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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105,364 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jane Austen’s first major novel, a parody of the popular literature of the time, is an ironic tale of the romantic folly of men and women in pursuit of love, marriage, and money. The humorous adventures of young Catherine as she encounters “the difficulties and dangers of a six weeks’ residence in Bath” lead to some of Austen’s most brilliant social satire. There is Catherine’s hilarious liaison with a paragon of bad manners and boastfulness, her disastrous friendship with an unforgettably crass coquette, and a whirl of cotillion dances with their timeless mortifications. A visit to ancient Northanger Abbey, the ancestral home of the novel’s handsome hero, excites the irrepressible Catherine’s hopes of romance amid gothic horrors. But what awaits her there is a drama of a different kind. This novel is the most youthfully exuberant and broadly comic of Jane Austen’s works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “About an imaginative young woman who reads too many Gothic novels, the story is Austen’s most lighthearted.”

    Boston Globe

  • Northanger Abbey, her most youthful and in many ways her most brillant novel…at times dares us to pay close attention to the artistic positions and processes her other novels tend to relegate to the background.”

    Claudia L. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University

  • “[Austen] uses her rapier wit to mock not only the essential silliness of ‘horrid’ novels, but to expose the even more horrid workings of polite society…In many respects Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage, nineteenth-century British style.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Combines a satire on conventional novels of polite society with one on gothic tales of terror.”

    Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeannene Simonton | 2/20/2014

    " Not my favorite Jane but very funny in sections. Her social commentary is hilarious in the first section. I just think her story waned in the second half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abby Connell | 2/19/2014

    " Northanger Abbey was one of the better Jane Austen novels I've read. It ended kind of suddenly with almost no dialogue and just a bunch of summarizing, but the rest of the plot made it worth it. The traditional love story was complemented with a mysterious aspect of living in an Abbey, and it was generally a different approach. Austen used first person at times, and described her main character as a heroine, kind of breaking the fourth wall. It was really intriguing to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Monica | 2/19/2014

    " No one can beat JA! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " This novel was a fun and fast read. It serves as a glimpse into history through the eyes of Jane Austen. Her social commentaries are amusing and so are her constant pangs to the genre of the time's gothic novels. "

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