The protagonist, Dr Thorne is a character for which the reader becomes quite fond. He is a complex and strong character. The dilemmas which the author presents are typical of those of the time and setting. This book is part of a series and I enjoyed it immensely. Characters become part of the overall saga and this in itself is interesting. The performance is brilliant.
I am an Anthony Trollop fan because I like to listen to books when I am doing other things and he makes me laugh out loud since his characters are so real and applicable to people today, especially in the Church and Politics.
It's exactly like all the other Barsetshire Books.
Yes. I particularly love his readings and his voice is very easy on the ears.
"fabric artist and quilter"
Having listened to the previous novel in the series, Barchester Towers, which had me chuckling to myself, I raced to download Dr Thorne. Unfortunately Trollope lets the cat out of the bag with the plot towards the very beginning and its a long listen to the end waiting to see if there is a twist.
There is the usual observational wit and cutting sarcasm this time aimed at the landed gentry but it sort of misfired. The Countess was a insufferable snob, Lady Arabella an even bigger snob and the Squire completely ineffectual - all stereotypes which we can all recognise and have seen in many a bonnet drama.
Timothy West was a delight and in this novel kept me listening to the end, without his outstanding performance I don't know if I would have kept going.
In a series there are the gems and there are the weak links - I hope that the next novel is an improvement on this one or it might be time to go and listen to the Palliser series - I'm not giving up on Trollope yet ... and nor should you!
While this novel is clearly writing for an earlier era and may safely be categorized as "chic lit," it will be enjoyed by those who also find the novels of Jane Austin a treat. What the plot lacks is thrills and surprises the quality of the writing more than makes up for.
Mr. West is the perfect narrator for this piece. He is Doctor Thorne.
A great historical romance in the style of Downton Abbey. Set a generation before DA; if you enjoy a novel of manners and the ins and outs of social class and marrying for money, Trollope's novel definitely delivers.
Timothy West is an amazing narrator. While the story is a wonderful snapshot of time and place, Mr. West's narration brings it to life. I am now planning to listen to the rest of the Trollope novels that Mr. West narrates.
I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!
The narrator was the best part of the story. If you enjoy a predictable outcome and reiteration throughout a story this ones for you!
I love Jane Austen. I had hoped that Anthony Trollope's 19th century "Dr. Thorne" about two lovers facing opposition to their planned marriage would be similar to Austen's love stories which are engrossing and entertaining. But Trollope's style of writing was so tedious and the story itself so predictable, that even with a happy ending it felt hollow. The one saving grace was the narrator, Timothy West. He gives an excellent, nuanced performance that drew me into the story, and at times, made me smile. Just wish he had a more satisfying story to tell.