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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!
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.
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.
Once again a brilliant narration by West. The narrative is brought to life through him.
This wonderful novel was brought to life with the marvellous narration of Timothy West. I felt like I was listening to a theatrical performance. It was just superb. I am loving each of The Barchester Chronicles as much as the last. Anthony Trollope deserves so much more recognition for his story telling.
"great book, brilliant reader!"
I thought this "audible" version very enjoyable
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.
"Brilliant story made even better by Timothy West"
Trollope's humour is fabulous but I would have missed a lot of it if it hadn't been for Timothy West's rendition.
"So well read - a joy"
A delight to listen to. Characters and plot come to life. So much better than trying to read it!!
"Dr Thorne in best form"
3rd part of the Barchester Series read by Timothy West. The embodiment of Anthony Trollope.
"Jane Austen eat your heart out !"
Wonderful clever story. Trollope's writing is very undervalued, he captures the essence of his characters beautifully and together with
the narration by Timothy West who gives the characters believable
voices. A pleasure to hear.
Lovely story by Anthony Trollope, with wonderfully humorous observances of his own characters.
And Timothy West is the absolute master reader, none better.
I listened to the audio in anticipation of the ITV/Julian Fellowes production which I found very disappointing. This audio gives you the whole delightful Trollope experience.
Many hours of absolute pleasure! Trollope gently pokes fun at human foibles in his beautifully written novel, which is read absolutely brilliantly by Timothy West - the perfect combination.
"wonderful story well told."
Trollope deserves a revival. he is a most accomplished and amusing writer. This story held ones attention from the start and Timothy West is an excellent reader.
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