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I've always like Jane Austen and have read, listened to or watched performances of several of her stories. But with this one I couldn't get past listening for a half hour. The narrator's voice and inflection was borderline to screeching. Never did finish listening to it.
The gentle fun that Austen pokes at addicts of Gothic literature is very apropos of today - 'plus ca change, plus ca meme chose!' Very enjoyable.
"Taken in order....a curate's egg"
Good in parts is the standard response to the 'one that nobody reads.' Nothing particularly outstanding but an overall quality that makes the whole thing worthwhile.
This is the fifth of six and the first indication that getting your head down and ploughing on is going to be required in completing the full run of Jane Austen's novels in six months.
"A beautiful reading"
The reader of this edition of Northanger Abbey is Juliet Stevenson, whose voice is perfect for Jane Austen. She brings out the character of each personality in the book and beautifully and subtly conveys Jane Austen's gentle irony. However this version is spoiled for me by the intrusive music at the end of each chapter, which breaks up the flow of the story. The music itself is beautiful and appropriate to the period of the book, but if I want to listen to music I will listen to a CD, and if I want to listen to a book I do not want to have the flow constantly and artificially interrupted.
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