Catherine Morland is the very ideal of a nice girl from a happy family, but she has an overactive imagination. She is also obsessed with Gothic novels, where terrible things happen to the heroine, which gets her into all sorts of trouble. When she meets funny, sharp Henry Tilney, she's instantly taken with him. But when she is invited to his home, the sinister Northanger Abbey, her preoccupation with fantasy starts to get in the way of reality.
Jane Austen takes us into a world almost 200 years gone by - before women's rights, universal suffrage, antibiotics, steam engines, trains, electricity, hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing, telephones, typewriters, movies, radio, or TV.
What's there to interest us? - romance, gossip, lies, competition, manipulation, innuendoes, fairness, and honor.
This is a story I can listen to over and over again. I love Anna Massey's peculiarly distinct pronounciation, which may not be for everybody.
"What a classic!"
I first read this book as a set text in school. Needless to say it had me hooked and I read all of Jane Austen's other works for pleasure.
This is the story of Catherine, on the verge of adulthood, and the road she travels from being a girl who thrills to the terrible tales of suspense available in the novels of the day to the woman of sense and decorum who reaches a recognition of the characteristics we should value in our friends and in those we love. She is a loyal friend and sister who grows up rapidly in the space of one short Bath visit and a month as a guest in a country house.
As always with Jane Austen's writing the characters come to life as people we could meet today and there is nothing superfluous in the text. Everything we are told is important to the plot to some degree. This was a great listen, which held me spellbound.
If you are new to the work of Jane Austen this is a good starting listen and I will be for ever grateful to my English teacher at school who set me on a track firstly to a source of great reading pleasure and now to great listening pleasure. Thank you Miss Palmer and thank you Audible.
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