Barchester Towers

By Anthony Trollope
Read by Simon Vance

The Chronicles of Barsetshire: Book 2

18.80 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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This magnificent sequel to The Warden satirizes the struggle for ascendancy among the clergy of a cathedral city as they contend for each newly vacant post within the archdiocese. The contest for power is between Archdeacon Grantly and his followers, who favor high-church tendencies, and the new bishop and his followers, with their distinctly low-church preferences. Speaking loudly and cleverly for the latter is the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope, championed by Mrs. Proudie and the newcomers. Each wishes to become the dominant voice in the quiet diocese of Barchester, but their antics, including romantic ones, reveal that their priorities are more social and political than spiritual or moral. Their intrigues and misunderstandings entwine through the lives of many memorable characters and provide a humorous backdrop for an exploration of the clash between old and new ways in Victorian England.

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This magnificent sequel to The Warden satirizes the struggle for ascendancy among the clergy of a cathedral city as they contend for each newly vacant post within the archdiocese. The contest for power is between Archdeacon Grantly and his followers, who favor high-church tendencies, and the new bishop and his followers, with their distinctly low-church preferences. Speaking loudly and cleverly for the latter is the ambitious Mr. Obadiah Slope, championed by Mrs. Proudie and the newcomers. Each wishes to become the dominant voice in the quiet diocese of Barchester, but their antics, including romantic ones, reveal that their priorities are more social and political than spiritual or moral. Their intrigues and misunderstandings entwine through the lives of many memorable characters and provide a humorous backdrop for an exploration of the clash between old and new ways in Victorian England.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The subject is so fresh and the representation so vivid...we are left to wonder that more has not long ago been made of such promising materials.” Times
“The Warden was a remarkable book; Barchester Towers is still more remarkable.” Leader
“Barchester Towers is a very clever book.” Saturday Review
“Delicious…[filled with] memorable and entertaining people whose exploits listeners will follow with glee…Vance is a highly talented reader, as comfortable with the author’s more subtle use of sarcasm as with his broad sense of the ridiculous. He gives each character a unique voice and sounds like he’s enjoying himself into the bargain. Well done!” Kliatt
“Trollope once said, ‘In the writing of Barchester Towers I took great delight.’ The listener gathers that, in the reading of it, Simon Vance also takes great delight. Obviously, he relishes impersonating the dramatis personae…he delivers the fustian narrative with particular fluidity, verve, and grace.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 18.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English