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!
Hang in there. Once you wade through three chapters of setting up the all-new characters from the first two books in the series, the story takes off and is very nice. I plan to continue the series. Narration is top-notch!
Trollope at his best
Timothy West is wonderful. I can't imagine Trollope's books being narrated by anyone else!
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.