I am honoured and delighted to learn that Barchester Towers has been awarded an Excellence prize: Huge thanks to Nicolas Soames, Pippa Vaughan, and Peter, Becky, Norman, Poppy and Chloe at Motivation.
David Shaw-Parker's exemplary reading of Trollope's masterpiece is liking sitting in your club in a comfortable chair after a good meal and listening to one of the particularly good natured other members tell you a story about some people he knows. His voice is confiding and personal, perfectly capturing the spirit of Trollope's narrative voice. There's no attempt to impersonate characters; Shaw-Parker's voice changes just enough that we are never in doubt who is speaking or what kind of person the speaker is. (The unctuous Mr. Slope is particularly fine)… A charming and witty performance. D.M.H Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award copyright AudioFile 2014 Portland, Maine USA.
'Trollope is one of our greatest comic novelists, as well as having an extraordinary talent for taking you confidentially and irresistibly into the flow of his story. Oblivious to the snail-like pace of Oxford's flood impeded traffic, I was grinning from ear to ear as I listened to David Shaw-Parker explode into the clerical indignation that follows Obediah Slope's iconoclastic sermon in Barchester Cathedral… proof positive that Trollope wrote with an ear to being read aloud.' Christina Hardyment, The Times Arts Review 25th January 2014 - Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope [Naxos Audio Books 21 hours 44 mins.]
"In his splendid reading of this first of the Barsetshire series, Shaw-Parker skilfully inhabits the rôle of the companionable omniscient narrator…he deftly varies tones and patterns to reflect the large cast…Shaw-Parker enlivens this classic and creates an irresistible listening experience." [Joyce Saricks: Booklist Jan 1st 2014]
"Trollope's own narrator is not to be forgotten, and Shaw-Parker pays special attention to his strong authorial presence. His reading suggests a clear understanding of the tone and subtle intrigue of this Victorian novel." [D.M.W. Audiofile 2013 Portland, Maine - published August 2013]
"David Shaw-Parker delivers a winning performance that keeps listeners engaged throughout. with a deep accented voice. Shaw-Parker brings this 19th century novel to life. His timing and tone are spot-on and he creates distinct voices for the books many characters." [Audio Reviews 09/02/2013]
Trollope's mighty novel The Way We Live Now is now available on download from the Naxos Audio Books website and the 29 CD set will be released later this year.This was recorded in ten days at Motivation studios last year and, in these days of fat cats, fraud and banker's bonuses, it carries as much topical resonance as it did it the latter half of the nineteenth century. Augustus Melmotte might well have been the Robert Maxwell of the Victorian novel.
The first two leviathan novels in Anthony Trollope's Palliser series, Can You Forgive Her and Phineas Finn - originally written as serialised magazine stories - await imminent release by Naxos Audio Books. An abridged version of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich are due to be released later this year.