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Doctor Thorne | [Anthony Trollope]

Doctor Thorne

Frank Gresham, son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury, has fallen in love with penniless Mary Thorne. Despite the promptings of his family to consider a Miss Dunstable, heiress to a fortune, Frank's affections persist, and the humane Doctor Thorne, as Mary's protector, must confront the prejudices of the mid-Victorian society.
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Frank Gresham, son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury, has fallen in love with penniless Mary Thorne. Despite the promptings of his family to consider a Miss Dunstable, heiress to a fortune, Frank's affections persist, and the humane Doctor Thorne, as Mary's protector, must confront the prejudices of the mid-Victorian society.

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    Jane MacFarlane 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I love Timothy West"
    Where does Doctor Thorne rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Thorne to and why?

    It's exactly like all the other Barsetshire Books.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy West’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I particularly love his readings and his voice is very easy on the ears.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 10-21-13
    Virginia 10-21-13
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    "Excellent Book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 11-22-12
    Neil Chisholm Buninyong, Australia 11-22-12 Member Since 2011

    "fabric artist and quilter"

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    "Sadly Predictable"

    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!

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    Robin 07-14-13
    Robin 07-14-13

    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 ...

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    "Predictable but charming"

    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.

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  • Susan
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    11/21/13
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    "great book, brilliant reader!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Thorne to be better than the print version?

    I thought this "audible" version very enjoyable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the characters, they are so well described.
    Timothy West has done a first class job of bringing life to the characters. I shall certainly look for any more books narrated by him.


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  • Olive
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    9/18/13
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up Doctor Thorne in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing old-fashioned romance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary. She's 1 of the main characters and she's just lovely


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The very last scene. I didn't want it to end


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea


    Any additional comments?

    The very beginning was a nit confusing. Maybe way too much information at once? But then it was got really interesting.

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  • Nina
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    8/11/08
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    "Audio fiction at its best"

    This reading by Timothy West really cannot be faulted. Even after 21 hours I would have liked more! He really brings all the characters to life. This is a tale of high birth versus the necessity to marry money and is told by Trollop with wit and teasing humour; he is poking fun at the mores of the period but at the same time preaches about the dangers of lives ruined by a drunken lifestyle.

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  • Sarah
    Settle, United Kingdom
    4/24/08
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    "Superb!"

    Please, give us more Timothy West reading Trollope - or anything else for that matter. This book was wonderful

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