Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.
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By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08
Barchester comes alive!
Time I heard a classic whilst I drive, were my thoughts when I purchased this dramatization. From the off I was in another world, the world of the Victorian's. With the many and various goings on acted out superbly by a wonderful cast. I found myself going the long way, just to listen for longer, I even found myself listening whilst walking!! I could not wait to hear what would unfold next. If you think that Clasics are dull I urge you to try this. With the many twists and turns, sadness and happiness, I am sure that you will enjoy 'The Barchester Chronicles'
141 of 145 people found this review helpful
By R on 15-09-08
fantastic and addictive
I though this would be a long audio book perfect for 3 weeks in France,and I wanted to add some culture to my life.
This is a brilliant listen,I was so suprised and totally loved every minute of it,as did my children (which was a suprise,they wanted to listen to Barchester as opposed to dvds and playstations!!!)
Wonderfully written and a tale that is as relavant to today as to the 1860s.I know a Mrs Prudie etc in my life.
This is a must and I usually read and listen to thrillers it was a refreshing, wonderful change that was thought provocating and just so,well brilliant.Beautifully narrated
98 of 103 people found this review helpful
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By Joseph R on 30-08-09
Anthony Trollope's Small Affairs
This is a BBC production. What else could better express the excellence of this audio book? The music and performances are perfect. This version is even more accessible than the unabridged audio book. I think this is a result from the slimming down of the original while remaining true to the storyline. The story includes The Warden, Doctor Thorne and The Final Chronicles of Barset. This production fairly zips along without losing any essential element of the story during the dramatization process. It is an ambitious undertaking and faultless executed.
From one point of view, this is a story with strong willed women and is peppered with men with their usual failings. There are delicious misunderstandings about who is to marry whom. The intramural quarrels were fortunately conducted without resort to swords, axes, guns or bombs. In particular, I loved the proposal scene where Mrs. Bolts slaps the face of the odious Mr. Slope. If any man deserved a good solid slap, it was he. This is a thoroughly enjoyable performance to the very last line.
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
By MSN on 16-07-08
If you like Jane Austen and are looking for something funny and engaging, I think you may enjoy this. The dramatisation works very well and the actors are uniformly excellent.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful