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Northanger Abbey Audiobook

Northanger Abbey

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Hannah Meek 05-05-16
    Hannah Meek 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "my favorite Jane Austen book so far!!"

    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.

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    mama san francisco 09-01-15
    mama san francisco 09-01-15

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    "Horrible narration"
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    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.

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    Deborah 04-03-15
    Deborah 04-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Quick moving story and happy ending"

    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

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    Kathleen H. Donnelly Vaughn WA 03-24-15
    Kathleen H. Donnelly Vaughn WA 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful again!"

    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.

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    Mary Atkins North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada 01-08-15
    Mary Atkins North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada 01-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I forgot to listen to the sample."
    What would have made Northanger Abbey better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Austen again?

    I will be looking for another unabridged Northanger Abbey, and checking out the sample very carefully.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Wrong accent, from my point of view.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Northanger Abbey?

    None, ever, from a Jane Austen novel.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Customer Hagerstown, MD USA 12-18-14
    Customer Hagerstown, MD USA 12-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Boring"

    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

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    Kimberly 10-19-14
    Kimberly 10-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful story but..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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    Rebecca 05-01-13
    Rebecca 05-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Adequate but Flawed Performance of a Classic"
    Where does Northanger Abbey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Northanger Abbey is not Austen's finest novel, but it is enjoyable. The reading was only adequate, but I have heard worse narrations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suspect that my favorite character is the author, who in her narrator's persona makes various snide remarks.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    If you could take any character from Northanger Abbey out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Carola OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 03-27-13
    Carola OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but..."
    What did you like best about Northanger Abbey? What did you like least?

    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!!


    Was Northanger Abbey worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was worth the listening time... but it sure did come with some annoyance at the narrator.


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    Chirstopher CHATHAM, MA, United States 12-24-12
    Chirstopher CHATHAM, MA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Well-written, very well-read. Not my cup of tea."
    Where does Northanger Abbey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was not my taste, but it is a very excellent audio book. For me, it is last place among my likes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked more of a climax woth what happens with the characters and events.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when the main character is lied to and wronged.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Elegancy is overrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the narrator!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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