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The Small House at Allington

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(4,5 Sterne; 91 Bewertungen)

Fifth novel in the Barsetshire series, The Small House at Allington is largely focused on the Small House's inhabitants, Mrs. Dale and her two marriageable daughters, Lily and Bell. The two girls, of course, have suitors: their cousin, Bernard Dale, his friend Adolphus Crosbie, and the local boy, Johnny Eames, whose career in London is to mark him as far more than the "hobbledehoy" that he has earlier been considered. Crosbie is a social climber, and his connection with the dysfunctional de Courcys of Barsetshire give the author a chance for a splendid portrayal of an aristocratic family in decline. As with many of AT's novels, there are subplots as well, and many pictures of rural life standing in contrast to that of London. Some critics have seen in the portrayal of Johnny Eames something of an autobiographical exercise on Trollope's part. (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 (25 hr 15 min)


01 - The Squire of Allington


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

02 -The Two Pearls of Allington


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

03 - The Widow Dale of Allington


Read by Simon Evers

04 - Mrs Roper's Boarding-House


Read by Simon Evers

05 - About L. D


Read by doublemirrors

06 - Beautiful Days


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

07 - The Beginning of Troubles


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

08 - It Cannot Be


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

09 - Mrs Dale's Little Party


Read by Thelma Meyer

10 - Mrs Lupex and Amelia Roper


Read by Simon Evers

11 - Social Life


Read by Simon Evers

12 - Lilian Dale Becomes a Butterfly


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

13 - A Visit to Guestwick


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

14 - John Eames Takes a Walk


Read by Simon Evers

15 - The Last Day


Read by Simon Evers

16 - Mr Crosbie Meets an Old Clergyman on His Way to Courcy Castle


Read by Simon Evers

17 - Courcy Castle


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

18 - Lily Dale's First Love-Letter


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

19 - The Squire Makes a Visit to the Small House


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

20 - Dr Crofts


Read by Lee Ann Howlett

21 - John Eames Encounters Two Adventures, and Displays Great Courage in Both


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

22 - Lord De Guest at Home


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

23 - Mr Plantagenet Palliser


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

24 - A Mother-in-Law and a Father-in-Law


Read by Lee Ann Howlett

25 - Adolphus Crosbie Spends an Evening at His Club


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

26 - Lord de Courcy in the Bosom of His Family


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

27 - 'On My Honour, I Do Not Understand It'


Read by Kirsten Wever

28 - The Board


Read by Simon Evers

29 - John Eames Returns to Burton Crescent


Read by Simon Evers

30 - 'Is It from Him?'


Read by Simon Evers

31 - The Wounded Fawn


Read by Brendan Stallard

32 - Pawkins's in Jermyn Street


Read by Shirleyroses

33 - 'The Time Will Come'


Read by Shirleyroses

34 - The Combat


Read by Felicity C

35 - Væ Victis


Read by Felicity C

36 - 'See, the Conquering Hero Comes'


Read by Felicity C

37 - An Old Man's Complaint


Read by Piper Hayes

38 - Doctor Crofts Is Called In


Read by Piper Hayes

39 - Doctor Crofts Is Turned Out


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

40 - Preparations for the Wedding


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

41 - Domestic Troubles


Read by Lee Ann Howlett

42 - Lily's Bedside


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

43 - Fie, Fie!


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

44 - Valentine's Day at Allington


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

45 - Valentine's Day in London


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

46 - John Eames at his Office


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

47 - The New Private Secretary


Read by Phineas Redux

48 - Nemesis


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

49 - Preparations for Going


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

50 - Mrs Dale Is Thankful for a Good Thing


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

51 - John Eames Does Things Which He Ought Not to Have Done


Read by Alexandra Huckabay

52 - The First Visit to the Guestwick Bridge


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

53 - Loquitur Hopkins


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

54 - The Second Visit to the Guestwick Bridge


Read by Sharon Omi

55 - Not Very Fie Fie after All


Read by alwpoe

56 - Showing How Mr Crosbie Became Again a Happy Man


Read by Simon Evers

57 - Lilian Dale Vanquishes Her Mother


Read by Piper Hayes

58 - The Fate of the Small House


Read by Piper Hayes

59 - John Eames Becomes a Man


Read by Simon Evers

60 - Conclusion


Read by Simon Evers


Stubborn people hurt each other for 700 pages

(4,5 Sterne)

I was unaware of this novel and surprised by how difficult the characters were. I found Lily profoundly annoying. I didn't expect to end up liking the squire more than most of the rest of the characters, but everyone else was SO confusingly stupid. Mrs Dale really doesn't come off well. Despite the difficult circumstances she is in, she is an ineffective parent, indulgent, and every bit as stubborn and foolish as her daughters, allowing them their way when she ought to be acting like an adult and guiding them. Lily is the perfect picture of a girl who longs for an abusive selfish man over a normal relationship. The Earl and John Eames are interesting characters whose growing friendship was very enjoyable. Most of the readers were excellent.

(4,5 Sterne)

Perhaps it is not fair to review this book after listening to just one chapter. But I am coming to Trollope after a gap of over 25 years. And the reader makes the whole experience quite delightful. Trollope has such an attractive style, the way he describes things (so vivid!), the underlying current of humor, the flashes of sarcasm, the smooth flow of language. We are in the presence of a master novelist, whose literary genius needs to be appreciated a bit more by our literary critics. Well, have listened to 3 chapters so far. And things are 'so far, so good'.

A look at the low life

(4 Sterne)

For me, the most interesting parts of this book took place in Mrs Roper's seedy London boarding house, where the low-life struggles and quarrels seemed the most realistic. The main story largely repeats the theme of quite a few books by Trollope and Dickens, in which an eccentric old wealthy patron provides a dowry enabling a nice but impoverished couple to marry and live happily ever after. Great atmosphere and penetrating humour.

well-read, but not a pleasing story

(4 Sterne)

I'm a big fan of Trollope, but not of this book. It was, dare I say, emotionally unhealthy. The reader is drawn into a loathing, almost masochistic intrigue of Crosbey. Then there's Johnny Eames, who makes you want to slap him until he grows up. But it is engaging, well-written and well-read.

Portraits of Real Choices

(4 Sterne)

Mr. Trollope sometimes gives us the fairy tale ending and sometimes does not. I'm fascinated at some characters naivety. I found myself chastising certain ones as they moved into unwise areas or abdicated their responsibilities where it was decidedly needed.

(5 Sterne)

ah! perfect Trollope with rascally gorgeous women and handsome men who pursue titles and wealth ending up sunk in a living hell, while poor but honest girls get their peaceful happy home in the end. Some of the very best readers around


(5 Sterne)

A more Henry James-like Trollope. very interesting characterizations, and a story that illustrates Oscar Wilde's aphorism, there are two tragedies in life: one is not getting what you want, the other is getting it. uniforms excellent readers.

Ending Not Quite as Predictable

(5 Sterne)

Nice installment of the series - no big surprises just a good tale about the lives of the gentry of old