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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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    Moonglotexas South Africa 03-17-13
    Moonglotexas South Africa 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Short and sweet"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, light and fun, it is a quick read but a journey with enjoying


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fun made of the style of novel prevalent at the time of writing is both entertaining and sharp


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

    Several, she is wonderful and as such I hunt down her performances


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

    Enjoyable in one setting or split over several, worth a couple of listens either way.


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    Lola 03-12-13
    Lola 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Refreshing!"

    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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    victoria ASTORIA, OR, United States 03-08-13
    victoria ASTORIA, OR, United States 03-08-13
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    "Hard story to get into"
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    The story was hard to get into and the narration was not easy to listen to. Did not like this purchase.


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    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 09-30-12
    Nikki bayswater north, Australia 09-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Unlikely heroine"
    Where does Northanger Abbey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a great classic and I'm loving revisiting the classics through the medium of audio books. Northanger was a favorite as a young girl as I shared Catherine's love of old buildings. Its not as polished as Austens other novels but i love the rawness and the hurried ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Catherine explores her room her imagination takes over. Its relatable and the emotions experienced shared by many a teenage girl in the 18th and the 21st Century.


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Stevenson reads flawlessly yet again. Shes my favorite narrator and brings life to every charachter

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    ine 09-28-12
    ine 09-28-12
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    "wonderful story, wonderfully read"

    Hilarious parody on gothic novels: Austen takes her characters for a swirl, never once missing a beat, never once losing control, and afterwards sets them down (caringly, laughing with them, not at them) on their sofas. Juliet Stevenson reads it all with panache.

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    Pandora 09-17-12
    Pandora 09-17-12
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    "Love the story, beautifully narrated"

    Juliet Stevenson does a fantstic job with each character. She conveys their unique personalities beautifully. I love this story and enjoyed this audiobook. I highly recommend anything read by Juliet Stevenson.

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    Cindy 08-20-12
    Cindy 08-20-12
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    "A mild story, poorly read"
    Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Juliet Stevenson?

    I enjoyed the book reasonably well enough, though it was no great adventure. The story itself is quite mild, and I found the heroine to be rather bland, more a foolish innocent than a classic romantic icon. Initially I did not think I would even be able to finish the story, as I was experiencing some frustration with the characters, and the way in which they were portrayed through the insipid narration. The Narration was quite simply, awful. I found myself at the start of each sitting wondering how long it would take for the story to unfold, and capture my imagination, diverting my attention from the lack lustre quality of the speech and the sameness of the characters who were each over played.


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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 06-17-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Glad I Tried Again with Ms Stevenson"

    An avid Jane Austen fan, I have never much liked "Northanger Abbey". Given the right reader, however, it can be a lot of fun! Juliet Stevenson, I thank you! In this version, I saw the humor and the charm of NA in a way I never had before.
    Still not the best Austen book but definitely the best narrator of Austen's work.

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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-03-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "Imaginative and Funny"

    Our young would-be heroine, seventeen year-old Catherine Morland has read one too many Gothic novel in her short life, the latest of which being The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe, one of her favourite authors. When she is taken to the resort town of Bath with a well-to-do older couple who are friends of the family, it is Catherine's first excursion outside her hometown, and she is starved for new adventures and acquaintances. Young Isabella Thorpe is no sooner met than declared to be her best bosom friend ever.

    When it is discovered upon his unexpected arrival that Isabella's brother, John Thorpe is best friends with Catherine's brother James Morland, and that James is in love with Isabella, the trio claim young Catherine for their own pursuits. John Thorpe is under the false impression that Catherine is heiress to a great fortune, and the blustering young man decides he will marry our young maiden. Though Catherine may be inexperienced in love, she has eyes only for Henry Tilney, a young clergyman who, surprisingly enough, shares Catherine's passion for Gothic novels, something most men would never have admitted to. Soon after Catherine has befriended her sweetheart's sister, Eleanor Tilney, she is overjoyed when an invitation is extended to spend time with the Tilney's in their home, Northanger Abbey. At the mention of the word "Abbey" Catherine's imagination takes over and she fully expects to discover a decrepit old dwelling filled with loathsome secrets of the kind she has avidly read about in her favourite novels, to great comic effect.

    This story is filled with humour to a much greater extent than Jane Austen's other widely read novels. Austen, who was apparently herself a fan of fiction, Gothic and otherwise, obviously greatly enjoyed poking fun at her naive heroine, and also took the opportunity to make a case for the worthiness of novels, of which reading was considered to be an unsuitable pursuit in her day.

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    Marion 03-12-12
    Marion 03-12-12
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    "Not Jane's best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if you are committed to


    What was most disappointing about Jane Austen???s story?

    Facile. Unsympathetic stupid characters.


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

    She's wonderful. I met her when listening to The Magician's Elephant. A delight.


    Was Northanger Abbey worth the listening time?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice and my favorite Persuasion are a much better use of your time.

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