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Joyce Saricks
Booklist, December 2013

Trollope’s eloquent and satiric prose is made to be heard, to be read aloud and savoured in company. In his splendid reading of this first of the Barsetshire series, Shaw-Parker skilfully inhabits the role of the companionable omniscient narrator, assuming a tone of mock pomposity as he guides listeners through the tangle of social and ecclesiastical issues and introduces his audience to a community of gossipy parishioners, pensioners and the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Shaw-Parker excels in capturing Trollope’s humorous asides and pointed barbs at the sins of society and the frailties of its members. His care in creating memorable characters is also notable. He deftly varies tones and speech patterns to reflect the large cast, from the pomposity of Archdeacon Grantly, with his ‘brazen trumpet’ voice, to the serious but warmhearted tones of reformer John Bold, the sweet voice of Eleanor Harding, and the often dithering musical tenor of the warden. Class differences are also easily detected in his accents and cadence, with his portrayal of the 12 pensioners of particular note. Shaw-Parker’s narration enlivens this classic and creates an irresistible listening experience. © 2013 Booklist

Bette-Lee Fox
Library Journal, August 2013

This first book in Trollope’s most famous work is a fascinating exploration of 19th-century British clerical culture. David Shaw-Parker’s beautiful and expressive voice enhances the listening experience.

Recommended for readers who enjoy classic 19th-century English literature and/or church-related fiction. © 2013 Library Journal Read complete review

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