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The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download.

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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A Delight

Brilliant. 18hrs of undiluted joy. I laughed at the Archdeacon, got cross at the wretched Mr Crosby, loved Mr Harding and became enraptured by the life of those populating Barchester. I listened whilst driving, cooking, walking and even took it to bed with me. Thank you BBC - where would we be without you?

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So entertaining!

A lovely adaptation of these entertaining stories. The narrators are so suited to their characters, and so distinct from each other that it is very easy to follow.

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  • Joseph R
  • 30-08-2009

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.

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  • MSN
  • 16-07-2008

Excellent!

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.

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  • Armen
  • 15-03-2009

Who would have thought I'd like this?

I never read Trollope, although I have read most of his contemporaries. He just never seemed very interesting - and the idea of books about church politics - in the 19th century - in England!, well, it didn't seem appealing. But the BBC always does good work and I was desperate for a good read.
Eureka! This is a wonderful set of 'dramatisations' - the characters voices are well differentiated and the story is engorssing. If you like Dickens or Eliot - I think you'll like this.

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  • Pamela Heiniger
  • 26-10-2009

The complete Barchester Chronicles

As I love the TV adaption of the Chronicles of Barchester I looked forward to listening to this audiobook. I didn't realise the TV show just covered the first part of these chronicles. The fact that I was familiar with the story made the first Chronicle more enjoyable - I loved it. Now I plan to listen to them all again as I think the more familiar one becomes with the story the more one can follow the many characters.

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  • Carol
  • 26-05-2008

Great AudioBook

A Great listen, I throughly enjoyed listening to this book. All of the characters were distinctly individual. Loved the way all of the stories were smoothly intertwined. The romantic entanglements and life dramas were a listening pleasure. I will listen to this book again and again.

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  • Virginia Waldron
  • 21-10-2013

Fantastic

I listened to this brilliant performance after the completion of the series. The acting and script are excellent. Lots of humour are evoked by the performance and I found it to be highly entertaining and faithful to Trollope's work. Excellent.

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  • Fran Pearson
  • 08-08-2010

Well dramatized

Witty, sweet, bucolic British dramatization of all 5 of Trollope's Barchester books. Easy listening but without the detail and nuances of the full books. An excellent and lovely, although severe, abridgment.

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  • Lindsey
  • 18-08-2015

Life never changes..

The narrators and actors were very good. I could not believe I was riveted by the story. I am now looking for more Trolope. Excellent story teller

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  • Vivian Gosey
  • 11-07-2017

Great!

Would you listen to The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation) again? Why?

I loved this! The characters really came to life with this dramatisation. I could tell them apart, which is very often an issue with an audiobook or a dramatisation. There also weren't a lot of annoying sound effects. I've never read the books, but now I plan to do so.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-2017

Love gained. Love lost. Love endured.

This dramatization was full of emotional ups and downs: of love lost, gained and endured. Fortunes created and lost: of power enhanced and dissipated.

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  • Ian Henderson
  • 05-06-2008

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'

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  • R
  • 15-09-2008

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

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  • Tei
  • 29-10-2009

PURE PLEASURE

This dramatisation was pure pleasure from begining to end. The cream of British actors portraying the idosyncrasies of the British character as portrayed by one of this countries best writers - what utter joy! And so funny too, I had no idea that Trollope was laugh out loud funny.
PS However, I did get a little frustrated with a couple of the subserviant women...

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  • Lisa
  • 08-01-2009

Simply Sublime

A great series of dramatisations and a wonderful cast. I cannot recommend this enough.

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  • Martine
  • 23-01-2011

Pure Trollopian Delight!

Absolutely enchanting - nearly 20 hours of pure Victorian predjudices, values, witicisms and ironies - truly irresistable

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  • Jo
  • 29-06-2010

Delightful new experience

This is my first venture into the classics or a dramatisation. I hesitated because I thought perhaps I should listen to the book read by a narrator, but I'm really glad I chose this. The characters come alive so I feel I have understood their personalities so well. There is also quite a lot of subtle humour in the stories and I shall certainly read some more Anthony Trollope

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  • nicola
  • 01-12-2011

Stunning

An avid Dickens fan up to now, I've always avoided Trollope thinking he was hard-going. How wrong I was. This audio book was my introduction to Trollope and what a fabulous one it is. This is simply a 'must-listen', the dramatisation is superb and the story itself sublime and still oddly pertinent to today. This is one of my favourite Audible downloads to date and one I'm sure I'll listen to again. I must admit I don't usually write reviews leaving this to others but this recording is so good I felt obliged to spread the word. Listen and enjoy.

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  • Gillian
  • 05-12-2011

The Classics at their best - don't miss this one!

I read "The Warden" many years ago and was captivated with the charming writing of Anthony Trollope. I have listened to it this afternoon and cannot wait to enjoy the rest of the Chronicles. As a full-time carer, I don't have enough time to indulge in my favourite hobby of reading, but I can clean the house as I listen to these stories unfolding from a world which is long gone, but where the characters are so alive that they could be in my own living room with me. This is a truly wonderful dramatisation and not to be missed!

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  • Susan
  • 10-11-2010

The Barchester Chronicles


I think many people would find reading the actual book a little dry, but the dramatisation on this audiobook brought the story to life and I couldn't wait for my next free time to listen in.
The whole result was charming.

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  • Denise
  • 31-05-2010

The Best Anthony Trollope collection ever

This is a must read. The dramatisation is brilliant and I simply couldn't put this down. I am now hooked on Anthony Trollope because of this.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful