Doctor Thorne

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anthony Trollope
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2012
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

Anthony Trollope once said, "A novel should give a picture of common life enlivened by humor and sweetened by pathos." Trollope admirably fulfills his own criteria in this charming third novel in the Chronicles of Barsetshire.
When Doctor Thomas Thorne adopts his niece, Mary, he chooses to keep secret her illegitimate birth as he introduces her to the best local social circles. There she meets and falls in love with Frank Gresham, heir to a vastly mortgaged estate. With such a deeply depleted fortune, Frank is obliged to find a wealthy wife. And so, at the behest of his mother, Mary is banished and Frank proposes to woman deemed financially appropriate, despite his unfailing love for Mary.
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. The question is, will he reveal the secret before it's too late?
Where fiery passion fails, understated English virtues of patience, persistence, and good humor prevail in this most appealing of Trollope's novels.

Reviews (3)

Written by Robert B. on June 4th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It may be peculiar in this day and age to love these sweet corny old tales but I do. Anthony Trollope is a master of characterization and Simon Vance is BRILLIANT at bringing all the characters to life.

Dr. Thorne

Written by Eve Howard from Las Vegas, NV on June 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Marti Waller is right, Trollope was born two years too soon to actually be the reincarnation of Austen, but he is surely channeling her. This novel is a witty delight with characters you MUST love as much as Trollope does.

Doctor Thorne

Written by Marti Waller on August 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent. Much like Jane Austen but from a man's point of view. Great humor and wonderful reader. You'll love it.

Author Details

Author Details

Trollope, Anthony

1815-1882