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Can it be right to persist in a bigamous marriage? Mr Peacocke, a classical scholar, has come to Broughtonshire with his beautiful American wife to live as a schoolmaster. But when the blackmailing brother of her first husband - a reprobate from Louisiana - appears at the school gates, their dreadful secret is revealed and the county is scandalised.

With its scathing depiction of American manhood, it's jousting with convention, and its amiable, egotistical protagonist, Dr Wortle's School is one of the sharpest and most engaging of Trollope's later novels.

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  • Joseph R
  • 29 08 2009

What is a Little Bigamy Among Friends?

Timothy West turned in his usual five star performance with this story. He has an amazingly flexible voice, narrating seemingly without effort bringing out the nuances of Trollope's work. This narrative was of special interest to me because the two villains as well as the heroine are fellow Louisianans. I say the two villains but actually I think their blackest crimes are almost venial in comparison to the evil done by the gossiping women, particularly Mrs. Stanalope in this story. Indeed, the pain and damage inflicted by gossips is a real evil today as it was during the time of this story.

Trollope had a talent for picking hot topics, in this case, the heroine was a bigamist albeit unwittingly. This subject is just as hot today judging from stories in the press. What paper or television news program could restrain itself from leading with such a story? Trollope, I think rather liked taking on heroines with flaws. For instant, in Doctor Thorne the lady was born illegitimate. In essence, Trollope digs a hole for himself to scramble out dragging his heroine with him. The author's job is to make the reader like the heroine. Bigamy certainly didn't make his job any easier but these stories sold newspapers, then and now.

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  • murray
  • 29 10 2012

trollope rocks!

What did you love best about Dr Wortle's School?

just loved all the characters and the story just moved right along - sorry it ended so soon

What did you like best about this story?

the shock of the storyline - couldn't believe it in victorian times

Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favorite?

the doctor who timothy west plays to perfection - makes you see that person.

Any additional comments?

as much as i love mr. west i am always amused the way he portrays american women with a deep voice

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  • Claire
  • 18 04 2012

Trollope is amazing, and Timothy West is amazing

This is my first and only review of a Trollope novel. It is not my favourite of his novels, but I think it’s in the top five. I love ALL of Trollope’s novels and have listened to almost all of them available on Audible.

I’m a fan of classic fiction and I appreciate good classical writing. My favourite another’s are Dostoevsky, Jane Austen, Willkie Collins… and now Trollope. I went through an Audible Trollope marathon and started to find the books all resembled one another so much I was losing track of which characters stared in which books. So I went on to some modern fiction (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) and some other classics like the Count of Monte Cristo and Madame Bovary. Then I went back to Trollope and am now convinced that he is one of the best writers I’ve come across. His characters make you love them AND hate them, sympathize with them AND censure them. I’m very sad that I’ve almost listened to them all.

My favourite is The Way We Live Now, but they are all really good. I recommend listening to the chronicled books in their proper sequence, so you don’t get confused (there are websites that can help) and I recommend the recordings narrated by Timothy West; his voice is perfect for these novels.

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  • Lynn Darling
  • 22 11 2011

A modest Trollope gem

If you are already a Trollope addict you'll enjoy this sharply etched study of manners and morals among the rural Victorian clergy and gentry. If you're new to the master, start with one of the more famous classics, where the pace is faster and the humour more pronounced. Timothy West, as always, is superb.

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  • Anicee Apple
  • 02 04 2015

Wonderful story

Excellent story and narration. Thoroughly enjoyed each characters. I love the spunk of the doctor and how he ran his school and selected the applicants.

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  • Philip
  • 09 06 2010

well-done

Trollope is no too popular these days, which is a shame. This a good story, with modern sensibilities. The narration is excellent, with the exception of Mrs. Peacock's voice. Fortunately, as in much of Dickens, the female characters in Trollope are not very important actors, so this is not such a big deal.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 25 08 2017

Charming and short

Dr Wortle is a fiercely loyal man whose very loyalty brings about a terrible crisis for him. A married couple at the school turn out to be not quite married. All of Trollope's most charming traits as a writer are in evidence, and Timothy West gives his usual sterling performance.

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  • Tally D Lykins
  • 09 03 2017

Excellent Book

What did you love best about Dr Wortle's School?

The issue was interesting and the character development was good. The writing is excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was interesting to watch the process Dr. Wortle went through in working out many trying situations.

Which scene was your favorite?

The interaction between the Dr. and his wife in discussing the viability of their daughters' long engagement.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it was enjoyable, but I needed occasional breaks.

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  • Arlene
  • 15 03 2010

Dr Wortle's School

Timothy West reads the book with great clarity. The characters are clearly delineated. Trollope has the ability to describe a character so that you are able to know not only what they look like but how they think and act. Timothy West does justice to the author and I was completely absorbed in the story from beginning to end. The mark of a great author is that even though this is set in a time far removed from ours as regards marriage, living in sin and other moral situations we can easily identify with the moral dilemmas.

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  • Anne
  • 02 06 2014

Great storytelling, beautifully read

This is a short, stand alone Trollope novel revolving around morality and the clergy. The characters are well drawn and the moral dilemma at the heart of the story is dealt with compassionately.
I have listened to the Palliser and Barcherster series and Timothy West's reading of Trollope is a great treat.
The book was published more than a century ago and some of the ideas and language are peculiar to that time.

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  • tonyridgway
  • 20 01 2015

Typically Trollope.

Brilliant narration . An excellent story with subtle humour and an intriguing plot.I feel that Dr.Wortle must be at the very least half cousin to Barchesters Archdeacon Grantly.

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  • bibliophile
  • 27 09 2014

Very enjoyable.

Perhaps not to everyone's taste, but this is a very enjoyable narrative, and it is expertly read.

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  • p m wootton-davies
  • 19 06 2014

Gentle tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes Because it is a very interesting reflection on the time it was written

Who was your favorite character and why?

The curate, because he was an old fashioned gentleman

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The reconciliation at the end

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No It was a book to listen to at leisure

Any additional comments?

Anthony Trollop's stories are all worth reading or listening to

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  • David
  • 05 11 2017

A situation no longer remarkable

The moral dilemma Dr Wortle finds himself and to which he responds in what I think most of us these days would consider an enlightened and compassionate manner must have been pretty revolutionary at the time - at least, Trollope's treatment of it must have been. I read another review, suggesting Trollope's attitude was 'compassionate' and I think one can't improve on that description. That's one of the great joys of Trollope's writing: his attitudes to a number of things are way ahead of his time and his characters, particularly his women, have credible intellects and he appears to value their opinions - compare Dickens, whose women, though vastly entertaining, are almost all either monsters or ninnies.

So: another interesting and enjoyable story and, as ever, Timothy West is perfectly matched to the material. The man is a master of this. There seem to be some titles still that he hasn't recorded...can someone from Audible ensure he record the remaining ones and that as soon as possible?

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  • AReader
  • 20 08 2017

Wonderful

Would you consider the audio edition of Dr Wortle's School to be better than the print version?

Timothy West's narration makes you realise that Trollope is a satirist. It's not cosy at all.

What did you like best about this story?

The believability of many of the characters. Dr Wortle, and most of high society.

What does Timothy West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The way his reading brought out the hypocrisy and cowardice of Victorian society and almost makes you laugh sometimes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be worth it, though it is rather long!

Any additional comments?

Trollope had to have a happy ending and a love story, which may seem a bit perfunctory.

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  • fay
  • 29 10 2016

Unexciting Not one of his best.

love Trollope and have read a great deal of his work. I am glad this wasn't one of the first or I might not have gone on to read his others so quickly. As ever Timothy West was brilliant.

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  • Susan Whitehead
  • 08 03 2016

Dr Whortle's School

A very good story, well readby Timothy West. It was fairly short but nevertheless very interesting