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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (808 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: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455187706
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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--despite knowing the man is a notorious debtor--and which brings him to the brink of ruin. He must face the awful reality this loss will bring his family.

Meanwhile, Mark’s sister, Lucy, is deeply in love with Lord Lufton, the son of the lofty Lady Lufton. Lord Lufton has proposed, but Lady Lufton is against the marriage, preferring that her son choose the coldly beautiful Griselda Grantly.

The novel will conclude with four happy marriages, including one involving Doctor Thorne, the hero of the preceding book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series.

One of Trollope's most popular novels, Framely Parsonage depicts nineteenth-century country life beautifully, crafted with acute insight into human nature. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I wish Mr. Trollope would go on writing Framley Parsonage forever. I don’t see any reason why it should ever come to an end, and everyone I know is always dreading the last number.”

    Author Elizabeth Gaskell to George Smith, publisher of the Cornhill, March 1, 1860

  • “The story is thoroughly English, and is told with a tremendous exuberance—particularly in its depiction of the ointment heiress Martha Dunstable—which betrays the author's joy in finding himself once more in the environs of Barchester.”

    Antonia Fraser

  • “Nothing is out of place in Framley Parsonage. Harold Smith’s politics, Sowerby’s rascalities, the social pleasures of the Chaldicotes set, the dinner party of the Duke of Omnium, belong to the central themes as truly as the diseases and penury of the Crawleys or the ointment of Lebanon of Miss Dunstable.”

    Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/25/2014

    " So hard to select my favorite among the Barset novels (it's a 5-way tie for first, with House at Allington in lone 6th); this is another winner. Beautifully told, intimate and expert handling of the human experience, even more than a century after their writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 1/15/2014

    " While I won't give this a three star review since I like Trollope, I do think it's my least favorite in the series so far. Maybe because there was a bit too much politics in it. It's funny--I can handle the politics of the cathedral and everything but the references to who's supporting who, what party is in or out, etc, just bored me, even though he couched it humorously in terms of the gods versus the giants. I really liked Lucy Robarts, though, so I guess she made up for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/28/2013

    " Victorian life in England. I read this as penance. In high school senior English I never finished the Trollope novel assigned (Barchester Towers). So, Miss Neal, I've done Trollope, 49 years late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/27/2013

    " Great Victorian novel by Anthony Trollope. So much more accessible than Dickens. I loved Barchester Towers more, but this is probably 2nd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/22/2013

    " I liked this one the best of the Barster chronicles so far. The plot was more complex and there were more characters in the mix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy Kenagy | 12/22/2013

    " Spoiler: Dr. Thorne & Miss Dunstable - a match made on earth, and the better for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathie Hagen | 12/16/2013

    " If you love Jane Austen, you will like this series. I didn't want it to end. Great character development & plot & subplots that draw you in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/25/2013

    " Centers around minister who is friends with Lord Lufton. The minister gets in money trouble and the lord falls in love with the minister's sister. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 11/10/2013

    " Another of my favorites of his. Very sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dona | 8/12/2013

    " Loved the book and loved this recording. Wonderfully narrated by Timothy West. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllida | 10/17/2012

    " I don't think this is destined to be my favourite Trollope but a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 8/29/2012

    " Lent to me by Dayna. Enjoyed it, although skimmed thru some parts when talking in metaphors of British politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 6/25/2012

    " One of the better books in the series -- really enjoyed this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Weitz | 4/4/2012

    " Loved this. Great examination of pride (and prejudice) in its many forms. Highly recommend the series thus far - two more to go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gertie | 2/29/2012

    " If JAne Austen were a victorian gentleman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 8/31/2011

    " I enjoyed this a lot. When I read Barchester Towers I had some difficulty with the language, but I didn't with this one. Either I got used to it, or this one is not so difficult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 6/17/2011

    " I found the language delightful, the characters charming, and the subject matter skullcrushingly dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy | 5/28/2011

    " Spoiler: Dr. Thorne & Miss Dunstable - a match made on earth, and the better for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dona | 1/14/2011

    " Loved the book and loved this recording. Wonderfully narrated by Timothy West. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/2/2011

    " Another of my favorites of his. Very sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/13/2010

    " Great Victorian novel by Anthony Trollope. So much more accessible than Dickens. I loved Barchester Towers more, but this is probably 2nd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John-mark | 10/3/2010

    " Well, I'm a sucker for Trollope, and this is probably my favorite. Lucy is a bit too cardboardy for my tastes, but Lady Lufton is a gem. And Marc Robarts is no more foolish than many of us. His wife's response to adversity is old-fashioned but uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flora | 7/23/2010

    " Very satisfying. Now on to Barchester Towers... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benedict | 7/12/2010

    " I listened to this entire book on Audible.com.

    I appreciate the exquisite prose, and the story about the countryside of England during the early Victorian era. I was left wishing I could read everything Trollope ever wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/9/2010

    " Victorian life in England. I read this as penance. In high school senior English I never finished the Trollope novel assigned (Barchester Towers). So, Miss Neal, I've done Trollope, 49 years late. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882), the author of forty-seven novels, was one of the most prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. He is best known for his series of books set in the English countryside as well as those set in the political life, works that show great psychological penetration.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.