The Choir

By Joanna Trollope
Read by Nadia May

8.85 Hours 07/01/1997 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English