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This 1857 sequel to The Warden wryly chronicles the struggle for control of the English diocese of Barchester. The evangelical but not particularly competent new bishop is Dr. Proudie, who with his awful wife and oily curate, Slope, maneuver for power. The Warden and Barchester Towers are part of Trollope's Barsetshire series, in which some of the same characters recur. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
''This delicious sequel to The Warden examines the antics within the Barchester Diocese through a satirical magnifying lens...[with] memorable and entertaining people whose exploits listeners will follow with glee... (audiobook narrator) Vance is a highly talented reader, as comfortable with the author's more subtle use of sarcasm as with his broad sense of the ridiculous. He gives each character a unique voice and sounds like he's enjoying himself into the bargain. Well done!'' --Kliatt
''Trollope once said, 'In the writing of Barchester Towers I took great delight.' The listener gathers that, in the reading of it, (audiobook narrator) Simon Vance also takes great delight. Obviously, he relishes impersonating the dramatis personae . . . He delivers the fustian narrative with particular fluidity, verve, and grace.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
This was my first Trollope and I would definitely Trollope again! The characters are as true in this century as they were in his. And I never expected to laugh so much.Published 1 month ago by Becky Masterman
Great book..start with The Warden, then follow with Barchester Towers and finish with the Last Chronicle of Barset and you will not only enjoy the adventure but understand why... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marianne T. Hall
Trollope is a good balance for those who have just read Dickens. Trollope has a nice, humane sense of humor as he examines the foibles of the 19th century middle and upper... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JPJ
Intricate relationships and serious subject matter told in a light-hearted story. As with many classics, this is not for everyone because it is not as easy a read as a modern day... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Love To Read
Since I gave five stars to The Warden, this sequel should have six.
It picks up about 18 months after The Warden leaves off. Read more
After reading "The Warden" (the precursor to "Barchester Towers") and the 800-page "The Way We Live Now" last year, I thought I might have overdosed on... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy Merrick
This might be one of the world's perfect novels. It has everything in the perfect measure. The plot is character-driven and believable, the asides are delightful, and the pacing is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anna Z.
This is quintessential Trollope. At the outset of the novel, the Bishop of the cathedral city of Barchester is on his deathbed, with his son, the Archdeacon Grantly, beside him. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. M. Peterson
Trollope takes the most simplistic story lines and endows them with character depth, humor and pacing that is impossible to resist. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert malko