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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,058 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Trollope Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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The acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Anthony Trollope's classic story of provincial life.

One of the most respected, successful chroniclers of 19th-century life, Anthony Trollope is still widely read and much-loved today, and The Barchester Chronicles - witty moral comedies with a wonderful range of characters - are among his most popular tales.

The Small House at Allington explores the power of devotion, in the form of Lily Dale's love for self-seeking Adolphus Crosbie. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/20/2014

    " This was a very long and slow procession and it turned into something that I finished partly for curiosity about the ending and partly for a stubborness to finish what I'd started. I didn't not like it but I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Charmant | 2/18/2014

    " Anthony Trollope is a master at writing characters you want to slap upside the head, but he is so nice about it at the same time. His characters, both men and women, are multidimensional, even the comic ones. (He has time to develop them, because his books can get massive.) Sure, Lily is irritating, but the book is constructed well, and Anthony's casual yet nuanced storytelling style is really endearing to me, if not everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecily | 2/7/2014

    " The 5th Barchester novel. Lovely (but too good to be true?) Lily Dale, vacuous Augustus Crosbie (the "swell"), hobbledehoy Jonnie Eames. It just stops, with very few threads resolved, and most of the characters unfulfilled, if not actually unhappy. Is such an ending clever or frustrating? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 1/28/2014

    " This has definitely been my favorite Trollope book yet. He takes the typical story of two sisters' romances and turns it on its head. One is engaged right away and jilted and the other rejects the ideal suitor for a penniless one. Lily Dale in particular is great as is John Eames, for whom this is a coming of age story as well. I also liked how he didn't make Crosbie a flat character but made the jilting a temptation to him and then continues his storyline, rather than leaving him simply as a villain. The only negative thing is the edition--very poorly copyedited--unclear paragraphing in dialogue and typos galore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martina | 1/14/2014

    " I've been afraid for awhile that all the Barsetshires and Pallisers were pretty much the same novel. This is one of several exceptions. Lily Dale is a nicely developed character, despite the fact that her name sounds like that of a town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/9/2014

    " Victorial heroine is jilted by cad and is determined to remain true to his memory despite the love offered by a "good man." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/3/2014

    " As this series goes on, Trollope becomes increasingly better at character development and insight. While the mores of the time seem foreign today, so many of the emotions and characteristics of human nature remain the same. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/28/2013

    " One of Trollope's best. Excellent character development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 8/14/2012

    " Obsessed. Why haven't I read Trollope sooner? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Divina | 9/18/2011

    " Lilly Dale! What a case. This book is much less predictable (in the area of romance) than the earlier titles in this Trollope series. I've got a crush on John Eames. Lilly you are nuts! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jody | 5/27/2011

    " Okay, so I didn't actually read this book. I just couldn't get past the first couple of pages. Maybe I was just too tired, but it just wasn't capturing me. And with so many books on my "to read" list, if it doesn't grab me right away, I'm movin' on, baby!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Risa | 12/16/2010

    " What a dumb book! He really slipped on this one. Amusing as always though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renée | 11/20/2010

    " Much better than Dr. Thorne and Framley Parsonage. Very witty and likeable characters, some reminded me of people I know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chas Bayfield | 10/31/2010

    " My first foray into the World of Trollope and I loved it. A real page turner and characters I could believe in. I love the fact that there's no happy ending - it feels like we are in the real world. I preferred it to Dickens and I can't wait to read more. There's even a mention of WHSmith! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila | 10/13/2010

    " LOVE Trollope, who brings both great plot AND terrific character development to the table. I wanted to name my daughter Lily after reading The Small House.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lex Marshall | 10/5/2010

    " Just finished this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but definitely found Barchester Towers more satisfying. I've been reading the series out of order, apparently, but I still can't wait to read another one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2010

    " One of my favorite books- ever! Lily Dale is a sparkling, independent heroine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 12/21/2009

    " Don't think I'll be reading more of his books anytime soon. All his characters are like dim-witted versions of Austen's in some kind of bizarre parallel universe where everything is boring and turns out badly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roya | 10/22/2009

    " I was drawn into it, then decided to read the series in order. I couldn't make it through. This genre is not for me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/3/2009

    " What can I say? It's Trollope. It's Barchester. I loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope (1815–1882) grew up in London. He inherited his mother’s ambition to write and was famously disciplined in the development of his craft. His first novel was published in 1847 while he was working in Ireland as a surveyor for the General Post Office. He wrote series of books set in the English countryside as well as those set in the political life, works that show great psychological penetration. One of his greatest strengths was his ability to re-create in his fiction his own vision of the social structures of Victorian England. The author of forty-seven novels, he was one of the most prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era.