The Small House At Allington : Chronicles of Barsetshire

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by Timothy West
  • Series: Chronicles of Barsetshire
  • 23 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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The spirited Lily Dale, who longs to be loved, is devastated when her fiancé, the self-interested Adolphus Crosbie, jilts her for the aristocratic Lady Alexandrina. Although heartbroken, Lily still loves Crosbie and believes she must remain single despite him being unworthy of her affections. Even when the more deserving John Eame presents himself, she is still unable to see past her feelings for Crosbie.
Meanwhile, Lily's sister Bell is also under pressure to marry for money, not for love. With an array of wonderful subplots, this audiobook is full of subtle humour as well as heartbreak.
The Small House at Allington is the fifth audiobook in the series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire and as usual, Trollope shows his skill at analysing the thoughts and emotions of his characters, a craft that makes them appear truly life-like. Each character feels human, even Crosbie who also suffers himself for the mistakes he makes. Trollope possesses the ability to take everyday events and turn them into a gripping tale.
The novel was written at the height of Trollope's popularity and contains one of his most admired heroines, Lily Dale. Former British Prime Minister, John Major, declared it his favourite book, propelling it back into the limelight in the 1990s.
Narrator Biography
Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre, and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope's classic audiobooks, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama's A History of Britain and John Mortimer's Rumpole on Trial.
Timothy West's theatrical credits include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus and his films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, and The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Broken Biscuits (BBC), Great Canal Journeys (across 3 Series), and the regular role of Stan Carter on EastEnders (BBC).

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Lily & co

Trollope writes the most wonderful women characters - far more varied and three-dimensional than Dickens - and makes them speak with individual voices. Timothy West manages to present each one so sympathetically and distinctively that it seems hard to believe they've been 'dead' for a century and a half or thereabouts. And he does the men just as well...the world-weary Adolphus, the testy and inarticulate Squire, the elderly but enthusiastic Earl and the half-baked but endearing not-hero, Johnny Eames.

This novel is less political and less satirical than the others in the Barchester cycle, and you just surrender to the enjoyment of letting Trollope and West, between them, engage your sympathy and interest in these memorable characters and the drama that flows from them. Wonderful.
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- Jill

Great story and characters

Where does The Small House At Allington rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed listening to this, Timothy West is a great narrator, I got to know the characters and was upset when I reached the end. They were all real, sharing their emotions and thoughts and didn't want to lose them.

I listened to it while on the bus going to work as I can't read while travelling - it makes me feel sick. The journey passed all too quickly.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Small House At Allington?

Lily's reaction to the news of Adolphus in London. Most people might think it wasn't proper but I could understand how she felt and why.


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- Lesley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-11-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios