The Belton Estate


Read by Kirsten Wever

(4.5 stars; 64 reviews)

Clara Amedroz is the virtuous, intelligent, and quick-witted heroine of this novel. Like all women of her time, she has few options other than to marry. She is lucky enough to have two eligible suitors, and chooses the more urbane and worldly of the two. Alas, however, she realizes fairly quickly that Captain Aylmer is not a nice person. Throughout much of the novel we find her trying hard not to recognize that Will Belton - the suitor she rejected, and who still loves and wants to marry her - is.

As in all of Trollope's novels, the sub-plots are at least as engaging as the main story: here, we find Clara associated with, and ultimately for some time dependent on, Mr. and Mrs. Askerton, who - having perforce lived together for some time before they were married - are social outcasts. Clara is courageous enough to remain loyal to these friends, knowing that thus she, too, risks social condemnation and reduces her value on the marital market-place.

She becomes wiser, more generous, and more forgiving as her outlook on the world matures in various trials-by fire: the experiences she endures as a result of her mistaken allegiance to Captain Aylmer; her friendship with the Askertons; and the malicious gossip and social ostracization attendant on her loyalty to them. The question that will decide her ultimate happiness is whether she can be as generous and forgiving of herself. (Summary by Kirsten Wever) (16 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 37:47 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 2 22:07 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 3 35:07 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 4 22:10 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 5 29:27 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 6 29:43 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 7 29:29 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 8 29:10 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 9 27:45 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 10 30:13 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 11 31:52 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 12 30:48 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 13 28:08 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 14 34:32 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 15 30:31 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 16 34:00 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 17 33:17 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 18 32:21 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 19 24:27 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 20 35:53 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 21 25:01 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 22 36:51 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 23 34:30 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 24 28:15 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 25 31:20 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 26 30:35 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 27 33:52 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 28 26:39 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 29 31:06 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 30 25:16 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 31 35:04 Read by Kirsten Wever
Chapter 32 23:11 Read by Kirsten Wever

Reviews

GOOD FOR SOME AUTHORS, MEDIOCRE FOR TROLLOPE

(5 stars)

Clara displays much that we find in a normal Trollope heroine, but with one great exception. The heroines are usually motivated in their stubbornness, and this makes them interesting. For instance Lady Glencora was extremely high-minded, but she was fun and entertaining. Clara seems only to want to be a martyr. But, you have to love Mrs. Askerton. I have listened to other readings by Kirsten Wever, and she continues to be in the top tier at Librivox.

Quite good

(4 stars)

I am a huge fan of Anthony Trollope. This book is not one of his best, nevertheless I quite enjoyed it. I agree that his heroine, Clara (like so many of Trollope's heroines) is really annoying and unlikable. But Trollope's books transport you to another era - rural, genteel England. Kirsten Wever read the book so beautifully that I found myself just wanting to hear her narration, rather than the content of the novel. Thank you Kirsten.

great novel, great reading

(5 stars)

this is quite a simple Trollope, I think, compared to many, but with a big dollop of his usual insight into the rubbish options open to well-bred women of the time and into the little self-deceptions and other weaknesses that go with being human. Also satisfyingly romantic. Lovely reading, thank you, - and a tone of voice that goes very nicely with Trollope!

(3 stars)

Those stars are for the reader who is very good. The story is the worst Trollope ever with a stupid unsympathetic heroine, caricatures for suitors and a predictable ending, way too long in coming

not the best

(2 stars)

If you haven't listened to a Trollope before start with something else. Admittedly very well read but the story is just too predictable.

Love a good twist in live stories

(5 stars)

A little pride and prejudice like story. But, great listen. love the reader

good

(5 stars)

very good reader, the book itself pleasant although not as good as other books by A. Throllope

Good read

(5 stars)

I love the ending