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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chronicles of Barsetshire Release Date:
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This magnificent sequel to The Warden satirizes the struggle for ascendancy among the clergy of a cathedral city as they contend for each newly vacant post within the archdiocese. The contest for power is between Archdeacon Grantly and his followers, who favor high-church tendencies, and the new bishop and his followers, with their distinctly low-church preferences. Speaking loudly and cleverly for the latter is the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope, championed by Mrs. Proudie and the newcomers. Each wishes to become the dominant voice in the quiet diocese of Barchester, but their antics, including romantic ones, reveal that their priorities are more social and political than spiritual or moral. Their intrigues and misunderstandings entwine through the lives of many memorable characters and provide a humorous backdrop for an exploration of the clash between old and new ways in Victorian England.

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  • “The subject is so fresh and the representation so vivid...we are left to wonder that more has not long ago been made of such promising materials.”


  • “The Warden was a remarkable book; Barchester Towers is still more remarkable.”


  • Barchester Towers is a very clever book.”

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  • “Delicious…[filled with] memorable and entertaining people whose exploits listeners will follow with glee…Vance is a highly talented reader, as comfortable with the author’s more subtle use of sarcasm as with his broad sense of the ridiculous. He gives each character a unique voice and sounds like he’s enjoying himself into the bargain. Well done!”


  • “Trollope once said, ‘In the writing of Barchester Towers I took great delight.’ The listener gathers that, in the reading of it, Simon Vance also takes great delight. Obviously, he relishes impersonating the dramatis personae…he delivers the fustian narrative with particular fluidity, verve, and grace.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura | 2/19/2014

    " Available at BBC Radio 7. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Huntley Cooney | 2/13/2014

    " Great fun and a nice antidote to the internet and instant communication. Allen and I had a nice conversation about the effects of instant communication on decision making after I finished the book. In this novel the dean of the cathedral dies and there is a period of at least a couple of weeks before the choice of the new dean is made. This is partly because all those who need to participate in the decision making aren't within quick reach. Therefore, there is time for discussion, decisions, reversals of decisions, new decisions, etc. until it all works out satisfactorily in the end. It seems that the time for decision making in our society has shrunk in accordance with the time needed for communicating. In the novel a week or two is not too long to receive news; for us a couple of hours makes us feel out of the loop. I wonder if that's a good thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by aime | 2/1/2014

    " Hilarious - Trollope at his most comic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by R.A. Spratt | 1/22/2014

    " One day when I was bemoaning the fact that Jane Austen was dead and she had written so few books, all of which I had read many many times, my husband suggested I should try reading Trollope. It was a brilliant suggestion. He is an excellent romance novellist. But because his books are considered classics, you need have not shame and can openly read them on the train (not that I ever catch the train, because I rarely leave the house). I started reading the Barchester Chronicles with this book which was probably a mistake because the first book in the series is 'The Warden', but I found it to be a perfectly good place to start. The subject matter is probably more interesting to me than many people because my family has a long association with bellringing, which is an example of the type of 'popery' that many of the characters are trying to do away with (an issue that is still ongoing today). As an author I was very influenced by the conversation way that Trollope directly addresses the reader. "

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