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Northanger Abbey | [Jane Austen]

Northanger Abbey

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.
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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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    Susan Moiseev Southfield, MI USA 06-20-15
    Susan Moiseev Southfield, MI USA 06-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Lesser Austen, superior Sevenson"

    Silly trifle of a book but enjoyment of it enhanced by the excellent narrator! Juliet Stevenson is excellent

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    Robin Love Denver, CO 06-19-15
    Robin Love Denver, CO 06-19-15

    girl wonder

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    "You Can't Go Wrong with Jane Austen"

    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.

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    Rosanne Font 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fairly uneventful"

    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.

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    based on review and description I am very disappointed... whole lots of chatting and very little interesting material...

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    Lorri 06-12-15
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    Finished only because I paid for it. very disappointed in the story. seemed to drag on with miniscule things. could have been so much better.

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    Arsenio Paez 06-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    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.

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    dmac62x 06-11-15
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    "In a word...dull"

    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.

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    RueRue 06-10-15
    RueRue 06-10-15

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    "Delightful !"

    Just a delight ! Exceptional narration and the wonderful prose of Jane Austen. Loved it !

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    W. Barron Richmond, British Columbia Canada 06-10-15
    W. Barron Richmond, British Columbia Canada 06-10-15 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Enhanced experience of a familiar, favourite book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Northanger Abbey to be better than the print version?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Northanger Abbey?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to her narration of "Persuasion". That's what prompted me to buy this one.


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    "Not one of the most riveting Austin Novels"

    The author did a very good job with all the characters... But the Austin heroine here was not quite as sympathetic as her other novels.

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