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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.
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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.
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'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.]
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"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]
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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.
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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 now available.
Anthony Trollope | Read by David Shaw-Parker         Classics • 37 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1875

When Augustus Melmotte moves to London in a blaze of splendor, the English upper class is both confused and awed by this upstart with an enigmatic past. Trollope's 1875 novel deals with many vices of the period including financial scandal, social climbing, and arranged marriages. British actor David Shaw-Parker's almost iambic cadence makes his narration of the novel pleasant to the ear. His vocal characterizations are especially entertaining. From Felix Carbury's unconcerned tone to Melmotte's imposing manner, Shaw-Parker captures the essence of each character. When he voices American businessman Hamilton K. Fisker, his American accent is so convincing that he sounds like a different narrator entirely. Although the novel itself is lengthy, Shaw-Parker holds the listener spellbound. D.M.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2016]
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The exciting news this month is that our Phineas Finn has been included in The Times list of Audiobooks of 2017. A few of my recorded titles have been hitting the shelves this month including my first recording for Penguin Audio Books in a long time, Pendragon, Emigrants by Evan James, The Monk and The Philosopher and Cursed. a Henning Juul detective story for Red Apple publishing. 

The Eustace Diamonds, the third in the Palliser series about the mysterious disappearance of the necklace which gripped its Victorian readers with more suspense than any twenty first century soap opera - released early next year.

Audio books

Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope, read by David Shaw-Parker (28hr 20min, Naxos Audiobooks , £34.30) 

Naxos continues its fine unabridged releases of Anthony Trollope’s six Palliser novels with Phineas Finn , a tale of parliamentary shenanigans at the time of the Second Reform Bill. It is a comfort in our present parlous state. The dashing young member for Loughshane is soon entangled politically and amorously, most memorably with the immensely seductive Madame Max.      [The Times 25.11.2017]
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