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!
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.
This was an amazing listen. I didn't want it to end. The first hour was a little dry as Trollope set up the arena of characters and their background. After that ... It was a wonderful ride. If you love Trollope and a great story, this is for you. It was also fun hearing about previous Barsetshire characters that we met in other books. I kept hoping Lady Glencora Palliser would drop in for a visit. Sadly, no. Just the Duke of Omnium made an appearance. Timothy West did a wonderful job reading this book to me. I loved his rendition of Lady Gresham. She was an annoying mother and West made her shine. Lucky you if you have this book. Enjoy!
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!