The Small House at Allington : Chronicles of Barsetshire

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Chronicles of Barsetshire
  • 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Small House at Allington introduces Trollope's charming heroine, Lily Dale, to the Barsetshire scene. Lily is the niece of Squire Dale, an embittered old bachelor living in the main house on his property at Allington. He has loaned an adjacent small house rent free to his widowed sister-in-law and her daughters, Lily and Bell. But the relations between the two houses are strained, affecting the romantic entanglements of the girls. Lily has long been unsuccessfully wooed by John Eames, a junior clerk at the Income Tax Office. The handsome and personable Adolphus Crosbie looks like an enticing alternative, but Adolphus has his eye on the rigid Lady Alexandrina de Courcy, whose family is in a position to further his career. Bell, meanwhile, must choose between the local doctor, James Crofts, and her wealthy cousin, Bernard.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)

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Customer Reviews

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Oh for a better reading

I have been listening to Simon Vance's eccentricities with Trollope only for the want of an alternative - 1950's accents, completely wrong accents for some characters and frequently a perversity against the text. Please get us Timothy West!
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- Philadelphus

worth listening too

Another reviewer complains about the voice of the reader. Generally I did not find it intrusive, although I felt that his attempts to distinguish the voices of the women were somewhat overdone.
I have never managed to get beyone the first few chapters when reading Trollope and enjoyed being able to go through the whole book.
It may be better to start earlier in the chronicles as there was a sub-plot that was completely divorced from the rest of the story and presumably links in elsewhere. In addition it became apparent that the story does not end here, so the listener does have to be prepared to commit the time to another book.
Trollope's asides to the reader may take up considerable time in listening and would, I think, be edited out these days, but are quite fascinating.
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- Catriona

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-08-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.