Chronicles of Barsetshire

25 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130 ratings

The Warden Publisher's Summary

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.
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  • Book 1

    • The Warden

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Nigel Hawthorne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a delight

    • By Janet on 12-22-08

    Regular price: $16.52

    • The Warden: Timothy West Version

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 468
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 384
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 377

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Old Man & His Terrific and Single Daughter

    • By Joseph R on 08-30-09

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Warden

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 162

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful Reading of Trollope

    • By Larbi on 09-15-07

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Warden

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Margaret Hilton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The Warden

    • By Speed Leas on 03-08-05

    Regular price: $35.70

    • The Warden - Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 1

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 46

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I kept waiting for something to happen

    • By Joan on 10-01-16

    Regular price: $29.39

    • The Warden

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Edward Fox
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 2

    • Barchester Towers

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • comfortable listening

    • By connie on 03-13-08

    Regular price: $21.68

    • Barchester Towers

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 458
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 374
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 369

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Read The Warden first

    • By Janet on 12-30-08

    Regular price: $24.51

    • Barchester Towers

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Give Trollope a try

    • By Joseph on 08-17-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Barchester Towers, Book 2

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
    • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gentle comedy, good company

    • By jdukuray on 11-06-15

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Barchester Towers

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Margaret Hilton
    • Length: 21 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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.

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 3

    • Doctor Thorne

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 513
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 394
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful Discovery

    • By Susan on 05-20-09

    Regular price: $27.71

    • Doctor Thorne

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 351
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production.

    • By cristina on 10-12-10

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Dr Thorne

    • Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 3
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
    • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Trollope and a worthy narrator

    • By Ollie on 10-06-16

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Doctor Thorne

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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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?

    Regular price: $30.09

  • Book 4

    • Framley Parsonage

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "Is the Game Worth the Gamble?"

    • By Joseph R on 01-08-10

    Regular price: $24.51

    • Framley Parsonage

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Doesn't disappoint

    • By Herv J. Peairs on 06-27-07

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Framley Parsonage

    • Chronicles of Barsetshire, Book 4
    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
    • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not to be missed

    • By Grete on 01-30-18

    Regular price: $38.49

  • Book 5

    • The Small House At Allington

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Timothy West
    • Length: 23 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 383
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 278

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timothy West is perfect for Trollope!

    • By Tad Davis on 05-22-09

    Regular price: $27.71

    • The Small House at Allington

    • By: Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ahhh!

    • By Kathleen on 01-04-08

    Regular price: $31.47

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