Northanger Abbey was always my least favorite Jane Austen book. With Juliet's superb narration, I understand the genius of the story in it's comic simplicity. I have listened to every Jane Austen book of Juliet's narration and I'm happy to say this one will be repeated as often as the others.
I keep wondering why women are clamoring to read this book. The hot, steamy sex shriveled up and died after about the third sexual act in one day. The dom/submissive stuff was a complete turn-off for me. Back in the 70's, bodice-rippers perpetuated the notion that if you love a man hard enough, he'll change. It goes right along with the fantasy that you can stand up to pain, and he'll be gentle. These books tell women if they learn how to submit, they'll find the pain exciting. Nope. Sorry. I don't care how rich and beautiful he is. Don't know why I read all three books, but the last conclusion of the last book left me completely cold.
I usually enjoy a book so much more than a movie, so when I saw the movie I was determined to read the book. The stories are completely different. This story did not engage my interest. I was not put off by anything, I simply didn't care what happened to the characters. I was enchanted by the movie and will buy it for my collection.
I have listened to other versions of Pride and Prejudice. Kate Reading is the best by far. I found myself listening to the story and not thinking about the narrator's pitch or tone. I enjoyed the book all over again.
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