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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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.
I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.
I should just remember that I hate Jane Austen books and never buy them again!
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.
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