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What made the experience of listening to Barchester Towers, Book 2 the most enjoyable?
The wry and quiet comedy. Trollope is very charitable to his characters and I love the 19th century language. It is like a vacation from our vulgar times--although, of course, they had Slope, who might match a presidential candidate or two.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The warden and Elinor. They are our hero and heroine and are a devoted father and daughter.
Have you listened to any of David Shaw-Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I listened to the Warden and am about to listen to Dr. Thorne, third in the series. As Trollope speaks from time to time directly to the reader, I think Shaw-Parker inhabits him. I don't generally like a lot of tone and voice changes per each character, but I think the narrator gets it just right in these novels and he is excellent at accenting the humor and irony in Trollope's confidential tones. He makes me want to know Anthony Trollope--the author seeming every bit as charming as his fictional characters.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. It's long and proceeds at it's own pace. No need to rush.
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David Shaw-Parker reads at a stately, slower pace than I was used to with Simon Vance, but I came to appreciate that, as well as a greater intensity, with highs and lows and crescendos that really convey the wit and humour Trollope finds in his characters. At first I was on the point of returning this, having just listened to Simon Vance read The Warden and Can You Forgive Her. But while it is different, I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this reading. As for the story: timeless and magnificent!!