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Northanger Abbey Audiobook

Northanger Abbey

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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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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 06-15-15
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 06-15-15 Member Since 2004

    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.

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    "the privileged class and their idle interests"

    I should just remember that I hate Jane Austen books and never buy them again!

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    dachi 06-14-15
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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
    Lorri 06-12-15 Member Since 2014
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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
    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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    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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    Elise 09-13-14
    Elise 09-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Northanger Abbey is my favourite Austen novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Northanger Abbey to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Northanger Abbey to and why?

    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.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Jane Austen, taking the Mickey.


    Any additional comments?

    Northanger Abbey is the best Jane Austen novel.

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    LauraRose Eugene, OR, United States 06-06-14
    LauraRose Eugene, OR, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2015

    I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.

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    "Early Jane Austen Presents"

    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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    Sandra 03-30-14
    Sandra 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

    I was educated into oblivion but have overcome and am having a wonderful life

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    "the first anti-Goth"
    What did you love best about Northanger Abbey?

    Very fun - Jane Austen writing about the sweetest fan of Gothic tales yet who is the perfect antiGothic heroine.


    What other book might you compare Northanger Abbey to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    Stevenson's portrayals are easily understood, well formed, and never condescending.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very fun novel. I enjoyed talking to friends about this book and hearing what they'd thought when they'd read it.


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    B-House so Cal 05-19-13
    B-House so Cal 05-19-13

    Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.

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    "Best reading available"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Northanger Abbey to be better than the print version?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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