When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn. However, the truth turns out to be even stranger than fiction.
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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.
A voracious reader from the age of five, I'm quite new to audiobooks, but looking forward to hearing some great stories. I loathe vampires.
Yes, I would. I have read this book (in print) many times, but Juliet Stephenson's performance was a marvel, and it enhanced my experience of reading the book, and my understanding of the book and its subtle nuances, in a way that repeated reading of the print book had not. Brava!
It's hard to choose one of Catherine's foolish adventures based on flawed supposition, but I think I like the "ebony and gold chest" best. Or perhaps the story that Henry spins for her about what she expects to find at the Abbey, which is richly detailed even as it pokes fun at itself.
I listened to her narration of "Persuasion". That's what prompted me to buy this one.
I wouldn't say it is better than the print version. It's the same great story, just delivered by a different medium. For example, if you currently loathe the thought of reading a print book, because you are a uni student who is exhausted by the idea of reading anything other than a Facebook status, and cannot bear physically destroying your eyeballs for a second longer... an audiobook is a glorious option. You can enjoy the things that you love, books and stories, whilst closing your tired and weary eyes, or while cleaning the house which you have neglected for another term paper, or while going for a long walk because procrastinating is the secret skill of students.
It is not better, it is different.
Equally pleasurable in its own unique way.
Other Jane Austen books... you either like them, or you don't. Comparing them to other books is not going to make an individual appreciate the glory that is Northanger Abbey.
I was actually surprised by how much I came to love Juliet Stevenson's performance. One of the things I loathe most about Jane Austen audiobooks is that they are narrated by hordes of dreary old women with affected accents. They are often ghastly.
For example, there is cinematic representation of Mrs Bennett, which is as expected, over the top - as a reader, I do not appreciate the screeching in an affected accent through my headphones.
I do appreciate differentiating between characters with different voices and accents, usually, but somehow in an Austen book, it's usually audiobook destroying (please see above example).
I will never understand why Austen novels are narrated by dying old women, when they are stories about vivacious young women.
However, at first I did not appreciate Juliet Stevenson, because as usual I thought her voice much to mature, but after two chapters she had gained my love and admiration, forever. She captures the wit an cynicism perfectly, even if she is a little bit middle aged, (respectable, not dying). She is properly perfect at narrating Jane Austen's most hilariously hilarious novel. You could literally visualise every raised eyebrow simply from the tone of her voice. JULIET STEVENSON IS A TRULY MAGICAL HUMAN BEING.
Jane Austen, taking the Mickey.
Northanger Abbey is the best Jane Austen novel.
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
This is a great book for lovers of romance novels, and Jane Austen in particular. According to Wikipedia (I know) this was her first novel, but was not published until after her death. The heroine is even more normal than other Austen heroines, so that's fun. The best part (aside from the story) is that the narrator/novelist has a voice and speaks at length about her views on novels/novelists/readers.
The narrator was solid, and non-aggravating, though occasionally her Exclamatory Catherine voice startled me rather more than I thought necessary.
Overall a very enjoyable listen.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome and am having a wonderful life
Very fun - Jane Austen writing about the sweetest fan of Gothic tales yet who is the perfect antiGothic heroine.
Northanger Abbey complements the oh-so-tragic tales of such figures as Heathcliffe and Kathy. However, it oh-so-not such a tale. Only Austen's narrative can make one chuckle at the difference.
Stevenson's portrayals are easily understood, well formed, and never condescending.
Very fun novel. I enjoyed talking to friends about this book and hearing what they'd thought when they'd read it.
Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.
Best reading I've heard. Juliet Stevenson is probably the best reader of Jane Austen books available. She does great at voice distinctions between characters, had a great tempo, and reads the story as if she's telling it plus has a great accent.
yes. Juliet Stevenson makes this story come alive. The best audio book narrator I have heard so far. Austen, of course, is classic and the duo makes for a great evening of entertainment
the way Austen writes--so entertaining. The protagonist didn't appear to flavor things with a gothic eye until she reaches Northanger Abbey so it is a bit confusing...as if the first part of the story is a different character. Still, it all pulls together with typical Austen magic. If you like Emma, you'll like Northanger Abbey
thi is my first listen to her narrration and I am now noting books she reads so I can listen
it's a light read about young love with a very imaginative heroine. She's kinda silly like Emma....sweet
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Yes I would, light and fun, it is a quick read but a journey with enjoying
The fun made of the style of novel prevalent at the time of writing is both entertaining and sharp
Several, she is wonderful and as such I hunt down her performances
Enjoyable in one setting or split over several, worth a couple of listens either way.
I read the other audible reviews before trying this book, and yes it's very different to her other books... But I really enjoyed it! It is meant to be a satire of the popular gothic fiction books of the period. I found the satire and the comedy quite refreshing and I loved the character of Henry Tilvany and his comical speeches to Catherine when they are dancing.
Yes, the book isn't as highly polished as her other novels but definitely worth a read if you enjoy classic Austen.
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