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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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    CherishGirl17 01-29-15
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    "Jane Austen is lovely; narrator is not up to par"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had to read this book for a class; usually I struggle with classics so I listen along with them as I read. However, I found this book much more enjoyable without the narration.


    What other book might you compare Northanger Abbey to and why?

    Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. They both tell the day-to-day experiences about a certain character, but sometimes delving into other characters as the author sees fit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator does not have a sense for this parody; she is disconnected emotionally and doesn't recognize the humor.


    Do you think Northanger Abbey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does not need a follow-up book. It is a mock of the Gothic novel and does not need to be extended in any matter.


    Any additional comments?

    Jane Austen is a genius for literature; she uses amazing language and structure. She is very aware. <br/>They should have picked a better narrator for Northanger Abbey. Mary Sarah Agliotta almost ruins the experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bharune 02-15-17
    Bharune 02-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An Austen Appetizer"

    I've listened to three Austen novels now (Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, and Northanger Abbey), and I quite enjoyed this short and sweet novel (at least the listening time was shorter than the other two, though I can't be sure about the actual respective books).

    At about half the time of S&S, Northanger Abbey doesn't feel like it overstays it's due. It's a relatively light story without deep conflict or much romantic switching between beaus, and the main character has enough energy and charisma to remain likeable through the story. It's straight-forward, but pleasing, and Austen's writing and prose are in great form. The story itself isn't going to shock or amaze, but remains satisfying nonetheless.

    The narrator does the book justice, and I like the speed she reads -- a little faster than some narrators, which kept my focus better and shortened the listening time. There were parts where it was difficult to distinguish which character was speaking, but that was a worthwhile trade-off in my opinion. If I recall correctly, the break between chapters was almost non-existent and a little jarring, but again that's a minor complaint.

    Recommended for any avid reader, anyone looking for a light romance, and for those interested in breaking in to Austen's work.

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    Terry Williams 11-11-16 Member Since 2017

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    "The narrator is grating both on the ears & reason"

    The narrator is grating both on the ears and on reason, as her voice is uncannily void of humanity and emotion. The characters blend together in a retelling entirely lacking in punctuation, so that when one voice ends and another begins, the result is a cacophony monotone nonsense.

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    Tina 09-13-16
    Tina 09-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Edge of your seat."

    I was sitting on the edge of my seat while I was hearing the story unfold.

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    Douglas 07-28-16
    Douglas 07-28-16 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "So Very Charming!"

    We never see now the subtle charm and wit of Austen and so delicately cut commentaries on fine society. This is a little masterwork!

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    Hannah Meek 05-05-16
    Hannah Meek 05-05-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    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
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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.<br/><br/>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

    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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