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Although quite different from Ms. Austin's later works, I thoroughly enjoyed this, her first. Her lyrical writing that allows her readers entry into the minds and hearts of her characters was enjoyed from the start. Other aspects of her writing that made her later works worthy of great literary significance were also present, but in less developed form. This assertion, however, did not detract one bit from the pleasure I experienced in reading "Northanger Abbey," with one exception. The ending was wrapped up much too quickly and I felt deprived of learning of and experiencing the particulars of an ending of which I can say no more, so as not to spoil it for those lucky people who are have not read (sadly) this, my last of Austin's books.
A sweet and twisting tale of love, misunderstandings and the excitement of youth. I always feel elevated after a Jane Austen novel, like I did something good for myself!
Reader, reviewer, blogger
There's nothing like a Jane Austin novel to demonstrate the family values of the Regency period in England. This story, of a rather sheltered young woman and her wild imagination, shows the horrors of reading too many novels. Plenty of humor throughout and misunderstandings galore. Absolutely top shelf narration is the icing on the cake.
I have never "read" a Jane Austin book before, but listening to this one was quite entertaining as well as historically interesting. A light book, full of fun.
A long time fan and frequent re-reader of Jane Austin's books, when I decided I wanted to listen to Austin, I found it hard to find a narrator I could tolerate. Finally, I stumbled upon Juliet Stevenson and at last found a narrator who, for me, captured Jane Austin. If I were to compare her to someone else, I'd have to say Simon Vance reading Charles Dickens - a pure delight to listen to.
I will be seeking out more Jane Austin narrated by Juliet Stevenson, and I see that she's recorded other classics as well. Yeah!
Reviewer for Delighted Reader Blog
I would state that it is definitely a good way to enjoy the original work of Jane Austen and has merit in its own way. The book is fantastic in this format.
Isabella Thorp, 'friend' to the heroine
She is appalling and in your face selfish even though the heroine is innocent in the way of people and doesn't realize it until much later. Her flaws are just so pronounced that she was a source of high amusement.
What was not to like! She channeled her inner Jane Austen and her own sense of tone, timing, emotion, and wit so that the 'narrator' was as well beloved as the rest of the cast of this story.
If I could, I would have. As it was, I set aside other things to listen.
For those who are first coming to the classics or Jane Austen, this story is a light, bit of whimsy that makes a good place to start. It is told tongue firmly in cheek and has some laugh out loud moments along with sweet ones, too.
Juliet Stevenson is a great film actress, and a great voice actress as well. The works she reads come alive. Northanger Abbey is Jane Austen's liveliest, most satiric, and most cynical novel. She often steps out to address the reader directly, and those asides are some of the most amusing moments in the book. 10/10, will read again
Juliet Stevenson portrays male and female characters with ease and distinction. I was never confused as to whom was speaking. Her understanding of the characters' motivations enabled her to add inflection and tone that enhanced my understanding.
As always, Jane Austen's writing is superb, witty and instructive as regards human nature. Loved it!
Dark Shadows fanatic
The narrator's portrayal of the heroine was perhaps a bit too vapid, though perhaps Miss Austen really did write her that way to a certain degree. At any rate, I found humor and wit in the writing and the character. The heroine, Catherine Moreland, has some character flaws, largely developed in her by an addiction to Gothic novels. Miss Austen's satirical treatment of that genre makes this a very engaging novel.
Although this is not even my favorite Jane Austen, Juliet Stevenson's performance is so wonderful (as always) that it has improved the novel, in my opinion! This is a fun novel, though, and Katherine's naïveté is a delightful foil against the duplicitous and shallow characters she meets on her first trip into society. Henry Tilney's growing feelings for her are subtly expressed and make for a fun story as well. He really gets a kick out of Katherine! The well-summarized happy endings in Jane Austen books are a delightful departure from the usual hardships of real life. Sorry about that spoiler. Sorry if I am misspelling any names, as I often do after "reading" audiobooks!