The Vicar of Wrexhill

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(4.4 stars; 49 reviews)

A villainous vicar insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy but foolish widow, ruining the fortunes and happiness of her three children, until they begin to fight back. Published in 1837 by the mother of the better-known Anthony Trollope, this highly readable romance portrays the evangelical movement of the Anglican church in a shocking light that may remind readers of some of the religious abuses of the present day. (Summary by Angela Rowland) (14 hr 31 min)


01-The Village of Wrexhill 20:14 Read by Angel5
02-The Morning After the Birthday 9:12 Read by Angel5
03-The Vicar of Wrexhill 13:31 Read by Angel5
04-The Will 12:07 Read by Angel5
05-The Aristocracy of Wrexhill 12:42 Read by Angel5
06-The Principal Person in the Village 15:24 Read by Angel5
07-The First Impressions Made By Mr. Cartwright 13:00 Read by Angel5
08-Mrs. Richards and Her Daughters 17:54 Read by Angel5
09-Helen and Rosalind Call Upon Sir Gilbert Harrington 22:25 Read by Angel5
10-Mrs. Mowbray Consults Mr. Carwright 20:40 Read by Angel5
11-Helen's Misery at Her Mother's Displeasure 15:34 Read by Angel5
12-Mr. Cartwright's Letter to His Cousin 26:06 Read by Angel5
13-Mrs. Mowbray's Departure for Town 29:55 Read by Angel5
14-An Interview 19:33 Read by Angel5
15-Rosalind's Conversation With Miss Cartwright 40:05 Read by Angel5
16-Charles Mowbray's Arrival at the Park 15:32 Read by Angel5
17-Charles's Amusement at His Sister's Appearance 12:18 Read by Angel5
18-Charles Walks Over to Oakley 15:39 Read by Angel5
19-Mr. Steven Corbold 18:04 Read by Angel5
20-Mr. Steven Corbold Returns With Mrs. Mowbray and Helen to Wrexhill 17:19 Read by Angel5
21-The Return 11:30 Read by Angel5
22-The Vicar and His Cousin 14:21 Read by Angel5
23-Charles's Sorrow 29:20 Read by Angel5
24-Discussion on Truth 14:39 Read by Angel5
25-Fanny's Religion 25:38 Read by Angel5
26-Charles's Conference with Mrs. Mowbray 20:32 Read by Angel5
27-The Vicar's Progress 25:41 Read by Angel5
28-Mrs. Simpson's Charitable Visit 21:35 Read by Angel5
29-The Entry 18:39 Read by Angel5
30-Walk to Oakley 18:14 Read by Angel5
31-Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright's Letter 12:07 Read by Angel5
32-The Widow Simpson's Disappointment 19:05 Read by Angel5
33-Charles's Interview with His Stepfather 17:13 Read by Angel5
34-The Vicar's Prosperity 19:59 Read by Angel5
35-The Vicar at Home 25:17 Read by Angel5
36-A Second Visit to the Lime Tree 17:15 Read by Angel5
37-The Will 17:58 Read by Angel5
38-The Letter-Bag 22:02 Read by Angel5
39-The Will Executed 15:47 Read by Angel5
40-The Serious Fancy Fair 31:59 Read by Angel5
41-The "Elopement" 30:01 Read by Angel5
42-Mr. Corbold's Adventures 28:03 Read by Angel5
43-A Change Comes O'er the Spirit of Her Dream 16:06 Read by Angel5
44-In Which Sundry Visits Are Made 20:14 Read by Angel5
45-Mrs. Cartwright's Last Will and Testament 11:14 Read by Angel5



(5 stars)

I have listened to most of the Anthony Trollope books found here. His plots and characters always have interesting aspects, but at some point I almost always become extremely annoyed with the endless descriptions of wills and inheritance-complications. When I saw the listing of a novel by his mother, Frances Milton Trollope, I was curious. I wondered how his mother's work would compare. In a broad sense the themes do seem very similar, as the plot involves a questionable will and an interfering local vicar. But to be perfectly honest, I found this work superior and more daring than most of the son's novels. The pacing seemed better. I don't want to give away plot developments, so will simply say that an understanding of how the vicar's hypocritical and controlling teachings affect his own family are absolutely as relevant today. Odd that this work predates Anthony's novels by some 50 years, and yet in a very real sense it seems more modern. Perhaps this is because hypocrites and control freaks are always with us. I must also add that the solo reader was excellent.

The vicar of Wrexhill

(4 stars)

A meaty and satirical story about the ascent and dominion of a canting hypocritical village parson (with references to Molière ‘s Tartuffe).Frances Trollope paints a vivid picture of young people living in 1834 who are more lively and spirited than is often depicted. The sanctimonious vicar and his acolytes are also deliciously drawn, oozing unctuous sentiments which grated on the ears of the established Church of England parishioners and which are even more ghastly and amusing to the modern day reader .

The Vicar of Wrexhill

(5 stars)

entertaining story with an excellent reader. she made the character mr cartwright really come alive. it is sad to know that clergymen till today are corrupt and detestable. however we shall still be persuaded that the truth remains and there are those who will be saved by it such as the character henrietta.

(3 stars)

would have emjoyed this a lot better if the reader was not reading a mile a minute...much too fast-I found it hard to keep up. for me much too fast a pace. for somone else it maybe ok. I just had to listen to the end to hear the villian Vicker get his deserved come-uppance!

(4.5 stars)

A very enjoyable book, very intresting to listen to. The story about a rogue evangelical vicar who enthralls and brainwashes his women parishners with christian fanatiscism whilst encouraging hostile relations within families to know means but personal gain; keeps you entertained and has a natural easy flow and pace to it.

(5 stars)

A bit long winded and full of religious material that requires a knowledge of COE politics in the 19th century but an interesting story with interesting characters. I did not know that Anthony Trollope had a novelist mother. All in all a good listen and well read.

Awesome awesome story

(5 stars)

such a GREAT STORY! wow - couldn't stop listening. To the reader: you have a beautiful voice when you're not attempting accents that add nothing to the story! Read it straight!!!

highly recommended

(5 stars)

Amazing story, amazing reader. No wonder Anthony Trollope was so talented being a son of such a mother. The only thing I regertted in the plot was poor Mrs Mowbray's death.