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Doctor Thorne is the third audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire. Long regarded as one of Trollope's greatest works, it is a complex story of love, greed and illegitimacy. Set in fictional Barsetshire, it concerns the romantic challenges facing Doctor Thorne's penniless niece, Mary, and Frank Gresham, the only son of the impoverished squire of Greshambury. Mary falls in love with Frank but he is constrained by the need to marry well to restore the family fortunes and Greshambury estate. 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.

Timothy West's narration enhances all the wit and satire that one expects from Trollope. Full of snobbery and hypocrisy, it is a social comedy full of some of Trollope's most brilliant characters.

Narrator Biography

Timothy West is prolific in film, television, theatre and audiobooks. He has narrated a number of Anthony Trollope’s classics, including the six Chronicles of Barsetshire and The Pallisers series. He has also narrated volumes of Simon Schama’s A History of Britain and John Mortimer’s Rumpole on Trial. Timothy West’s theatre roles include King Lear, The Vote, Uncle Vanya, A Number, Quarter, and Coriolanus. His films include Ever After, Joan Of Arc, Endgame, Iris, The Day of the Jackal. On television, Timothy has appeared in Great Canal Journeys, Last Tango in Halifax and Bleak House.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Doctor Thorne is engaging, witty, profoundly moving, and full of emotional strands that seem as relevant today as when it was written. I love it." (Julian Fellowes)

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A Treasure

Timothy West's reading of Trollope is a true treasure. The combined talents of author and reader are staggering.

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  • Saguaro59
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 07-29-16

What a narrator!

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.

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Predictable but very well read

Descriptions can get tedious but characters are simple yet powerful. Enjoyable nonetheless . This was the first Trollope I have read

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  • Candace
  • ISLESBORO, ME, United States
  • 06-07-16

Predictable and Redundant

The narrator was the best part of the story. If you enjoy a predictable outcome and reiteration throughout a story this ones for you!

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Tedious and Predictable

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.

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Fantastic!

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!

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  • NK Turoff
  • New York, NY United States
  • 12-31-15

Can one have too much Trollope?

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.

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Of all the Trollope stories I love this the best!

Loved the story, loved the readers voice and wished there would be another story like it!
Thank you so much!

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Perfect.

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.

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Timothy West is terrific

West has a distinct voice for every character and wonderful expressiveness. The Trollope story is charming as ever.



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  • Grandma- Gateshead
  • 03-01-16

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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  • Knucklebones
  • 09-10-15

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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  • fotini
  • 08-06-15

Rather too wordy

Excellent performance. I doubt I would have stayed e course we're it not fee this s he story is rather drawn out

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  • J A Hibbs
  • 05-18-15

Fantastic insight in to 19c

The language, the humour and the way of life explained with real style. Very good. Story read well with a strong narrative

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  • Olive
  • 09-18-13

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
  • 08-11-08

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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  • SEB
  • 04-24-08

Superb!

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