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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,429 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: November 2007 ISBN: 9781455189557
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Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire novels are well loved for their wit, satire, and keen perceptions of human nature. This final installment brings back some of his best loved characters: Major Henry Grantly, first met as a boy in The Warden, the sparkling Lily Dale and her thwarted lover, Johnny Eames, and the domineering Mrs. Proudie.

Barsetshire’s latest scandal involves Mr. Crawley, the impoverished curate of Hogglestock, accused of theft when he uses a large check to pay off his debts. Unable to remember how he came by the money, he feels ashamed and even begins to question his own sanity. The scandal fiercely divides the citizens of Barsetshire and threatens to tear apart Mr. Crawley’s family. Trollope offers a devastating portrait of a man oppressed by poverty, social humiliation, and self-doubt.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I regard this as the best novel I have written…there is a true savour of English life all through the book…I claim to have portrayed the mind of the unfortunate man with great accuracy and great delicacy.”

    Anthony Trollope

  • “[A] brilliant depicter of the nineteenth-century social strata in England.”

    New York Times

  • The Last Chronicle of Barset is a satirical view of a materialistic society…with elaborate complications.”

    The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/12/2014

    " I am sorry to be leaving Barsetshire with this, the final book of the series, but I am SO glad to have many more Anthony Trollope stories to dig into. While this novel is long and drawn out, that seems a fitting way to get into the heads of the characters. The main plot covers the accusation of theft against a stern, scholarly, and impoverished preacher, who, while exceptionally moral in nearly every other aspect of his life, is profoundly proud and gloomy. The several side-plot romances are interesting, while some are disappointing, and have their share of foolish decisions. I love how this story brings in several of the characters from previous novels in this series. I listened to this novel as a free download from Librivox.org. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti Svoboda | 1/19/2014

    " I didn't like the ending for the two, young, main characters. In fact, part of the story simply feels too unreal, but it is a novel after all. Trollope satisfyingly ties all of his lose ends from the other novels in this book. "

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

    " I'm reading all of the Barsetshire chronicles. If Trollope were alive today, he would be a screenwriter. The plots are stilted, but the descriptions are vivid; I see the room and the people in it. I like the Palliser novels better, but still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/12/2014

    " This is #6 in the Barsetshire series. You really need to read them in order to get the whole story. They are wonderful books and very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 1/7/2014

    " I think this was the best of the series and a delicious ending that tidied things up nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/2/2014

    " The last and arguably the best of the six-volume Barchester series, in which Trollope manages the herculean feat of tying all the loose ends together in admirable fashion. The heroism of the starveling minister Josiah Crawley is one of the author's greatest characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet Smart | 12/24/2013

    " I think this is my favourite Trollope. I was re-reading it on a plane the other week and it reduced me to tears yet again. Trollope's realism and attention to detail are astonishing, and his characters are fully rounded, neither good nor bad, and very often painfully misguided. Not to be missed. Perfect for a long journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arwen | 12/16/2013

    " The Last Chronicle of Barset has everything I love about Trollope: wonderful characters, deep exploration of human motivation, the struggle to define morality and to stand by it, and lots of love, of all sorts. I must admit that while the Palliser novels have greater scope, there's something so comforting and tender about the Barsetshire novels. They're the ones I'll return to again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 11/24/2013

    " Epically long, and not the best of the series (but the best is amazing...), but an enjoyable read, a fitting way to wrap things up, and the perfect last paragraphs for such a great series to finish with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/17/2013

    " I read all the Barsetshire books I could find the year I discovered Trollope! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 1/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one too (my third Barchester). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Macartney | 11/29/2012

    " Still enthralled with this author. This is a sad tale of preacher accused of theft and coming to ruin in the surrounds of local politics, comic characters, suitors, marriage proposals, and financial ruin. Continues memorable story of Lily Dale from The Small House at Allington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/16/2012

    " 6th and final book in the Barsetshire Chronicles... Sad to see it end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Prothero | 12/21/2011

    " Long but delicious. I want to live in Barsetshire! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 4/5/2011

    " It's epic. 927 pages of small type. I love Trollope's Barsetshire novels although I am skipping to the end here. I found a Nonsuch edition and couldn't leave it at Dog Eared Books for the price ($6 = less than a penny a page!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/26/2010

    " I read all the Barsetshire books I could find the year I discovered Trollope! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 1/22/2010

    " I finally gave up on reading this as it was incredibly boring, weak story line that didn't seem to progress with the rest of the book. I have finally come to the conclusion that I am just not into books that deal with 17th and 18th century English life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/15/2009

    " Last and one of the best in the Barsetshire series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/7/2009

    " Reverend Crawley, poor minister is accused of stealing a check. His pride, which he wraps around himself like armor, makes everything more difficult than it should be, almost destroying his whole family, but everything works out in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 8/24/2009

    " I really enjoyed this one too (my third Barchester). "

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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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight 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.