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Northanger Abbey Audiobook

Northanger Abbey

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.
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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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    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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    Customer Hagerstown, MD USA 12-18-14
    Customer Hagerstown, MD USA 12-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Queen Kate

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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 Listener Since 2009
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    RoxanneDP-TX Houston, TX 06-15-13
    RoxanneDP-TX Houston, TX 06-15-13
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    "A Brand New World"
    What did you love best about Northanger Abbey?

    As a first time listener of classical literature, I can only say that I was taken to a place in time which was new to me. What I liked best about the story was, being narrated the story. This made the classical literature much more interesting than my experiences previously in reading the print version. I also enjoyed Catherine in the story, I found myself relating to her innocent character, in some ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine, the main character. I enjoyed her innocence and insightful comments, which amused me at times.


    What does Mary Sarah Agliotta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator brought the story back to that place & time in history in which it took place. Her voice & inflections helped with following the story, and made it much more enjoyable & engaging to me over reading the book. She had just the right voice for this story.


    Any additional comments?

    This story and narrator have inspired me to dig deeper into classical literature audio books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Fort Lee, NJ, United States 06-11-13
    Michele Fort Lee, NJ, United States 06-11-13
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    "Just Lovely"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Northanger Abbey to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Listening to this book was very engaging, I really felt as though I was right there with the main character Catherine.


    What does Mary Sarah Agliotta bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A soothing beautiful rhythm that takes you away to the time and place of the story.I was completely absorbed into the novel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It wasn't just one moment but more Catherine's anticipation for the dances in Bath and then going to Northanger Abbey,


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