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The story is great, if you like Anthony Trollope -- and I love him. The announcer is great, if you like Simon Vance (and how can you not?). But, of all the audio books I have listened to over the years (hundreds), this is one of the worst productions. I was surprised that it was Blackstone Audio, which is one I generally trust. The sound engineer must have been asleep. Every so ofter, there is an edit where Simon Vance obviously re-read a line or two -- but there is absolutely no attempt to match the pitch, the tone, the level. It can be very disruptive.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
It makes the people who know me laugh at me but I look forward to my 90 minute commute every day because I get to spend time with my latest 'audible' book and no demands from anyone else. This has been especially true for my readings of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, especially 'Doctor Thorne'. I find these wonderful narrations an escape from stress and care and I am grateful for their re-recordings. These new, fresh versions have excellent sound quality and a truly outstanding reader in Simon Vance. For those who savor 19th century English novels, nothing can beat a few hours with Anthony Trollope and Simon Vance. By the time I get home I'm a pleasure to be near again (or at least that's what I like to think).
20 of 22 people found this review helpful
for the Barchester books but still too 1950's for more than 3 stars. A good book, but all the characters sound as though they have stepped out of a 1950's British film.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
great prose beautifully read. my favourite author, so pleased to have found him on 'audio'
does he pre dat jane austin as there are certsinly echoes i her novels.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a Trollope classic and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. However, I normally find Simon Vance's narration very good but there is major issue in this audiobook. His performance of Mary Thorne is awful. It doesn't sound like a young girl's voice; in fact it doesn't sound like a woman's voice at all. The odd, creepy aspect to it undermined my enjoyment of the story and sadly, most of Simon Vances "feminine" voices are pretty odd in this edition.
It would be great if audible could find more female narrator's to read these classics, as sometimes men's voices just don't suit the work.