Doctor Thorne


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

(4.8 stars; 137 reviews)

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)

(21 hr 56 min)

Chapters

01 - The Greshams of Greshamsbury 41:10 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
02 - Long, Long Ago 28:20 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
03 - Doctor Thorne 36:22 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
04 - Lessons from Courcy Castle 46:05 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
05 - Frank Gresham's First Speech 23:43 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
06 - Frank Gresham's Early Loves 26:17 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
07 - The Doctor's Garden 25:08 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
08 - Matrimonial Prospects 33:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
09 - Sir Roger Scatcherd 24:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
10 - Sir Roger's Will 25:26 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
11 - The Doctor Drinks His Tea 18:37 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
12 - When Greek Meets Greek, Then Comes the Tug of War 27:48 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
13 - The Two Uncles 22:24 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
14 - Sentence of Exile 36:30 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
15 - Courcy 20:41 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
16 - Miss Dunstable 24:11 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
17 - The Election 37:46 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
18 - The Rivals 36:28 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
19 -The Duke of Omnium 22:29 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
20 - The Proposal 19:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
21 - Mr. Moffat Falls Into Trouble 33:44 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
22 - Sir Roger is Unseated 21:59 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
23 - Retrospective 22:54 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
24 - Louis Scatcherd 28:39 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
25 - Sir Roger Dies 35:29 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
26 - War 25:51 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
27 - Miss Thorne Goes on a Visit 30:56 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
28 - The Doctor Hears Something to His Advantage 27:20 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
29 - The Donkey Ride 35:15 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
30 - Post Prandial 18:14 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
31 - The Small End of the Wedge 25:16 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
32 - Mr. Oriel 21:16 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
33 - A Morning Visit 26:11 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
A Barouche and Four Arrives at Greshamsbury 42:39 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
35 - Sir Louis Goes Out to Dinner 21:40 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
36 - Will He Come Again? 19:34 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
37 - Sir Louis Leaves Greshamsbury 21:29 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
38 - De Courcy Precepts and de Courcy Practice 36:00 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
39 - What the World Says about Blood 22:55 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
40 - The Two Doctors Change Patients 21:05 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
41 - Doctor Thorne Won't Interfere 23:38 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
42 - What Can You Give in Return? 31:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
43 - The Race of Scatcherd Becomes Extinct 24:14 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
44 - Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning 29:27 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
45 - Law Business in London 24:43 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
46 - Our Pet Fox Finds a Tail 29:14 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
47 - How the Bride Was Received, and Who Were Asked to the Wedding 36:55 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

Reviews

Excellent story , narrated to perfection by Nicholas Clifford.

(5 stars)

Great Reading of a Neglected Book

(5 stars)

Many great series have books where people stop their progress through the journey; people read The Inferno, but rarely proceed through Purgatorio or Paradiso; they read The Three Musketeers, but rarely go on to the thrilling Twenty Years After or the massive Vicomte de Bragelonne. This is the Barsetshire novel that holds that same position. If you have already experienced the exquisite sentiment of The Warden and the hilarious panorama of Barchester Towers, I cannot urge you enough to keep going. The book feels different, but stick with it and within a few chapters, you will be hooked. Trollope is a fantastic author deserving of far more appreciation than he receives. The reader does a marvelous job and I am grateful for his effort to make this a solo work. I hope he will generously provide us solo recordings of Trollope's other works, especially the other Barsetshire an Palliser novels. Thank you for an excellent reading of a truly enchanting book.

Another almost wonderful Novel

(3 stars)

Anthony Trollope just can't help but inject himself into this story, and needlessly, I might add! It did nothing but anger me, as it was so unnecessary & smacked of arrogance. No one cares if you're adding a letter written by one of the characters and you've not done so before! It felt as though someone were knocking on the door whilst I was trying to listen to the Novel. Intrusive & rude. Our LibriVox Volunteer was tremendous, as always, Thank you, Nicholas!

Highly Recommend!

(5 stars)

I’ve now listened to four Trollope novels in a row, and I love the fully-fleshed characters and the long sweeping story arcs. Dr. Thorne has been one of my favorites so far, especially for its tongue-in-cheek humor. Mr Clifford was a wonderful reader. I warmed to his voice right away, it was almost as if I could see that he had a smile on his face as I listened to him. I highly recommend this recording!

Marry for money!

(5 stars)

SPOILER ALERT!! Being a guy, books that have a lot of romance in them start to lose their charm, and this author puts quite a bit of it in, but his characters are so rich and his story engrossing, that I find I can put that aside and enjoy the story.The lesson of the book: “marry for money!” And if I might add one spoiler, “Mary for money.”

Fell in love with the characters

(5 stars)

First of all, wonderful voice for the reading. The first three chapters are "set up" for the rest of the story, so don't get discouraged. Hang in there, and a moving muti-family story unfolds. I really didn't want it to end!

Trollope the control freak

(4 stars)

Nice reading; not too many whinging “muhma”s. Makes me wonder about Trollope the man, who created these characters and then teases them around. It’s pretty draggy in the last quarter, full of explosive surprises that aren’t.

another great Trollope

(5 stars)

Only Trollope can give you such a simple story, stretch it out to 47 chapters and still make every chapter a delight. And brilliantly read. what could be better?