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2.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 5 2.86 (0 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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The Warden is the first of the six classic Chronicles of Barsetshire novels, Trollope’s best-loved and most famous work.

Anthony Trollope’s classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity, whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding’s daughter, Eleanor. Though the bishop and archdeacon stand behind him, the honest Reverend Harding is caught in a moral dilemma, questioning whether he truly deserves the money or should resign.

Set in the world of the Victorian professional and landed classes Trollope portrayed so superbly, The Warden explores the complexities of human motivation and social morality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Keen observation of public affairs, a pungent closeness of style, and great cleverness in the author, are the distinguishing features of The Warden.”

    Spectator, 1855 

  • “The Warden is a clever, spirited, sketchy story...and smartly told.”

    Athenaeum, 1855

  • “There is considerable talent displayed in this volume.”

    Electric Review, 1855

  • “Vance’s narrative skills help modern listeners hear the elegance of Trollope’s writing and understand the writer’s skewering wit. And his ability to create character-revealing accents, from the illiterate grumble of a local farmer to the nasal bray of a highborn clergyman, makes the nineteenth century live in our ears.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Layne | 2/13/2014

    " Overwritten, as are many 19th century novels. I enjoyed the psychological process that Harding went through. I may try some of Trollope's other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/7/2014

    " Lesson learnt: too many moral high grounds createth a quagmire of misfortune. A little trite at times but interesting perspectives nonetheless in charming 19th century English prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha Johnson | 2/7/2014

    " I like Trollope -- another age, another sensibility. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deborah | 2/3/2014

    " Later Trollope (The Way We Live Now) is so linked to 21st century behaviors that it's mind boggling. This is much more of a period piece. Was struck by one comment early on in particular, to the effect that he would not repeat all of the dialogue among female characters as that would make the book way too long! Heading back to George Elliott, thankyouverymuch. "

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