The Barchester Chronicles

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

The acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Anthony Trollope's classic story of provincial life. One of the most respected, successful chroniclers of 19th-century life, Anthony Trollope is still widely read and much-loved today, and The Barchester Chronicles - witty moral comedies with a wonderful range of characters - are among his most popular tales. The Small House at Allington explores the power of devotion, in the form of Lily Dale's love for self-seeking Adolphus Crosbie.

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Well, at least it wasn't expensive...

I've never been the world's biggest fan of Victorian-era literature about British society and manners - I read a lot of it as a kid but as an adult I find it impossible to empathize with any of the characters (the women are all so prone to hysteria and the men so unrealistically melodramatic).

But radio dramatizations are often much better, since you don't have to wade through so much dense prose.

Unfortunately, this one was kind of disappointing.

The story was predictably dull; some of the casting seemed odd (the woman who plays Mrs Dale sounds like she's the same age as her daughters); and the voices weren't particularly distinctive so it was confusing as the narrative jumped around from person to person.

There are also some editing problems. I think this originally ran as several episodes; whoever compiled this package wasn't paying attention because they've included at least one episode twice (for example, at 1:58 Lily's reading her 'Dear John' letter; at 4:45 we have the same scene again).

And it's hard to tell where each episode begins and ends, so it's a pain to fast-forward past the duplicated bits.

The good news? It cost less than $6, so I'm not too upset!
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited