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!
All of Trollope's not inconsiderable gifts are on display here--the gentle humor, the deeply-understood and well-described characters, the thoroughly modern insights into our human natures, both good and bad. The roles, personalities and expectations for women and men are profoundly Victorian yet the glimmerings of a more progressive understanding of the world are there. The situations, the comic-relief bit-players, the comedy and the tragedy--all of if is here in heaping measure.
And yet--perhaps the portion here is just that much too generous. I left both 'The Warden' and 'Barchester Towers' hungry for more, sorry to see the stories end. Here--despite yet another magnificent performance by Timothy West--I found myself shouting "Get on with it already!!!" more than once.
There is too much goodness here for me to suggest that anyone NOT read 'Doctor Thorne'. It is a joy. I am moving immediately on to 'Framley Parsonage', and I will see whether this volume is (ever so slightly) a weak link in the series, or whether I need to take a break.
Loved the story, loved the readers voice and wished there would be another story like it!
Thank you so much!
There is so much Trollope, and so little time. If you only have time or inclination for one Trollope, this is the one to do. And Timothy West handles the dialogue and the parts in between those perfect Victorian conversations as if he had been there and knows exactly how each character would (or did) speak in their time and place. This book was published more than 150 years ago (1858). But families are families whenever they are, and almost every one of the characters in this story feels like someone we know from our own lives.
This novel is one of Trollope's greatest, and therefore in my opinion one the greatest of the 19th century -- in English or any other language. I believe the basic outline of the plot may have been suggested to Trollope by a contemporary. Partly as a result, Trollope may have thought less of this work than its merit deserved and contemporaneous popularity suggested. The basic plot, incidentally, is simple, excellent, and emotionally powerful.
I listened to Timothy West's wonderful narration of the book about 40 years after reading the print version. I thought Trollope's 3rd Barsetshire novel was terrific when reading it four decades ago, but it seems even more brilliant and affecting in this narration. If the listener remembers the basic plot and some of its memorable highlights, listening to a gifted actor read the novel allows her to admire Trollope's wonderful prose style and methods of achieving dramatic events.
I think Trollope was wrong to deprecate the novel because someone else may have proposed the crucial plot element. If you think about the pleasures most readers derive from fiction, a good, clever plot is certainly an important contributor. But there are thousands of novels that prove that good plots can be found in poorly written, unpleasureable books. What a great writer does with even a half decent plot is what produces the magic. In "Dr. Thorne" Trollope combines pathos, comedy, and truly wonderful style to give us one of the best novels in 19th century English fiction. And in this narrated version, Timothy West gives us a terrific rendition of the novel.
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
Another love vs. money book by Anthony Trollope. As always, Timothy west's narration is excellent. What is nice for the reader in this book is the closeness one begins to feel to each of the characters ... Something not always part of the Trollope audio experience. A good choice.