Hilarious parody on gothic novels: Austen takes her characters for a swirl, never once missing a beat, never once losing control, and afterwards sets them down (caringly, laughing with them, not at them) on their sofas. Juliet Stevenson reads it all with panache.
Juliet Stevenson does a fantstic job with each character. She conveys their unique personalities beautifully. I love this story and enjoyed this audiobook. I highly recommend anything read by Juliet Stevenson.
I enjoyed the book reasonably well enough, though it was no great adventure. The story itself is quite mild, and I found the heroine to be rather bland, more a foolish innocent than a classic romantic icon. Initially I did not think I would even be able to finish the story, as I was experiencing some frustration with the characters, and the way in which they were portrayed through the insipid narration. The Narration was quite simply, awful. I found myself at the start of each sitting wondering how long it would take for the story to unfold, and capture my imagination, diverting my attention from the lack lustre quality of the speech and the sameness of the characters who were each over played.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
An avid Jane Austen fan, I have never much liked "Northanger Abbey". Given the right reader, however, it can be a lot of fun! Juliet Stevenson, I thank you! In this version, I saw the humor and the charm of NA in a way I never had before.
Still not the best Austen book but definitely the best narrator of Austen's work.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
Our young would-be heroine, seventeen year-old Catherine Morland has read one too many Gothic novel in her short life, the latest of which being The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe, one of her favourite authors. When she is taken to the resort town of Bath with a well-to-do older couple who are friends of the family, it is Catherine's first excursion outside her hometown, and she is starved for new adventures and acquaintances. Young Isabella Thorpe is no sooner met than declared to be her best bosom friend ever.
When it is discovered upon his unexpected arrival that Isabella's brother, John Thorpe is best friends with Catherine's brother James Morland, and that James is in love with Isabella, the trio claim young Catherine for their own pursuits. John Thorpe is under the false impression that Catherine is heiress to a great fortune, and the blustering young man decides he will marry our young maiden. Though Catherine may be inexperienced in love, she has eyes only for Henry Tilney, a young clergyman who, surprisingly enough, shares Catherine's passion for Gothic novels, something most men would never have admitted to. Soon after Catherine has befriended her sweetheart's sister, Eleanor Tilney, she is overjoyed when an invitation is extended to spend time with the Tilney's in their home, Northanger Abbey. At the mention of the word "Abbey" Catherine's imagination takes over and she fully expects to discover a decrepit old dwelling filled with loathsome secrets of the kind she has avidly read about in her favourite novels, to great comic effect.
This story is filled with humour to a much greater extent than Jane Austen's other widely read novels. Austen, who was apparently herself a fan of fiction, Gothic and otherwise, obviously greatly enjoyed poking fun at her naive heroine, and also took the opportunity to make a case for the worthiness of novels, of which reading was considered to be an unsuitable pursuit in her day.
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Facile. Unsympathetic stupid characters.
She's wonderful. I met her when listening to The Magician's Elephant. A delight.
Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice and my favorite Persuasion are a much better use of your time.
Jane Austen had a great sense of humor and Juliet Stevenson's delivery brings out the irony beautifully while remaining subtle. I even laughed out loud.
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Laughing a lot!
I have read every other Jane Austin novel, but always overlooked this one - A MISTAKE! This is by far my favorite novel she wrote.
This book kept my interest even though the plot moved very slowly at times. The narrator did a great job with the old english way of speaking and I even laughed at her haughty interpretation of a couple of the wealthy charactors.