Framley Parsonage : Chronicles of Barsetshire

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Chronicles of Barsetshire
  • 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mark Robarts, a young vicar, is newly arrived in the village of Framley. With ambitions to further his career, he seeks connections in the county's high society. He is soon preyed upon by a local member of parliament to guarantee a substantial loan, which Mark, in a moment of weakness, agrees to, even though he knows the man is a notorious debtor; it brings Mark to the brink of ruin. Meanwhile, Mark's sister, Lucy, is deeply in love with Lord Lufton, the son of the lofty Lady Lufton. Lord Lufton has proposed, but Lady Lufton is against the marriage, preferring that her son choose the coldly beautiful Griselda Grantly.
The novel concludes with four happy marriages, including one involving Doctor Thorne, the hero of the preceding book in the Chronicles of Barsetshire series.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)

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Doesn't disappoint

Hooray for Audible for adding this and Doctor Thorne to their library. Simon Vance does a nice job reading. If you are new to Trollope, you are better off reading the Barsetshire series in order for a full appreciation of some of the secondary characters in this novel. Start with The Warden.
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- Herv J. Peairs "HJP"

A delight

Trollope is an author who specializes in fine irony, and so it takes a particularly skilled reader to convey that tone without overdoing it. Vance is perfect. Although it may take a while to becoming involved in the story -- which at first seems like a trivial matter of a rural parson deciding to visit a duke's house despite the wishes of his straitlaced patroness -- the stakes grow ever higher, a love interest emerges and one of literature's great scoundrels appears. Soon enough, you'll be laughing out loud and looking for excuses to get back in the car and hear a little more.
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- Laurene

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-30-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.