Doctor Thorne

Written by:
Anthony Trollope
Narrated by:
Nicholas Clifford

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
21 hours 59 minutes
Doctor Thorne is the third of Trollope's Barsetshire novels, and unlike some of the others, has little to do with the politics and personalities of the Church of England, or politics on the national level (though there is lots of politicking in the mythical county of Barsetshire itself). The plot revolves around the illegitimate Mary Thorne, who has been lovingly raised by her uncle, a country doctor, and who, as she comes of age, finds herself wondering whether she is a lady (in the county sense of the term). Frank Gresham, son of the squire of Greshamsbury, is in love with her (much against the wishes of his noble de Courcy relatives at the Castle), but she dismisses his affection at first as mere puppy love, thereby setting the scene for a series of entanglements, social, romantic, and of course, financial and propertied (never far from the action in Trollope's works). Their resolution, of course, makes up the meat of the novel. One critic has remarked that in Doctor Thorne Trollope succeeds in one of the most difficult tasks an author of fiction can face: how to make genuinely good people genuinely interesting, so that they engage not only the sympathies but also the interest of readers. (Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)
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Great classic English novel, perfectly narrated. This was my first Trollope novel and the tongue in cheek humour I found delightful as well as the detailed description of characters and emotion. Thoroughly enjoyed the tale though quite predictable.

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A good story, beautifully written and engaging. A real period piece. The narration was good but it is rather disconcerting hearing such a quintessentially English story read with an American accent!

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Loved the book. So satisfying to listen to. Great characters. Great plots. The narrator is beautifully clear and adds just enough drama without getting in the way of the story.

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