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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!
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!
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.
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.
"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.
"I wish this had been abridged!"
An intelligent and interesting reading by Timothy West of a massively over-long novel. I'd really have appreciated an abridged version of this one - cutting it by at least a third. By half way through all the threads of the story have been laid out and it's just a matter of time until the plot's neatly tied up. But what a time that takes! The action stalls and then simply goes round and round the exact same course: He loves her, she loves him, he needs to marry a rich wife, she's poor but oh so so worthy. I know they had a lot of time in those days to ponder these problems over and over, but I felt as though I'd been trapped in a corner by the most boring person in the room recounting their miseries interminably. I even took to scrolling forward repeatedly to escape yet another discussion of the same old ground. And here I am, with all the ends in plain view, and I find there's still another two hours of angst before it's finished! Arggghhh. Will I get to finish it? Do I care? Let's just discuss that a few times ...
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