barchester series --The Warden--before reading this one. Although one could read Ba..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 30 2008 by Janet (Albany, CA, USA)
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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

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    This magnificent novel, sequel to The Warden and second in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, satirizes the struggle for ascendancy among the clergy of a cathedral city. The contest is between the outgoing church authorities led by Archdeacon Grantly and the newcomers led by Mrs. Proudie and her protégé, the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope. Each wishes to become the dominant voice in the quiet diocese of Barchester, and they contend for the newly vacant post of warden of Hiram's Hospital.

    Entertaining

    Decided to read this book to fulfill my pledge to myself to read some classic literature. It very quickly turned into one of the most entertaining of ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 26 2007 by Marv Klinger ()
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    Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers

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    First, a warning: If you haven’t read any Trollope, start with The Warden; it’s the first in a series of which Barchester is second. Next, a rather shocking warning: Trollope may be as addictive as a soap opera.

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    Barchester Towers, Book 2 | Anthony Trollope

    Barchester Towers, Book 2

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    Barchester Towers, the sequel to The Warden, is the second novel in Trollope's major series, the Chronicles of Barsetshire. It focuses on the power struggle between Archdeacon Grantly, Mr. Slope and the Proudies as they fight for control of the diocese of Barchester. Meanwhile, another struggle is taking place for the heart of Eleanor Bold. Who will win her? The vile Mr. Slope, the idling Bertie Stanhope or someone else entirely?

    Gentle comedy, good company

    The wry and quiet comedy. Trollope is very charitable to his characters and I love the 19th century language. It is like a vacation from our vulgar ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 06 2015 by jdukuray (Seattle, WA United States)
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    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope

    Doctor Thorne

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    • By Anthony Trollope
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    Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes.

    Delightful Discovery

    Despite many years of reading, this is my first encounter with Anthony Trollope. What a delight! The writing is a blend between Jane Austen and PG W..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 20 2009 by Susan (Danbury, CT, USA)
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    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope

    Doctor Thorne

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    • By Anthony Trollope
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    Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.

    Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production.

    The story is great, if you like Anthony Trollope -- and I love him. The announcer is great, if you like Simon Vance (and how can you not?). But, of al..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2010 by Cristina (Somerville, MA, United States)
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    Dr Thorne: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3 | Anthony Trollope

    Dr Thorne: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3

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    It tells the tale of Frank Gresham and Mary Thorne, a couple intent on marriage despite their conflicting social backgrounds. Frank is engaged in a fierce battle with his family as his mother vehemently opposes the marriage and pushes him to marry a wealthy heiress; however, Frank shuns her attempts and is determined to accept Mary on her own terms.

    Trollope and a worthy narrator

    What can I say, Trollope is fantastic. Parker really brings these to life, shame the book had to end

    Reviewed on October 06 2016 by Ollie (helsinki, Finland)
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    Doctor Thorne | Anthony Trollope

    Doctor Thorne

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    This charming novel, one of Trollope's most popular, is full of love and laughter. Will Frank Gresham, heir to an impoverished estate, marry penniless Mary Thorne despite the protests of all of his family? Should Doctor Thorne divulge a secret that may make all of the difference?

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    Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope

    Framley Parsonage

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    • By Anthony Trollope
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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.

    "Is the Game Worth the Gamble?"

    Timothy West did a great narration bringing out all of Trollope's subtle humor, sly jabs, the winks and nods. Lawyers, newspapermen, financers and chu..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 08 2010 by Joseph R (Dry Prong, LA, USA)
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    Framley Parsonage | Anthony Trollope

    Framley Parsonage

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    • By Anthony Trollope
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    Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark, in a moment of weakness, agrees to, even though he knows the man is a notorious debtor; it brings Mark to the brink of ruin.

    Doesn't disappoint

    Hooray for Audible for adding this and Doctor Thorne to their library. Simon Vance does a nice job reading. If you are new to Trollope, you are bett..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 27 2007 by Herv J. Peairs (Massachusetts, USA)
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    Framley Parsonage: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4 | Anthony Trollope

    Framley Parsonage: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4

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    In Framley Parsonage, the fourth novel of Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire, the author leaves the confines of Barchester and looks to the countryside, where he relates the moral difficulties of Mark Robarts, the young clergyman who has recently been appointed Vicar of Framley. Desperate to keep up with the local aristocracy, the country parson is persuaded to underwrite the debts of Sowerby, a well-respected peer.

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  • 5
    The Small House At Allington | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House At Allington

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    The spirited Lily Dale, who longs to be loved, is devastated when her fiancé, the self-interested Adolphus Crosbie, jilts her for the aristocratic Lady Alexandrina. Although heartbroken, Lily still loves Crosbie and believes she must remain single despite him being unworthy of her affections. Even when the more deserving John Eame, presents himself she is still unable to see past her feelings for Crosbie. Meanwhile, Lily's sister Bell is also under pressure to marry for money, not for love.

    Timothy West is perfect for Trollope!

    I thought Simon Vance was a good narrator for Trollope, but Timothy West is better. I could, and did, listen to this one for hours at a time, and then..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 22 2009 by Tad Davis (Philadelphia, PA USA)
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    The Small House at Allington | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House at Allington

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    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.

    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 wi..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 04 2008 by Kathleen (New York, NY, USA)
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    The Small House at Allington: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 5 | Anthony Trollope

    The Small House at Allington: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 5

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    The fifth novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire, The Small House at Allington, concerns the lives of the two Dale girls, Lily and Bell, who live at the Small House. While Bell is in love with the local doctor James Crofts, Lily is pursued by two men: the worldly, rich and handsome Adolphus Crosbie and the poor but honest Johnny Eames. With each determined to gain her hand in marriage, who will she choose?

    A great story and I will listen to it again!

    Just loved it and I wish the book did not stop there. Hoping there will be a next book so I can find out what happened to the main characters.
    Tha..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 22 2015 by Esther Juon Veitch ()
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    The Last Chronicle of Barset | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

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    In the last and most complex of the Barsetshire novels, many of Trollope's best-loved characters appear, but the mood of the novel is darker and more uneasy than in earlier volumes. At the heart of the novel is the penniless Reverend Josiah Crawley, first encountered in Framley Parsonage, who in the opening of the book is accused of theft, creating a public scandal that threatens to tear the community apart.

    The Clever Mr. Trollope

    This is one of the few Trollope novels I had not read. It re-introduces several characters from earlier Barchester Chronicles, wrapping up their story..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 17 2010 by Michele Kellett (Seattle, WA United States)
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    The Last Chronicle of Barset | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

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    This last novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series involves Mr. Crawley, the impoverished curate of Hogglestock, who is accused of theft when he uses a large check to pay off his debts. The scandal fiercely divides the citizens of Barsetshire and threatens to tear apart Mr. Crawley's family.

    Superb!

    Simon Vance brings the characters so vividly to life that you will begin to feel as if you know them as well as you do your friends and neighbors. The..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 19 2008 by Charles (United States)
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    The Last Chronicle of Barset, Parts 1 & 2 | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset, Parts 1 & 2

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    In the grand finale to the Barchester novels, the proud curate Mr. Crawley is accused of theft, and many familiar characters take sides. Bishop and Mrs. Proudie, Archdeacon and Mrs. Grantly, Reverend Harding, the Thornes, the Greshams, Lady Lufton, Johnny Eames, and Lily Dale are among those involved in this tale of pathos, intrigue, and love, which frequently leads to laughter.

    get the other one

    This narrator is awful. The book is Trollope's usual wonderfulness--get the one narrated by Simon Vance.

    Reviewed on January 06 2008 by H. Saunders ()
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    The Last Chronicle of Barset: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 6 | Anthony Trollope

    The Last Chronicle of Barset: Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 6

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    In The Last Chronicle of Barset, Trollope concludes his saga of ecclesiastical life. At the heart of the novel is the plight of Josiah Crawley, a proud, impoverished clergyman who faces difficult legal circumstances. Caught amid poverty, Josiah appears to have stolen a check and is forced to stand trial - despite the fact that he cannot remember its origins. To make matters worse, his daughter, Grace, desperately seeks the approval of Archdeacon Grantly, whose son she intends to marry.

    Wow! David Shaw-Parker

    I like Anthony Trollope novels. I like historical fiction, particularly of the.18th the 19th century period when the English language was still a thin..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 22 2017 by Reademandweep (LaLaLand)