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Barchester Towers

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This is the second in Trollope’s ‘Barsetshire’ series of novels. The later novels in the series move away from Barchester itself but 'Barchester Towers' is very much a sequel to the first book ‘The Warden’, which is also available from Librivox.

The old bishop dies, the archdeacon, Dr. Grantly fails to succeed him and a new bishop, Dr. Proudie is appointed. Dr. Grantly gains a worthy foe, not the new bishop but his wife, Mrs. Proudie, strict sabatarian and power behind the Episcopal throne together with the bishop’s chaplain, Mr. Slope.

John Bold is also dead and Eleanor, now a wealthy young widow sets clerical hearts fluttering. The new bishop must deal with the wardenship of Hiram’s Hospital. Will it go to Mr. Harding? All is to play for. Then the old Dean dies and the stakes are raised. (Summary by Andy)

(22 hr 25 min)


I.I Who will be the new Bishop?


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

I.II Hiram's Hospital


Read by eva

I.III Dr. and Mrs. Proudie


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

I.IV The Bishop's Chaplain


Read by Catharine Eastman

I.V A Morning Visit


Read by Kara Shallenberg

I.VI War


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

I.VII The Dean and Chapter take Counsel


Read by Kara Shallenberg

I.VIII The Ex-Warden rejoices at his probable Return to the Hospital


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

I.IX The Stanhope Family


Read by Kara Shallenberg

I.X Mrs Proudie's Reception--Commenced


Read by Kirsten Ferreri

I.XI Mrs. Proudie's Reception - Concluded


Read by Kara Shallenberg

I.VII Slope versus Harding


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

I.XIII The Rubbish Cart


Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)

I.XIV The New Champion


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

I.XV The Widow's Suitors


Read by eva

I.XVI Baby Worship


Read by Anita Roy Dobbs

I.XVII Who shall be Cock of the Walk?


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I.XVIII The Widow's Persecution


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

I,XIX Barchester by Moonlight


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

II.I Mr Arabin


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II.II St Ewold's Parsonage


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II.III The Thornes of Ullathorne


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

II.IV Mr Arabin reads himself in at St Ewold's


Read by Anita Roy Dobbs

II.V Mr Slope manages matters very well at Puddingdale


Read by Kirsten Ferreri

II.VI Fourteen Arguments in favour of Mr Quiverful's Claims


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

II.VII Mrs Proudie wrestles and gets a Fall


Read by eva

II.VIII A Love Scene


Read by Gesine

II.IX Mrs Bold is entertained by Dr and Mrs Grantly at Plumstead


Read by eva

II.X A serious Interview


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II.XI Another Love Scene


Read by Kirsten Ferreri

II.XII The Bishop's Library


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II.XIII A New Candidate for Ecclesiastical Honours


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

II.XIV Mrs Proudie Victrix


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

II.XV Oxford--The Master and Tutor of Lazarus


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III.I Miss Thorne's Fete Champetre


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III.II Ullathorne Sports--Act I


Read by eva

III.III The Signora Neroni, the Countess De Courcy, and Mrs Proudie meet each o…


Read by eva

III.IV The Bishop sits down to Breakfast and the Dean dies


Read by Anita Roy Dobbs

III.V The Lookalofts and the Greenacres


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III.VI Ullathorne Sports--Act II


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III.VII Mrs Bold confides her Sorrow to her Friend Miss Stanhope


Read by eva

III.VIII Ullathorne Sports--Act III


Read by Kirsten Ferreri

III.IX Mrs and Mrs Quiverful are made happy. Mr Slope is encouraged by the Press


Read by eva

III.X Mrs Bold at Home


Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)

III.XI The Stanhopes at Home


Read by Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)

III.XII Mr Slope's parting Interview with the Signora


Read by eva

III.XIII The Dean Elect


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III.XIV Miss Thorne shows her Talent at Match-making


Read by Anita Roy Dobbs

III.XV The Belzebub Colt


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III.XVI The Archdeacon is satisfied with the State of Affairs


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

III.XVII Mr Slope's Farewell to the Palace and its Inhabitants


Read by eva

III.XVIII The new Dean takes Possession of the Deanery, and the New Warden of …


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)

III.XIX Conclusion


Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)


To william hauff

(0 Sterne)

The reason that non-native speakers of English are permitted to read English texts is that they volunteer to do so. LibriVox is an all-volunteer organization, and there is no centralized authority telling readers what they are 'allowed' to read. Nothing could be more inimical to the spirit of a volunteer-run organization. Now, aside from the obvious option of paying for a professionally produced recording, you also have the option of signing up at LibriVox and recording the chapters that displease you, or recording the entire book as a solo work. Multiple versions of books and chapters are encouraged there.

Much ado

(4 Sterne)

Second in Trollope's Barsetshire series, Barchester Towers concerns the family of the Reverend Septimus Harding, whom we first met in The Warden. The new bishop has arrived, accompanied by his domineering wife and her hand-picked clerical cohort, the hypocritical Obadiah Slope. A sharply satirical comedy of errors ensues, played out by a cast of memorable characters who struggle for power, position, love, and money. Trollope knew human nature, and he knew how to portray it in both its positive and negative aspects. Part of the appeal of Barchester Towers is that he is able to do so with relative gentleness, without preaching or obvious moralizing. I'm looking forward to the sequel, to find out what happens to the bishop's virago of a wife.

wonderful novel ruined by bad reading

(1 Sterne)

A magnificent novel almost ruined by one of the readers whose accent is so thick that many times you cannot understand the words being spoken. Understandably the readers to Librivox are volunteers but one would think there would be a minimum competency required. Why in the world would someone with a very thick German(?) accent be allowed to read a Victorian English novel? Why wouldn't that reader read books in German, of which Librivox needs more. It seems some of the readers are only reading for their own vanity, not in the interests of the books or the listeners. Miserable job Librivox!

An enjoyable character study

(4 Sterne)

My comments: Andy Minter is one of my favorite readers and he takes quite a few chapters in this book. The other readers also do an excellent job, making the entire book easy to listen to. The book is limited in locale and time, but not in characters. Trollope spends considerable time developing interesting people to populate his little ecclesiastical world. We not only follow the various players around but we hear their thoughts and what the narrator thinks of each of them. There's much misunderstanding, as conversations get twisted and turned in the retelling, as inferences drawn in error take on a life of their own, and as certain characters try t manipulate events to their own advantage. As a listener, I found quite a bit to laugh at, but I also found a fair exposition on how we often see what we want to see and miss the clues which should tell us that reality is otherwise.

Interweaving Story Lines

(4 Sterne)

I learned to appreciate the different readers and what each brought to the narration. I found some chapters to be overwrought with detail while more important events were casually mentioned. Im supposing this gives insight to the author's priorities. The characters were well developed and held my interest. I may listen again and would listen to a sequel if it were available.

great story

(5 Sterne)

fantastic story in the series by Anthony trollope, so far I love everything he's written. Andy Mentor is one of my favorite narrators and he does most of this book and the rest do a great job except for one that I truly had a hard time understanding but she only did one chapter and I'm sure she tried her best.

Enjoyed this very much

(4 Sterne)

I prefer solo recordings because I get used to one reader's voice and generally avoid collaborative projects. But this reading was overall very good. Initially the accent of Eva was distracting to me but as I stuck in out, I found her readings among the most enjoyable, second only to Andy Minter. They both voiced the characters so well.

Difficult to Understand

(3 Sterne)

This is a wonderful story, unfortunately though many of the chapters are read by someone who has difficulty pronouncing many English sounds. I had to strain to understand many of the words she said, and I found trying to make out what she was saying frustrating.