Doctor Thorne : Chronicles of Barsetshire

  • by Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Chronicles of Barsetshire
  • 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Philadelphus

great prose beautifully read

great prose beautifully read. my favourite author, so pleased to have found him on 'audio'
does he pre dat jane austin as there are certsinly echoes i her novels.
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- esther curry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.