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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Trollope Narrator: Wanda McCaddo Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the gentle world of one of England’s beautiful old cathedral towns, crisis looms: funds are short, and the cathedral is in need of major repair. One faction of the community argues that the obvious solution is to abolish the expensive, and nowadays rather irrelevant, boys’ choir. But of course, there are those who disagree: the choir school’s headmaster, a conscientious scholar somewhat out of his depth with his elusive, poetical wife; the cathedral organist and choirmaster, brilliant, wayward, and in love with the lead chorister’s married mother; the former lead chorister, now twenty-three and directionless, who haunts his old school looking for a sense of purpose; and the gentle, left-wing bishop, trying to soothe the angry protagonists. Their stories are marvelously woven into this enchanting story of modern life in old-world England.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A Modern Barchester Chronicle.”

    Sunday Telegraph

  • “[Trollope is] one of the most interesting writers to have emerged in the past few years.”

    Daily Mail

  • “As in the music that pervades the plot of Trollope’s absorbing novel, contrapuntal technique results in a brilliant composition…Sacred music, the perfect treble of pre-pubescent boys and delicious deadpan understatement create a uniquely rich soundtrack on the pages of this beautifully crafted tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Reader Nadia May is perfect for this book, with her sprightly British intonations. She offers a sense of wryness in keeping with the tale. This recording is very much recommended wherever low-key, nicely written contemporary novels are popular.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is great entertainment, made all the more enjoyable by May’s easy style.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nitya Mathew | 2/19/2014

    " The sort of book that leaves a good taste in the mouth - not too demanding, but not a simple, breezy read either. Lovely characters that stayed in my head even after I put the book down. I like Trollope's style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/9/2014

    " only read half. Puzzling as Carol and I usually like the same books. Couldn't like anyone. I suspect someone who's involved with church choirs might like it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kenzie | 2/6/2014

    " I had no idea what this book would be like when i started it, and i have to admit the more I got into it, the more I really enjoyed it. The author does a nice job of bringing her characters to life - there were quite a few characters to keep track of, but somehow she managed to weave them all in, and give just enough information that you felt you understood each character without making this a 1000 page novel. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but after about the 4th or 5th chapter I often wanted to read just one more chapter before bed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Yvonne Carter | 2/1/2014

    " Takes place in small town in England. Story centers around a boy singing in a choir -- The Dean can think only of preserving the cathedral and gets rid of the choir -- Boy's mother falls in love with organist "

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About the Author
Author Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope, a descendant of nineteenth-century English novelist Anthony Trollope, is the author of historical novels and a study of women in the British Empire. However, she has become best known for her lively contemporary novels, often centered on the nuances and dilemmas of domestic life in England. She has now written seven of these novels. Joanna Trollope was born and still lives in Gloucestershire, England.