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Northanger Abbey | [Jane Austen]

Northanger Abbey

Catherine Morland goes to Bath for the season as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Allen, and there she meets the eccentric General Tilney, his son Henry Tilney and his daughter Elanor Tilney. Catherine is invited to the Tilney's home, Northanger Abbey, where she imagines numerous gruesome secrets surrounding the General and his house. Henry proves that her suspicions have no substance, and while she is still recovering from the humiliation, she finds herself ordered out of the house by the General.
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Catherine Morland goes to Bath for the season as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Allen, and there she meets the eccentric General Tilney, his son Henry Tilney and his daughter Elanor Tilney. Catherine is invited to the Tilney's home, Northanger Abbey, where she imagines numerous gruesome secrets surrounding the General and his house. Henry proves that her suspicions have no substance, and while she is still recovering from the humiliation, she finds herself ordered out of the house by the General.

She returns home and is followed by Henry. He explains that the General, mistakenly believing her to be penniless, had been anxious to keep her away from his son. Restored to a sensible humor by the truth, the General finally gives his blessing to Henry's marriage to Catherine.

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    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 08-14-13
    Linda Knoxville, TN, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    Another Jane Austin I have fallen in love with and wished I have read earlier. The Narrator is great and brings the whole world of Austen to life. I have several others by her and look forward to listening to them.

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    Patricia Franklin, TN, United States 04-17-12
    Patricia Franklin, TN, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Quintessentially Jane A."
    If you could sum up Northanger Abbey in three words, what would they be?

    It's only money!


    Would you recommend Northanger Abbey to your friends? Why or why not?

    As a reflection of society during that time period, Northanger Abbey, the novel, provides a clear picture. Class and caste are the guidelines for marriage and social interaction. From our modern perspective, it is ridiculous, but in that time period and in that level of society, the 'business' of marriage was a matter of survival and maintaining one's way of life. The primary reason for reading Northanger Abbey is to understand more about the lifestyles and motivations of the social mores of the time. Though I read this book many years ago in college, when I found it irritating and boring, it has more meaning now, and it is more engaging on more levels.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Flosnik – was your favorite?

    It is a tie between Catherine Moreland, the most sympathetic, and Edward Tilney. I greatly appreciate that Catherine was bored and annoyed by the Tharp brother, though I was sorry that she was so friendless and inexperienced in friendship that she didn't see through Isabella sooner.Edward obviously knew the rules(of his society), but he didn't much like to play to them. He seemed to have the good sense to appreciate Catherine despite her financial shortcomings. The edge of sarcasm in his voice, about societal expectations, was evident in the first meeting between him and Catherine. That was an excellent portrayal by Ms. Flosnik.Ms. Flosnik also did a wonderful representation of Isabella. I disliked Isabella from the beginning!!


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

    I wished neither to laugh or cry, but I did have sympathy for all the characters that they were all stuck in the mire of the societal expectations of the day. However, that made me admire Jane Austen more, because she was able to portray that lifestyle with more understanding than one might expect of a woman actually living in that time period.


    Any additional comments?

    My motivation for re-reading Northanger Abbey was an anticipated trip to England and to Bath where the Jane Austen center is. Since I first read the book 40 years ago, it is amazing how a book I considered boring then, has become much more interesting and appreciated 40 years later.

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    Stephanie Sydney, NSW, Australia 03-21-10
    Stephanie Sydney, NSW, Australia 03-21-10
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    "Enjoyable"

    I really liked this one. The narrator was good, and the story, not in the usual Austin style, was interesting. I really liked Katherine, being a bit of a silly girl myself and felt like I was walking with her the whole way.

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    elly heemstede, Netherlands 09-10-09
    elly heemstede, Netherlands 09-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Northanger Abbey"

    I'm not sure but I think that this is the first or second novel by Jane Austin. I have read almost all her novels and I loved them but this one is an absolute drag. Also the narrater is not of the 'Austin' quality.

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    "Narrator thinks she's reading to small children?"

    This is the first bad review I've had. The narrator really sounds as though she is reading to a three year old. Her narration is so slow, and she punc-tu-ates
    e-ve-ery word as though you were going to be asked to spell them back to her after the reading! The 'man' voice she has for the male characters is laughable and one individual is totally indistinguishable from another. I bought this audio book to help me with a Literature course at uni, and so I've had to listen to her narration enough times to drive me insane!

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