The Last Chronicle of Barset

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(4.6 stars; 95 reviews)

Both Trollope and some of his later critics have considered The Last Chronicle to be his greatest novel. Many of its characters are familiar from the earlier Barsetshire novels, including the Rev. Josiah Crawley, the impoverished curate of Hogglestock, whose alleged theft of £20, together with the efforts of many to clear up the mystery, lie here at the center. Central also is the trying courtship between Major Grantly and Grace Crawley, the clergyman's daughter, over the objections of the Major's parents, Archdeacon Grantly and his wife; and the adventures of Johnny Eames, a protagonist of the Small House at Allington. Finally, it is in The Last Chronicle that Bishop Proudie of Barsetshire and his domineering wife, introduced in Barchester Towers, achieve their fullest and most dramatic portrayal.(Summary by Nicholas Clifford)

Novels in the series are :
1-The Warden
1-The Warden (version 2)
2-Barchester Towers
3-Doctor Thorne
4-Framley Parsonage
5-The Small House at Allington
6-The Last Chronicle of Barset (35 hr 18 min)


01 - How Did He Get It? 29:01 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
02 - By Heavens He Had Better Not! 21:39 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
03 - The Archdeacon's Threat. 14:03 Read by Piper Hayes
04 - The Clergyman's House at Hogglestock. 22:31 Read by Piper Hayes
05 - What the World Thought About It. 14:44 Read by Simon Evers
06 - Grace Crawley. 24:07 Read by Simon Evers
07 - Miss Prettyman's Private Room. 27:32 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
08 - Mr. Crawley Is Taken to Silverbridge. 35:07 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
09 - Grace Crawley Goes to Allington. 26:15 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
10 - Dinner at Framley Court. 15:30 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
11 - The Bishop Sends His Inhibition. 26:23 Read by Felicity C
12 - Mr. Crawley Seeks for Sympathy. 24:59 Read by Felicity C
13 - The Bishop's Angel. 28:40 Read by Felicity C
14 - Major Grantly Consults a Friend. 16:26 Read by Piper Hayes
15 - Up in London. 33:51 Read by Piper Hayes
16 - Down at Allington. 32:00 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
17 - Mr. Crawley Is Summoned to Barchester. 30:24 Read by Kirsten Wever
18 - The Bishop of Barchester Is Crushed. 31:35 Read by Kirsten Wever
19 - Where Did It Come From? 13:13 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
20 - What Mr. Walker Thought About It. 18:08 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
21 - Mr. Robarts on His Embassy. 21:29 Read by Ernst Pattynama
22 - Major Grantly at Home. 23:47 Read by Simon Evers
23 - Miss Lily Dale's Resolution. 28:56 Read by Simon Evers
24 - Mrs. Dobbs Broughton's Dinner-party. 40:59 Read by Kirsten Wever
25 - Miss Madalina Demolines. 26:00 Read by Kirsten Wever
26 - The Picture. 20:00 Read by alwpoe
27 - A Hero at Home. 21:38 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
28 - Showing How Major Grantly Took a Walk. 17:40 Read by Phineas Redux
29 - Miss Lily Dale's Logic. 12:49 Read by Phineas Redux
30 - Showing What Major Grantly Did After His Walk. 12:26 Read by Barry O'Neill
31 - Showing How Major Grantly Returned to Guestwick. 18:07 Read by Barry O'Neill
32 - Mr. Toogood. 42:45 Read by Barry O'Neill
33 - The Plumstead Foxes. 22:05 Read by Kirsten Wever
34 - Mrs. Proudie Sends for Her Lawyer. 25:45 Read by Kirsten Wever
35 - Lily Dale Writes Two Words in Her Book. 40:43 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
36 - Grace Crawley Returns Home. 14:53 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
37 - Hook Court. 23:57 Read by Kirsten Wever
38 - Jael. 26:33 Read by alwpoe
39 - A New Flirtation. 21:28 Read by Kirsten Wever
40 - Mr. Toogood's Ideas About Society. 20:36 Read by Piper Hayes
41 - Grace Crawley at Home. 26:24 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
42 - Mr. Toogood Travels Professionally. 37:18 Read by Piper Hayes
43 - Mr. Crosbie Goes into the City. 29:06 Read by Felicity C
44 - I Suppose I Must Let You Have It. 13:40 Read by Felicity C
45 - Lily Dale Goes to London. 23:52 Read by Simon Evers
46 - The Bayswater Romance. 25:50 Read by Kirsten Wever
47 - Dr. Tempest at the Palace. 53:12 Read by Kirsten Wever
48 - The Softness of Sir Raffle Buffle. 16:57 Read by Simon Evers
49 - Near the Close. 40:20 Read by Barry O'Neill
50 - Lady Lufton's Proposition. 26:47 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
51 - Mrs. Dobbs Broughton Piles Her Fagots. 40:06 Read by alwpoe
52 - Why Don't You Have an "It" for Yourself? 24:58 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
53 - Rotten Row. 24:41 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
54 - The Clerical Commission. 26:39 Read by Kirsten Wever
55 - Framley Parsonage. 16:21 Read by Kirsten Wever
56 - The Archdeacon Goes to Framley. 41:08 Read by Kirsten Wever
57 - A Double Pledge. 25:28 Read by Barry O'Neill
58 - The Cross-grainedness of Men. 29:28 Read by Barry O'Neill
59 - A Lady Presents Her Compliments to Miss L. D. 30:47 Read by Barry O'Neill
60 - The End of Jael and Sisera. 30:34 Read by alwpoe
61 - It's Dogged as Does It. 35:29 Read by Kirsten Wever
62 - Mr. Crawley's Letter to the Dean. 35:05 Read by Kirsten Wever
63 - Two Visitors to Hogglestock. 36:34 Read by Kirsten Wever
64 - The Tragedy in Hook Court. 19:05 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
65 - Miss Van Siever Makes Her Choice. 21:00 Read by Felicity C
66 - Requiescat in Pace. 26:03 Read by Felicity C
67 - In Memoriam. 25:47 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
68 - The Obstinacy of Mr. Crawley. 20:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
69 - Mr. Crawley's Last Appearance in His Own Pulpit. 15:18 Read by Lee Ann Howlett
70 - Mrs. Arabin Is Caught. 25:38 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
71 - Mr. Toogood at Silverbridge. 22:16 Read by Piper Hayes
72 - Mr. Toogood at "The Dragon of Wantly." 17:25 Read by Piper Hayes
73 - There Is Comfort at Plumstead. 20:48 Read by Kirsten Wever
74 - The Crawleys Are Informed. 21:17 Read by Kirsten Wever
75 - Madalina's Heart Is Bleeding. 25:01 Read by Kirsten Wever
76 - I Think He Is Light of Heart. 18:58 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
77 - The Shattered Tree. 19:15 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
78 - The Arabins Return to Barchester. 24:34 Read by Barry O'Neill
79 - Mr. Crawley Speaks of His Coat. 18:29 Read by Barry O'Neill
80 - Miss Demolines Desires to Become a Finger-post. 30:55 Read by Sharon Omi
81 - Barchester Cloisters. 15:30 Read by Kirsten Wever
82 - The Last Scene at Hogglestock. 34:55 Read by Kirsten Wever
83 - Mr. Crawley Is Conquered. 19:53 Read by Kirsten Wever
84 - Conclusion. 16:31 Read by Kirsten Wever



(2 stars)

The final and weakest volume of the Barchester series. To be fair to Trollope, we have to remember that this was the forerunner of the TV soap opera and that the author had to sell magazines and books to make a living. He had therefore to squeeze the last drop out of every tired plot line. However, in this last book the level of repetition is so high that boredom prevails and conquers. I wished so many times that the dreadful Lily Dale and Mr Crawley would both wander out in a blizzard, fall into a snowdrift and get deep frozen. but it doesn't happen.


(5 stars)

A fine ending to an enjoyable series. The characters in all of the novels were skillfully drawn to the end that they seem like old friends and acquaintances. The pigheadedness of so many (Mr Crawley, Grace Crawley, Major Grantley, Mrs Proudie, and Lily Dale, to name only a few) only gives the story more interest. A heartfelt thanks to the many readers of this and all Librivox books for the generous danation of their time.

(5 stars)

An engrossing, touching and wide ranging story, engagingly read by a fine collection of volunteers. The reading can rarely be faulted, and Clifford and Evers deserve particular praise: the warmth of affection for the material is audible. Recommended.


(4 stars)

I'll miss more to this series. I grow attached to the characters and wish Mr. Trollope would conclude with further insight into their futures, but it isn't a priority. Well read by a variety of volunteers.

(5 stars)

I loved the book. Every reader was delightful to listen to. Usually I pick a book where there is only one reader because it is a smoother listening experience. This however was read well by all.

loved it!

(5 stars)

actually sad that this is the last Chronicle of barset but have thoroughly enjoyed every hour that I have listened to this series

(5 stars)

A bit slow sometimes but one of the best books in the series. Thank you volunteers for your time and effort!

(5 stars)

Such great readers - a fantastic collection of books brilliantly brought to life. Thank you.