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Doctor Thorne | [Anthony Trollope]

Doctor Thorne

Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs.
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Publisher's Summary

Anthony Trollope once said, "A novel should give a picture of common life enlivened by humour and sweetened by pathos." Trollope admirably fulfills his own criteria in this charming third novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire.

Doctor Thorne adopts his niece Mary, keeping secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham - the heir to a vastly mortgaged estate and obliged to find a wealthy wife. Only Doctor Thorne knows that Mary is to inherit a large legacy that will make her acceptable to the otherwise disapproving middle-class society to which Frank belongs. Where fiery passion fails, understated English virtues of patience, persistence, and good humor prevail in this most appealing of Trollope's comedies.

(P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"One of the great English Victorian novelists....A sharp but sympathetic observer of Victorian social and political life." (Daniel S. Burt, The Biography Book)

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    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-14-08
    Connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-14-08 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world through my ears

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    "balm for the soul"

    I agree with a previous reviewer about the value of good 19th century lit as balm for stress! At the same time, this novel presents an interesting portrait of the perception of alcoholism in its day. Trollope seems to highlight a Victorian vice in each movel in he series - that said, all the novels are a comfortable read if your life is too complicated for the angst of contempory lit and you look for prose/characters more substantial than pulp. Although we know there are few real people as sterling as Mary or Dr Thorne, somehow reading about them renews my faith in the potential of human nature.

    Dr Thorne and Barchester Towers seem to me the best of the Barsetshire Chronicles, and Thorne especially can be read as a stand alone novel.

    interesting similarities of detail between Dr Thorneand Gaskell's Wives and Daughters (published later)--- I think Gaskell was a friend /protege of Dickens, and I think Trollope takes a few minor snipes at Dickens' sometimes ham-fistedness in earlier books of the Barsetshire series, so there may be layers of like trivia to uncover as you listen

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 09-17-07
    Doggy Bird Glen Ridge, NJ USA 09-17-07 Member Since 2001

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    "An Unabridged Pleasure!"

    It makes the people who know me laugh at me but I look forward to my 90 minute commute every day because I get to spend time with my latest 'audible' book and no demands from anyone else. This has been especially true for my readings of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, especially 'Doctor Thorne'. I find these wonderful narrations an escape from stress and care and I am grateful for their re-recordings. These new, fresh versions have excellent sound quality and a truly outstanding reader in Simon Vance. For those who savor 19th century English novels, nothing can beat a few hours with Anthony Trollope and Simon Vance. By the time I get home I'm a pleasure to be near again (or at least that's what I like to think).

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 06-27-07
    Herv J. Peairs Massachusetts, USA 06-27-07 Member Since 2005

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    "One of Trollope's best"

    Hooray for Audible for adding this and Framley Parsonage to their library. Doctor Thorne is considered one of Trollope's finest novels. Simon Vance does a nice job reading. Now let's hope they add The Last Chronicle of Barsetshire.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-12-10
    Cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production."

    The story is great, if you like Anthony Trollope -- and I love him. The announcer is great, if you like Simon Vance (and how can you not?). But, of all the audio books I have listened to over the years (hundreds), this is one of the worst productions. I was surprised that it was Blackstone Audio, which is one I generally trust. The sound engineer must have been asleep. Every so ofter, there is an edit where Simon Vance obviously re-read a line or two -- but there is absolutely no attempt to match the pitch, the tone, the level. It can be very disruptive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-12-10
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book. Great announcer. Bad audio production."

    The story is great, if you like Anthony Trollope -- and I love him. The announcer is great, if you like Simon Vance (and how can you not?). But, of all the audio books I have listened to over the years (hundreds), this is one of the worst productions. I was surprised that it was Blackstone Audio, which is one I generally trust. The sound engineer must have been asleep. Every so ofter, there is an edit where Simon Vance obviously re-read a line or two -- but there is absolutely no attempt to match the pitch, the tone, the level. It can be very disruptive.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Western Cape, South Africa 05-07-13
    Joy Western Cape, South Africa 05-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Delicious listening."

    Simon Vance reads the humour between the lines of Trollope's classics in a way that keeps me wanting more. Many threads come together in this 3rd volume, and many also begin here. The rich smorgasbord of characters also offer a great listen, and re-listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 09-24-08
    Ginger Tyrone, PA, United States 09-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Hot & Cold"

    Although I feel a bit "unsophisticated" saying so, there were times in during this book that I couldn't seem to pay attention. It has an incredible amount of descriptive and explanatory passages. That being said, I enjoyed the general story, and found myself either unable to pay attention or loving every second. There was very little middle ground. If you love very descriptive authors, you'll love this. It was a nice love story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-28-14
    Frances Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny social commentary on Victorian England"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like an acerbic version of an English romance


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

    Any Jane Austn, because of the funny class descriptions threading through a serious romance


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

    Yes and he is terrific in this. He does the women's voices very well.


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  • Lynne
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    "A bit less eccentric than Simon Vance's usual mode"

    for the Barchester books but still too 1950's for more than 3 stars. A good book, but all the characters sound as though they have stepped out of a 1950's British film.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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