Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2006
CS ISBN 978-0-7861-4754-0 $95.95 Fourteen cassettes
CD ISBN 978-0-7861-6338-0 $120.00 Fifteen CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 978-0-7861-7257-3 $44.95 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $34.97
The second and best of the prolific author’s six novels about the fictional Barsetshire satirizes ecclesiastical politics in rural Victorian Britain. Among the many superbly drawn characters, the risibly overbearing Mrs. Proudie and the feckless Ethelbert Stanhope particularly shine. Some of us may even recognize the central conflict from our own experiences as congregants. Trollope once said, “In the writing of BARCHESTER TOWERS, I took great delight.” The listener gathers that, in the reading of it, Simon Vance also takes great delight. Obviously, he relishes impersonating the dramatis personae. One gets the impression that the more, the merrier, as far as he’s concerned. In addition, he delivers the fustian narrative with particular fluidity, verve, and grace. Y.R. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 07]
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