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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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    "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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    Amazon Customer 06-09-15
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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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    Hannah 05-19-15
    Hannah 05-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "The best narrator for Jane Austen!"

    I love Juliette Stevenson's characterizations. She really brings each character to life for me. I could listen to her performances repeatedly and. It grow tired.

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    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 04-26-15
    Katherine Mason, OH, United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2010

    I love to read mysteries, histories, biographies, humor, and Jane Austen.

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    "Juliet Stevens reads Austen beautifully"

    This was, I believe, the first novel actually written by Jane Austen, although published much later. It is a gentle spoof of the overblown Gothic horror/romance novels of the day. It differs from Austen's later style but is still fun. Juliet Stevens, as always, narrates beautifully, with well-defined voices for the different characters.

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    Rebecca Adams 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I gave it a shot..."
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was really disappointed. This is the only Jane Austen book that I have not finished. The story itself... *sigh* it's kinda reminded me of a 14 girl that has been praised for her amazing singing voice and goes on American Idol only to get laughed off stage. It was just long and boring, and I just couldn't stay with it.


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    Kathlyn Nelson 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Drama"

    Listening to Jane Austin's books has brought me to a new level of appreciation of the drama and excitement in her novels.

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    K. Wachter 04-19-15
    K. Wachter 04-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A Little Jewel"

    Jane Austen's talents are well used in her story of her anti heroine. It isn't just the heroine we laugh at, but the hero and their friends as well...and thereby we laugh at ourselves. She dispenses with the folly of pretentiousness, pride, and dishonesty as hilariously as she does in her more popular novels. In the end we admire our ordinary Heroine and hero for their goodness, finding that the extradinary characters

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    Lisa 04-18-15
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    "Delightful!"

    Juliet Stevenson is marvelous. Her reading brings this witty and humorous tale to life. Absolute perfection. And Austen is brilliant as always.

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    Longhorn74 02-08-15
    Longhorn74 02-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent rendition"

    Love the story. Became attached to the characters. The narrator added much to the story. Will listen again when I have a chance.

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  • Louisa
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    9/18/12
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    "A perfect reading"

    There isn't much to say really - this is just perfect. The reading is, as usual with Juliet Stevenson, quite beautiful. She brings the characters to life, so that we really empathise with Catherine. Those who have read the Mysteries of Udolpho can enjoy Austen's irony. But even with no prior knowledge of the period, of contemporary literature or history you can just sit back and enjoy the story. Bliss.

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  • Rachel
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    8/7/09
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    "A perfect reading"

    Having listened to two of Juliet Stevenson's readings of Jane Austen's novels, I instantly downloaded this third one. A beautiful narrative of a touching story.

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  • Caroline
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    12/15/08
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    "Juliet Stevenson is fantastic!"

    This is a fabulous book of Jane Austen's and Juliet Stevenson really brings it to life. Her charactisations are perfect - I instantly downloaded more of her readings of Jane Austen!

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  • mollyeyre
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    3/30/15
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    "An old favourite fabulously read"

    Oh! What a glorious rendition of this delightful classic. Juliet Stevenson is so so superb!

    I loved reading this once more. Jane Austen's turn of phrase is so delightfully voiced by Juliet Stevenson. What a glory, and I have 'Emma' just bought and ready to read - also with this narrator - What joy of anticipation!

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  • Miss
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    9/27/14
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    "Excellent"

    There is not really much to say about the content of the book, Jane Austen lovers will enjoy, those new to her, give it a go, she's great! As to the narration, always brilliant from Juliet Stevenson. Enough variation between characters to mark a difference, without creating silly voices. So easy and charming to listen to.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely.


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

    That would be impossible choose it was all wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stephenson is a legend and make this audio the very best it could be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Liverpool, England
    1/18/14
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    "Fantastic narration"

    The book itself is fantastic. I'd originally read it years ago, and didn't really remember just how good it was. I had this idea that Catherine was a bit silly, but she really isn't. She's very young, so she can be a bit uncertain, but she's got the beginnings of a backbone of steel. The narration was absolutely brilliant. I tried the samples for all the others, and this one was by far the one I liked the most. Stevenson makes the characters feel completely real, and she gets the humour in the narration just right. Perfect version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Chester, United Kingdom
    6/2/13
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    "Perfect Austen"

    I first read Northanger Abbey as a teenager and, although I loved the book, I didn't quite get the satire. Revisiting it now, with Juliet Stevenson's perfect narration, I see the book in another light but still enjoy it. Translate the heroine's obsession with Gothic novels into today's obsession with celebrities and their lifestyle and you have a very modern story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    Devon, UK
    12/24/12
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    "Recommended version"

    I highly recommended this reading by Juliet Stevenson. She really makes Austen's Gothic tale/parody come alive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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