In Northanger Abbey, a young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. Austen's first, this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
We never see now the subtle charm and wit of Austen and so delicately cut commentaries on fine society. This is a little masterwork!
This book kept my attention the entire time and I would get lost in the story. plenty of characters to love and hate with a side of mystery. Jane Austen best in my opinion.
I have no complaints about the book itself. After all, this is a Jane Austen novel. What ruined it for me was the narrator. She sounded like a 10-year old American girl playing a pretend English princess. Terrible British accent, narration was a bit too fast at times, no distinction between the characters' voices and her voice too soft one moment then too loud the next. I didn't know where to set my volume! No wonder this was only 2 bucks. Wish I could've spent a few more dollars on a better narrator.
I enjoyed listening to the storyline as it continually moved along and did not have any dead spots in my opinion. Always something happening and multiple characters in the story line to provide interest. A great education again on the limited opportunities for females in that period. Thoroughly enjoyed the performance I do enjoy listening to this narrator
I have seen this story in a movie but was delighted to hear the full story. The reader was exceptional and I enjoyed every minute.
A narrator with a UK accent. When a book is written in English, I prefer to listen to it in the country of origin - Canadian, American, English, Irish, etc.
I will be looking for another unabridged Northanger Abbey, and checking out the sample very carefully.
Wrong accent, from my point of view.
None, ever, from a Jane Austen novel.
I can't imagine liking a male narrator for one of her novels. An Austen addict knows that she never has a men-only conversation in any of her works. Since the stories are told from the female perspective, it seems right that the narrator be a mature sounding women.
I am not so rigid about other authors.
I just read Pride and Prejudice and Emma and this book was really disappointing. The heroine had no spark and was dull and the story ended before it began
Different narrator. It sounds like it is being read by a computer. Her voice completely lacks emotion so it makes it very difficult to enjoy the story.
Northanger Abbey is not Austen's finest novel, but it is enjoyable. The reading was only adequate, but I have heard worse narrations.
I suspect that my favorite character is the author, who in her narrator's persona makes various snide remarks.
Alas, there were a lot of problems, though not so many as to make the work intolerable. This narration badly needed going over by an editor, to spot mispronounced words and duplicate sentences. There were enough mispronunciations to be irritating, and Mary Sarah Agliotta should get herself some coaching on that point.
She could have spotted the duplicate sentences herself if she had carefully listened to the finished product before releasing it. There also were several points at which she did not recognize what was going on in a sentence until she was halfway through, resulting in poor choices of which words to stress.
Her voice was pleasant enough, and I am not greatly bothered by the fact that she did not attempt strong differentiation of the voices of different characters. The problem is that most narrators on Audible are so superb that this reading did not measure up.
I am not sure I would enjoy going to dinner with any of the characters, all of whom seem to be pretty shallow people. I would love to go to dinner with the author.
Jane Austen uses this book to praise the value of reading novels, and at the same time demonstrates the foolishness of allowing Gothic novels to form one's expectations. It is a lovely juxtaposition.
I really like the story, Jane Austen is one of my favorite writers. But the narrator didn't even bother to figure out how to pronounce "Leicestershire" etc., it is very distracting!!
Yes, it was worth the listening time... but it sure did come with some annoyance at the narrator.
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