Exclusively From Audible In The Fourth Audiobook In Anthony Trollope S Series Known As The Chronicles Of Barsetshire, The Values Of A Victorian Gentleman, The Young Clergyman Mark Robarts, Are Put To The Test Though He Lives A Comfortable Life, Has A Doting Wife, Children And A Patroness In Lady Lufton, His Ambitions Stretch Beyond The Little Village Of Framley Through A Combination Of Naivety And Social Climbing, Robarts Is Compromised And Brought To The Brink Of Financial And Social Ruin By The Disreputable Politician, Sowerby Meanwhile, A Romance Develops Between Mark S Younger Sister, Lucy, And Lady Lufton S Son He Proposes, But The Marriage Is Firmly Opposed By His Mother Lucy Recognises The Difference In Their Social Positions, Which Forces Her To Reject Lord Lufton S Proposal Unless His Mother Asks Her To Accept Him Working With The Prose Of One Of The Most Successful And Respected English Novelists Of The Victorian Era, Narrator Timothy West Captures Trollope S Customary Humour, Offsetting The Drama Of The Tale With Great Compassion Like All In The Barsetshire Series, It Is An Extraordinarily Evocative Picture Of Everyday Life In Th Century England That Delves Deep Into The Social Issues Of The Time Narrator Biography Timothy West Is Prolific In Film, Television, Theatre, And Audiobooks He Has Narrated A Number Of Anthony Trollope S Classic Audiobooks, Including The Six Chronicles Of Barsetshire And The Pallisers Series He Has Also Narrated Volumes Of Simon Schama S A History Of Britain And John Mortimer S Rumpole On Trial Timothy West S Theatre Roles Include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, And Coriolanus And His Films Include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day Of The Jackal On Television, Timothy Has Appeared In Broken Biscuits BBC , Great Canal Journeys Across Series , Regular Role Of Stan Carter On EastEnders BBC Last Tango In Halifax Bleak House, Bedtime And Brass I found this story, of the tribulations of a country vicar who becomes involved with the wrong set and his sister s romance with a man seen as above her station, somewhat uneven in quality Many parts of the novel completely engaged me, when Trollope uses his discerning eye to present keenly observed characters along with wonderful dialogue which helps create insight into their thoughts and feelings However, these passages are interspersed with long pages of exposition in the author s own voice, often reiterating what we have already observed at first hand.This is worth reading for the good parts but perhaps you may wish to skim parts too. In this fourth novel of the Barsetshire Chronicles Trollope entertwines two main storylines The first centers on Mark Robarts who has recently, and at an uncommonly young age, become vicar at Framley He has a doting wife and children, a loving patroness in Lady Framley, and a good friend in her son Lord Lufton Things could not be going better for Mark Robarts it seems, but then he gets carried away by his success He starts to mix in high circles and with politicians, and before he fully well realizes what s happening finds himself in debt to the scheming politician Sowerby, with financial and social ruin threatening The second storyline is about Lucy Robarts, Marks younger sister living with him at Framley parsonage She s in trouble too she has fallen in love with Lord Lufton and he with her, but Lady Lufton firmly opposes the match, and Lucy out of a sense of pride rejects Lord Lufton and says she will not take his hand unless his mother asks her to accept it.This may not seem much to write than 500 pages about, but Trollope does so brilliantly and keeps you engaged throughout As always he concentrates on the inner life of his characters, and their thoughts and feelings are described in great detail As often with Trollope too, you have the feeling from the very start that in the end all will turn out well for Lucy and Mark, but this too strangely so perhaps doesn t in the least diminish one s appetite for reading on Framley Parsonage is mainly a reflection on the qualities of a gentleman, and the changing perception of such in Victorian times where birth and rank still counted for a lot, coupled with a growing belief that it is first and foremost moral standing and behaviour that really makes a gentleman.I found Framley Parsonage a very absorbing read, superb in its depiction of country life in Victorian times Definitely the sort of book where you cannot help but read on, simultaneously anxious that the end is drawing ever nearer Luckily there s still two novels to go in the series, and I immediately started the fifth novel The small house at Allington. A Timothy West reading, unabridged, of a long and satisfying, funny and sad Trollope so much better than any dramatised version due to this brilliant narrator This is a whole series of audiobooks which have a different shape from most, but you may like them enough to acquire a whole bookshelf They are read in English English when appropriate and American English where it suits, in case you are wondering. Aeons ago watched the Barchester Chronicles as a TV serial and always meant to read them.Thanks to wonders of expired copyright have now downloaded all of them for free and just love them Anthony Trollope, student of human nature, wonderful Victorian novelist If you haven t tried him do so.This book introduces lots of characters who feature hugely in the later books, plus the occasional from the original, or their children pop up.Please read the Barchester Chronicles in order. Trollope is my fall back author When I ve had my fill of to and fro of books which jump about in time and place the current trend for many modern novels , and other literary gimmicks, I always return to Trollope, and I am never disappointed.Framley Parsonage, like all Trollope s novels, has its star crossed lovers Lucy Robarts and Lord Lufton , its gentry Lady Lufton , its clergy, its poor the wetched Crawley family its politics, and as always in Tollope s novels, but perhaps especially in this one, he never uses one sentence when three or will do, but it is a still story that held me Perhaps the padding was a bit than usual, and I could have done without some of it, and this is not my favourite of his novels, but I still loved it I was disappointed in the marriage of Dr Thorne towards the end He has always been one of my favourite characters in Tollope s novels , but I must allow this gentleman to make his choice, and be happy for him Trollope s acute insight into human beings and their relationships is as sharp as ever, and some of the characters names just as preposterous A must for all lovers of this great author.