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There are too many great books to listen to books again. That said, if I were to listen to it again, it would be primarily for the brilliant work that Juliet Stevenson did in not only narrating the novel, but in giving life to the various characters in a very believable manner. She showed amazing range in her voice, from the naive, young Catherine to the worldly Henry to the self-absorbed and arrogant Thorpe, the imperious General Tilney, and others.
Any of the classic English period pieces.
I cannot recall offhand if I have listened to any of her other performances. I have listened to over 50 audio books and either her others did not make as much of an impression on me as her excellent work in this one or, more likely, I pay more attention to the narration now than I did in my earlier listens.
No particular moment, it's just a good story of the period. I do appreciate how Jane Austen attempted to convey through her characters the difference between having an aristocratic title or background, and having admirable character.
I cannot say enough about Juliet Stevenson's narration and voice acting in this one. I was so impressed with it that I will actually be seeking out other books that she has narrated. In terms of the book itself, it's a good novel but I did find that there was a section around the middle in which it seemed to devolve from the standard courtship story with insight into various kinds of characters and motives into a sort of Gothic light horror as Catherine explored Northanger Abbey. That part only lasted for a short time and did not play any lasting part in the novel, and seemed an odd digression from the main plot. Without any background in Austen on my part, it almost seemed like an experiment on her part in this genre that she placed in the middle of a novel to try it out.
The voice that the narrator gave the main character was soon insipid and irritating, that in parts with long conversations, I even turned it off a couple times. Besides that, the narration was ok. Personal opinion is that this is the weakest of Jane Austen's work.
Silly trifle of a book but enjoyment of it enhanced by the excellent narrator! Juliet Stevenson is excellent
I bought this book as a daily deal because this is one of the few Jane Austen works I am unfamiliar with. I didn't relate to the main character at all, but she is very likable. I enjoyed the story and the narrator was excellent. My favorite character is the male lead, but even he is pretty flawed. The story is an acerbic take on, well, several topics, lol. Shallowness, "flirting", ignorance, money, and last but not least gothic novels.
The narrator did not change voice for the characters, but it was like listening to Emma Thompson read a story, so she is easy to listen to.
This is my first exposure to Northanger Abbey. As a fan of Jane Austen's I thought it was not quite on par with Pride & Prejudice nor Sense & Sensibility. Though bit trite at the start it did even out eventually with some substance. The intrigue was very mild and the ending a bit bland. Nonetheless Austen's mastery of vocabulary & prose is always a delight.
Wonderful narration on a classic work by H. Austen. Funny, moving, as enjoyable to listen to as to read. The narrator is one of the best for Jane Austen work.
There is precious little excitement in the lives of these characters. The book was a struggle to get through. I abandoned it twice out of sheer boredom, but resumed listening in the hope that it would get better. Sadly, it did not. After 6 hours I gave up for good.