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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: December 2007 ISBN: 9781455171842
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 2/16/2014

    " Too much fluff for me no substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/15/2014

    " This novel is listed on my Gothic module to read this year... but I was constantly waiting for aspects that would resemble the Gothic. Fair enough it has an abbey, and the slightest amount of suspense. But basically it's a love story, that ends happily as in all Austen novels! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 2/15/2014

    " Oh, Jane Austen, how brilliantly witty and hilarious you are. Oh, Henry Tilney, need I say more? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rmry68 | 2/14/2014

    " Nice book but fairly typical "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Hultman | 2/14/2014

    " Better than her juvenilia and far more compelling than her epistolary work, but quite dry and long winded. It takes too long for an event to unfold - especially when that event is something as simple as a character waiting around to see another or some other mundane activity. The writung is eloquent but absolutely dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Connell | 2/13/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace Best-Page | 2/13/2014

    " This amusing story is definitely Austin's best. Her heroine shines as an authentic person that can be related to no matter what the era. Though Austin's other novels have good plots, they're not always executed in the best manner ("Show us, don't tell us, Jane"), but she hits the right notes in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/13/2014

    " Better than the books I have read lately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/13/2014

    " Hilarious, witty, and hopelessly romantic - A classic Austen novel. A big plus for this one is its comparative shortness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siri Johnson | 2/13/2014

    " the first part of the book was pretty awful. But the second part was pretty awesome. This was the first Jane Austen book I've read, but I think I'll read another one in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Lavender | 2/12/2014

    " One of my favorites by her cause it's creepy and makes fun of creepy novels all at the same time. Best of both worlds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty | 2/12/2014

    " Oh, Northanger Abbey. You were a sweet little book, but you just didn't sparkle as much as Pride and Prejudice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yousra Bushehri | 2/12/2014

    " Just as awesome as the first and second time I read this novel. By far my favourite Austen book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 rewind | 2/9/2014

    " Tremendously boring but well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 2/8/2014

    " One of her best works: Hilarious, well written, captivating, and insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caity | 2/7/2014

    " SO much better once I realized I'm not supposed to like any of the characters. Still not my favorite, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grandma | 2/7/2014

    " My least favorite by Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Hyland | 2/7/2014

    " Not my favourite Jane Austen book however I am happy that her work improved over time. Even though this may have been the last book of hers published posthumously it was the least developed and was actually one of the first novels she wrote. The ending was disappointing and was tailed off very quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Harris | 2/7/2014

    " At first, I found it quite difficult to endeavour with this work by Austen. I perhaps think I wasn't in the right mindset, as the last couple of chapters really enraptured me. Like what I have experienced of Austen before, the ending was typically cliche. However, the addition of some darker elements (Catherine's interest in old abbeys and the connotation of evil within them) were interesting. Austen mixed up her narration style a bit compared to Persuasion as well which was refreshing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bakhtawar | 2/6/2014

    " Jane austens best one! Love it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 2/6/2014

    " I liked the story, and the fact that Austen would comment on the fact that she knew this was sort of a cliche story and her writing of it... but I guess there was a reason this wasn't published before she died. Holy run-on-sentences, Batman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Gilreath arnold | 2/6/2014

    " One of my fav Austen romance novels, Catherine's vivid imagination and tendency to daydream reminds me of myself as a young girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Dame | 2/6/2014

    " Not usually a huge Jane Austen fan but I enjoyed this much more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 2/5/2014

    " My least favorite Jane Austen but it is still Jane Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! I especially liked the protagonist's (Catherine Morland)innocence and how she experiences the world around her. Although it is typical of Jane Austen and of the style back then, I thought the whole story could have been told in half the length... it really is a quick story. However, I thought it was a quick read and I recommend it to any Jane Austen fan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/4/2014

    " Reading as an audiobook through librivox; it's been a long time between Austens & I am surprised by the strength of her social & cultural critique - way ahead of 'romance genre' novelists. There's a nice little aside on the nature of novels already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Hagerman Moseley | 2/4/2014

    " My least favourite of Jane's works...but only a teeny bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/3/2014

    " Still like Jane Austen, and thought the book was very readable, but got annoyed by the constant asides to the reader and the odd use of quotation marks when it was not a direct quote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 2/2/2014

    " I was wonderfully surprised with this book. I did not expect much, however, the action was unbelievable and so much more intense then in any of her other books. This was Agatha Christie style, but, in Jane Austen brilliant character descriptions. I have to admit, I enjoyed it more than Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion. I think it is equal to Pride and Prejudice. Definitely a must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bugsy | 2/2/2014

    " So far, least favorite Jane Austen novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/1/2014

    " A parody of gothic novels of its time, Northanger Abbey is a highly entertaining and at times comical read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caity | 1/31/2014

    " SO much better once I realized I'm not supposed to like any of the characters. Still not my favorite, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 1/31/2014

    " This is a different one for her, but still very good. I love her sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalisa Crawford | 1/29/2014

    " I like this novel. Catherine Morland is a naive seventeen year old totally in awe of everything, although Eleanor is my favourite character (perhaps slightly swayed by the ITV adaption that I've seen). What I really love is that Austen shows Mr Thorpe's rakish character by having him say 'D-- it' in every sentence! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Turner | 1/29/2014

    " Not Jane Austen's best work. But everything she wrote is worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/28/2014

    " This is the only Jane Austen book that I can say I actually like the movie better than the book. BBC, of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole O | 1/28/2014

    " This is my favorite books out of all of Austen's works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Soraia Ferreira | 1/28/2014

    " It's more of a 3,5 for me. I enjoyed the second volume much better than the first. It's a good book and I was happy while reading it but it was too slow at times and there wasn't a big plot like I like it. It was, nevertheless, a very enjoyable book and I'm looking forward to read more of Jane Austen's works "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie | 1/27/2014

    " In the book there is a narrator that kept jumping when just wanted to read the story. They also spent more than half to book in Bath. I would have thought that most of the story would have taken place in Northanger Abbey. The characters were boring and it was really hard for me to understand what was going on. I hated to book, in order to finish it I had to force myself to read. I would not recommend it to a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/26/2014

    " I love Jane Austen's writing and I certainly enjoyed this book. However, the characters here lack the depth and complexity found in her later works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jsokol64 | 1/26/2014

    " Mansfield Park is still my favorite, this is pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/25/2014

    " Important as a comparison to her later works. you can see glimpses of Austen's future themes and pathways to better character development. I tended to get bored while reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maera | 1/23/2014

    " There were several eye-roll worthy moments in this book until I finally read the description and discovered that it is thought to be a satire of the gloomy gothic novel popular in Jane Austen's time. It was generally fun to read when not so much making fun of the writing style of those novelists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/23/2014

    " What a wonderful read! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna Sciabbarrasi | 1/22/2014

    " Lighthearted and fun-- I really enjoyed this as my first Jane Austen read. I chose to read this book first out of her novels (as opposed to starting with her most popular, Pride and Prejudice) because I've heard it really shows off her humor, and I was not disappointed. Catherine is a naive, kind-spirited, and loveable heroine whose time in Bath and at Northanger Abbey was enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, as i am an Austen fan, but glad I read Sparknotes along with it to fully appreciate all the remarks fully, esp. those regarding novels and gothic stories of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mabesie | 1/22/2014

    " Very funny and a great parody of The Mysteries of Udolpho which is also one of my favorite gothic novels. Henry Tilney is definitely one of my favorite Austen's hero and Eleanor Tilney is one of my most favorite Austen's characters along with Miss Bates and Mr. Woodhouse from Emma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/22/2014

    " Catherine Morland makes Emma Woodhouse look like a damn rocket scientist, but I still very much enjoyed this meta novel about the dangers of reading too many novels. Very funny, but with not many multifaceted characters as show up in Austen's later novels. It's fun to witness the Austen wit in its infancy, definitely. And Isabella Thorne is one of the original frenemy mean girls "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley Wiygul | 1/21/2014

    " Homey, and loaded with details. Descriptions galore. Typical Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefania | 1/20/2014

    " A little bit disappointing at the end, maybe because of the quickness of the ending..but it's been amazing the whole time I've been reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 1/19/2014

    " I am sucker for Jane Austin. I just love her style and vision. A definite re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise P | 1/19/2014

    " my favourite Austen. what more can be said? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helyn Van | 1/18/2014

    " Very cute and classic Jane Austen. Definitely recommend this book. It's not too long nor too short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlee Naylor | 1/18/2014

    " To me, this book seems very different from Jane Austen's others. I really enjoyed it, though it's certainly not my favorite. I loved the changes and twists in the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2014

    " Love this book! Just finished reading it for a second time. Hilarious, sweet, and short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scoop Erickson | 1/17/2014

    " I loved this book! It was almost as if Jane Austen was taking sarcastic digs at all of her previous books. So witty and funny! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dariosk | 1/15/2014

    " I'm glad we have Austen's POV of her time, but as a novel this one is not that good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederick | 1/15/2014

    " I listened to the Naxos audiobook of NORTHANGER ABBEY. The actress reading it (Juliet Stevenson) has full powers and I recommend it if you can find it. The novel itself is funny, insightful and never boring. It also provides a glimpse into Austen's ideas on art. While the Gothic novel is discussed by the characters in a very entertaining way (one character wishing to live in a Gothic world) there is a passage worthy of Thomas Mann, in which two characters, in the presence of another, discuss painting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelbi Parker | 1/15/2014

    " not my favorite characters, or storyline. but I love the satire "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 1/14/2014

    " A good little story to quench the thirst for Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/13/2014

    " Not my favorite Austen, but then, it really shouldn't be compared to her other works, either, simply because it isn't meant to stand alongside them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite that Catherine is a ninny, because it's one of the rare books where a foolish heroine absolutely makes the story. I wrote a 15-pager on this one, focusing on its satire, and writing from an historical perspective--how the book was meant to be received in its day. Read it, but be aware that it's not supposed to be like Austen's other works. It's supposed to be disappointing and frustrating. And silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/13/2014

    " I've seen several Jane Austen movies and even visited her house but this is the first of her novels I've read. Fun! The twisting turning path to the happy ending you've come to expect from her. Fun to experience the manners and customs of the time. Very enjoyable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ardacan | 1/11/2014

    " It's meh, quite precise pacing and narrative for its simplicity tho... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 1/10/2014

    " This is one of my favorite Austen novels, as well as one of the shortest. I think out of all the books, this one best gives away Austen's personality. While her other novels are centered around a story, this one (her first published if memory serves) is centered around style- it makes fun of the Gothic novels of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 1/10/2014

    " First published in 1918, one year after Jane Austen's death. Of course, beautifully written. Our heroine Catherine Morland , reads many Gothic novels. This causes her imagination to run away with her, as she explores the Abbey. The best part of the book is the last third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 1/7/2014

    " Running down Abbey Road. Don't stop the ocean. I need to feel a tidal wave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beatrice | 12/30/2013

    " The most annoying novel Jane Austen ever wrote. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kat | 12/29/2013

    " I love Jane Austen and have loved everything I read by her up to this point. I could not get into the book and found myself plowing through it just so I could be done. I found the characters irritating and unlikeable and was not moved by the story, which I usually am when it comes to Jane Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 12/29/2013

    " Not my cup of tea. Austen's attempted Gothic element made the story a bit weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bakhtawar | 12/28/2013

    " Jane austens best one! Love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caril | 12/27/2013

    " This was a fun "read" for a long drive. I enjoyed renewing my acquaintance with a book I hadn't read since college. The characters are delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 12/27/2013

    " First published in 1918, one year after Jane Austen's death. Of course, beautifully written. Our heroine Catherine Morland , reads many Gothic novels. This causes her imagination to run away with her, as she explores the Abbey. The best part of the book is the last third. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexander Smith | 12/26/2013

    " Some funny send ups of the gothic and some great writing but the story is ultimately toss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 12/23/2013

    " This is probably my 2nd favorite Jane Austen book, after Pride & Prejudice (of course). I love the parody. There are parts where I was laughing out loud. If you've never tried this, or haven't read it in awhile, you should try it again. Terrific read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana G | 12/19/2013

    " I liked the tone of this book. Gothic parody. Henry Tilney is my 2nd favorite Austen hero. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Resmy | 12/19/2013

    " Really not much character development of the principal heroine Catherine Morland. I strongly suspect that the character of Catherine is what inspired the female protagonist of Manichitrathaazhu, the excellent Malayalam movie, now that I think of it is not too far a call from an Austenian novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah M | 12/16/2013

    " I have read this book a few times,and just love reading heaps and heaps,i never get sick of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 12/15/2013

    " Northanger Abbey is a novel about novels! Any lover of literature can relate to Catherine Morland, our heroine who wishes her life could be as simple as one of her favorite books. This piece of metafiction encourages the literary community to embrace the novel as an art form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Aleta | 12/15/2013

    " My second Jane Austen book. I love being transported to her world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilhem | 12/14/2013

    " One of Jane Austen's best novels..I like the gothic mixture with romance..and of course one can only fall in love with Jane Austen male characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyn | 12/13/2013

    " I find that I have a hard time getting through Jane Austen stories. Think it has to do with the fact that I read so many current novels. It's hard going back to slow moving, very wordy stories without much substance. Pride & Prejudice is still my favorite of hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 12/11/2013

    " I liked it. It was clever and fun to read, but not my favorite of Jane Austen. A quick read! (If you are able to sit down and book it out all at once.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 12/11/2013

    " more free kindle books, but I do enjoy Jane Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 12/11/2013

    " I've always been a Jane austen fan, Pride and Prejudice my favorites, but now it has clear competition in the endearing naivet of Catherine morland and Henry Tilney's overall aimability (makes you swoon ). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irem | 12/8/2013

    " 2,5 stars actually. I didn't quite understand where Jane Austen is trying to get at. I just couldn't figure out the point. Is definitely far beyond to be my favorite Austen book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew Olgin | 12/8/2013

    " I only read this because it was on the barnes and Noble Classics list. It was actually pretty bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaina Warfield | 12/7/2013

    " the stroy line was quit relatable and i grew very attached to the characters but it seemed lacked in romance for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/5/2013

    " What a wonderful read! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siri Johnson | 12/3/2013

    " the first part of the book was pretty awful. But the second part was pretty awesome. This was the first Jane Austen book I've read, but I think I'll read another one in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/2/2013

    " This was such a cute book! I liked the satire on Gothic romances; Catherine was so funny. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tieria's | 12/2/2013

    " My second favorite Austen. I never get tired of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/25/2013

    " Read this twice over time, different each time. So carefully written, one of my favourite classics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 11/24/2013

    " It took me a while to get into Northanger Abbey it just doesn't grab me the same as others works by Jane Austen do, but once I had read it and see a BBC adaptation it grew on me, still not one of my Favourites but well worth a read :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virag | 11/22/2013

    " This was a really nice, pleasant read. I guess it would qualify as "fluff" in Austen's time. Though it is an uncomplicated story, Northanger Abbey is imaginitive and I loved the character and plot development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 11/19/2013

    " I liked the book. It's different from others austen books but absolutely pleasant to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Kannel | 11/10/2013

    " Austen doesn't disappoint. This isn't one I'd reread, like Pride and Prejudice, but I still enjoyed the characterization and the satisfying romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 11/10/2013

    " Ok to listen to on a road trip but generally unimpressive and basically the exact same as every other book she's written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manvsbooksclub | 11/5/2013

    " Highly recommend! Great Austen gothic romantic, humourous, and witty novel! ~Manvsbooksclub "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harini | 11/4/2013

    " Northanger Abbey is more lighthearted than any other Jane Austen books. Its easy to read and love. For me, personally, it wasnt as brilliant as Jane Austen's other novels but still is a fantastic read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen Nesbit | 10/30/2013

    " I'm another one in the Jane Austen Fan Club. I like everything she wrote. The style is too "slow" or culture/lifestyle-focused for some people, but when given a chance, it's completely amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/27/2013

    " I like this book well enough, but I was never so enamoured of it, that I couldn't put it down for a day or two, coming back to it when it suited me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Kenvyn | 10/25/2013

    " How can anyone not like Catherine Morland's adventure? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hazael | 10/21/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as most of the other novels by Austen, but it wasn't unpleasant. The book was an easy read and the plot was fairly simple. I found it tedious, though, that the real story started in the middle of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dereka | 10/16/2013

    " Like all of Austen's novels I have read this many times-- but I think my first reading of this, years ago, was my first realization that Jane Austen was a humorist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 10/9/2013

    " The style of books I like to return to but not one of my favourites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erinhill Hill-Dowdle | 10/9/2013

    " Boo. I don't like Jane Austin. This is the second book I've read and the first I've actually finished. I just don't like it. The style the characters, nada. So, no more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/5/2013

    " My personal favorite of all of Jane Austen's works. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dariosk | 9/28/2013

    " I'm glad we have Austen's POV of her time, but as a novel this one is not that good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrina | 9/26/2013

    " Meh... not my favorite Jane Austen book. The story ended up being predictable with some clumsy dramatic scenes. The story wasn't as believable as her other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 9/21/2013

    " Jane Austen is meant to be savored...and savor it I do! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 9/20/2013

    " Kind of like the movie better :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Worley | 9/16/2013

    " I loved this one! I can see how some people who are jane Austen fans don't like this one as much, because this one is very different from all of her other novels... it's more like a mystery than a romance ... but I thought it was great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 9/9/2013

    " One of my favorite books!!! I could relate to Catherine because I feel like I'm starting out ordinary too. And the romance was realistic, not "fateful" or "star-crossed". Just an ordinary boy and girl slowly falling in love. Perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 9/5/2013

    " One of her best works: Hilarious, well written, captivating, and insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/20/2013

    " Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice are my favorite Jane Austen novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 7/19/2013

    " So much fun! Love the silliness! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/13/2013

    " Definitely another great Jane Austen novel. The happy ending was a little more contrived and hurried than others, which is probably why it's not as popular. It was still a really enjoyable book, both for its plot, and also for Auten's observations on novels and Gothic novels, in particular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla - View From My Kave | 7/13/2013

    " This was my first Austen and i was surprised at how much i enjoyed it. i do want to mention that i listened to an audio book version so i didn't actually read it. for me the audio book was a great way to get used to the writing style. I look forward to read more of Austen's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 5/31/2013

    " 3.5 stars. It's a well written, but frivolous story. It is Austen's first published story and the beginning of a wonderful author is evident, but this particular story is frivolous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/11/2013

    " I've a feeling I'm giving this a 3 star rating because I didn't really delve into it. I read it simply to enjoy it. The analyzations and deeper understandings will come later, I'm sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 4/30/2013

    " First published in 1918, one year after Jane Austen's death. Of course, beautifully written. Our heroine Catherine Morland , reads many Gothic novels. This causes her imagination to run away with her, as she explores the Abbey. The best part of the book is the last third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/24/2013

    " Read this twice over time, different each time. So carefully written, one of my favourite classics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 4/22/2013

    " I felt like it took a bit more for me to get into this then it usually does for a Jane Austen book, but in the end I'm glad I stuck it out and read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Myra | 4/18/2013

    " It was not particularly my favorite. The main character had no backbone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/18/2013

    " I grew to appreciate this more after reading it in class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise P | 4/10/2013

    " my favourite Austen. what more can be said? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 3/24/2013

    " I rarely ever enjoy literary satire and Northanger Abbey was no exception. I completed 20% before tossing it into the pile of very few books I have never finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elscorcho | 3/23/2013

    " This will never be my favorite jane austen book,,.. but it will never be far from an over all favorite of mine. The book spoke many things in many layers, which I am sure to ponder over for some time to come. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 3/18/2013

    " Enjoyed it better than two Jane Austen novels I've read-- "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 3/15/2013

    " If you don't get that this entire book is a joke I'm concerned for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 3/13/2013

    " I see what she was trying to do here, but it comes off more frustrated and catty than satirical. It does make me glad that I live in the 21st century, though, and not the 18th. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 3/10/2013

    " This was like P.G. Wodehouse writing in Jane Austen's style. I loved her tongue-in-cheek mood. The plot was a little disconnected (the bit about General Tilney's wife didn't fit) and used all the same elements of every other Austen, but this one made me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael MacLean | 3/1/2013

    " I actually prefer this book to Pride and Prejudice. It's not only a coming of age story, but a book about novel-writing and reading itself. It's compelling and nothing seems superfluous and Austen's wit comes clearly through every character and narration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yousra Bushehri | 2/10/2013

    " Just as awesome as the first and second time I read this novel. By far my favourite Austen book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 WangÅ©i Ng'ang'a | 2/9/2013

    " For an Austen, this was rather disappointing. Felt like a really dumb book. I understand it's meant to be parody, but felt like she actually meant to write a stupid book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Worley | 2/6/2013

    " I loved this one! I can see how some people who are jane Austen fans don't like this one as much, because this one is very different from all of her other novels... it's more like a mystery than a romance ... but I thought it was great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 1/25/2013

    " Not my favorite Austin novel, for many reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doremili Ebva | 1/19/2013

    " Se nota que fue el primer libro escrito por Jean Austen. Los acontecimientos son largos y el.final algo apresurado pero me gusta "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Kenvyn | 1/6/2013

    " How can anyone not like Catherine Morland's adventure? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/25/2012

    " I've seen several Jane Austen movies and even visited her house but this is the first of her novels I've read. Fun! The twisting turning path to the happy ending you've come to expect from her. Fun to experience the manners and customs of the time. Very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista Joy | 12/12/2012

    " I like that this novel contains literary themes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/10/2012

    " There is something about this Gothic parody that I absolutely loved. I wish I could explain it, but I can't put it into words. I found Catherine young and naive, but it is what I loved about her. She was a very relatable character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 12/4/2012

    " Not my favorite Jane Austen. I never felt attached to the protagonist. If anything, she was kind of a naive flake. I just wanted her to get some common sense. However, I still really enjoyed the writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Myra | 12/1/2012

    " It was not particularly my favorite. The main character had no backbone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cessie | 11/22/2012

    " Jane Austen never was one of my all time favourite authors so far, so I wasn't too thrilled to see her on my list of books to read for this semester. At the same time I was determined to take this challenge and make it worthwhile. And who would have thought... I fell in love... more "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ines | 11/13/2012

    " This book is so different from any of Austen's novels. It is dripping with satire, and quite funny. Though it is a romance, the focus is much more about the politics of courtship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Dame | 11/10/2012

    " Not usually a huge Jane Austen fan but I enjoyed this much more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Syll | 11/10/2012

    " Another lovely Jane Austen novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Lambert | 11/6/2012

    " This is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. The characters are great! Isabella Thorpe is one of the best characters in all of Jane Austen's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astrid | 11/3/2012

    " Really enjoyed it. Review to follow on blog! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody DiSalvo | 10/27/2012

    " Loved it! First Jane Austen read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley Wiygul | 10/25/2012

    " Homey, and loaded with details. Descriptions galore. Typical Austen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amelia | 10/1/2012

    " Definitely one of my top favorites among Austen's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randye | 9/30/2012

    " It was pretty good. I still love Pride and Prejudice more.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elise P | 9/17/2012

    " my favourite Austen. what more can be said? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arianna | 9/14/2012

    " Not as good as Pride and Prejudice by any standard, but still enjoyable. Catherine doesn't lack personality, she just isn't very strong. And she tends to be a bit paranoid about, well, everything. And not much happens. But it was still a good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esme | 9/8/2012

    " My favorite Austen novel. A really good edition of it, too, complete with a map of Bath. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gini | 8/30/2012

    " Not the best Jane Austen I've read, but okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flame | 8/23/2012

    " Nice, but for a foreign speaker a bit difficult to read in English! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Kurtz | 8/8/2012

    " Not her best work, but very amusing and charming! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 7/14/2012

    " Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice are my favorite Jane Austen novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 7/11/2012

    " A parody of gothic novels of its time, Northanger Abbey is a highly entertaining and at times comical read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 7/7/2012

    " I love Jane Austen. Another great live story but this book had a much different feel than her others I have read. I feel like the ending of this book was rushed and could've been better but I think she died before she was finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/26/2012

    " Not my absolute favorite Ausen novel, but still engaging and interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matthew Olgin | 6/9/2012

    " I only read this because it was on the barnes and Noble Classics list. It was actually pretty bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Oquist | 5/14/2012

    " I'm giving this book an extra star solely because of Mr. Tilney. He is one of my favorite Austen characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/7/2012

    " Interesting. Quite different from the other works by Jane Austen. I enjoyed the Gothic bits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronikah | 4/27/2012

    " It was the first time I read Jane Austen and it was amazing! What a terrific start! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandee | 4/24/2012

    " The latter half was better than the beginning but I didn't like this as much as Austen's other books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/22/2012

    " Great story for anyone who appreciates the classics. If you've enjoyed books like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, you will surely love this one! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kayla Perry | 3/9/2012

    " I did not care for this book. I thought Austen had some clever tongue-and-cheek considering the time period it was written in but overall, I found it dull, dull, dull. Catherine is supposed to be an ordinary girl which is awesome for the message it sends, terrible for her very muted personality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ria Lize | 3/3/2012

    " I remember that I forced myself to finish this for that darn essay. >.< "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maddie | 1/25/2012

    " Felt a bit rushed. Also not quite as entertaining as I was told it would be. All in all rather disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 1/16/2012

    " I wish there had been more talking in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 1/10/2012

    " Oh, Jane Austen, how brilliantly witty and hilarious you are. Oh, Henry Tilney, need I say more? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luisa | 1/4/2012

    " This was a fun book to read. It's about young love with mistakes like young people make. It felt like less of a great romance, like others of Jane Austen's novels, but more of a simple romance; but I still loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is much more "Gothic" in the romantic book style than any of her other books, but that is part of what I love about it, her amazing ability as an author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/23/2011

    " I grew to appreciate this more after reading it in class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 11/25/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. Catherine is such a relatable heroine. Smart but naive. And the characters surrounding her are funny in their wittiness or their hypocrisy and annoying ways. One of my favorite (next to Emma and P&P). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlett Pierson | 9/28/2011

    " Loved this book thought it was a great edition to Austen's library. Very weird and mysterious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 9/22/2011

    " ReReading for class - this is my fifth or sixth reading and I love it every time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Resmy | 9/19/2011

    " Really not much character development of the principal heroine Catherine Morland. I strongly suspect that the character of Catherine is what inspired the female protagonist of Manichitrathaazhu, the excellent Malayalam movie, now that I think of it is not too far a call from an Austenian novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shea | 9/6/2011

    " ReReading for class - this is my fifth or sixth reading and I love it every time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aja | 8/27/2011

    " Definitely my favorite Austen novel so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 8/1/2011

    " Kind of like the movie better :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Lambert | 8/1/2011

    " This is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. The characters are great! Isabella Thorpe is one of the best characters in all of Jane Austen's novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim Mack | 7/24/2011

    " I found this one boring. I gave it my usual "40 pages or 4 chapters" and found myself hating that guideline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty | 7/24/2011

    " Oh, Northanger Abbey. You were a sweet little book, but you just didn't sparkle as much as Pride and Prejudice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melva Clark | 7/11/2011

    " Not fond of Jane Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caity | 6/29/2011

    " SO much better once I realized I'm not supposed to like any of the characters. Still not my favorite, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi | 6/12/2011

    " Sorry to all those Jane Austen fans. I love a classic with the best of them but I found this a very frustratingly slow read. I'm surprised I finished it to be honest. Took forever to get to the point and was quite predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/31/2011

    " The style of books I like to return to but not one of my favourites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drucilla | 5/20/2011

    " A very funny novel. Austen manages to lampoon gothic novels and at the same time stay true to her own writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruthette | 5/17/2011

    " This is one of the more neglected of Austen's works, and I don't know why: it's hilarious. Mr. Tilney is one of the most unique male heroes in her body of books, and all of the gothic novel spoofery simply delights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 5/16/2011

    " It was good. Definitley one of her first books. It is sweet and innocent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 5/14/2011

    " My first book on my Kindle... Loved this Austen book--- probably because I could seriously relate to the heroine... Was so similar at 17. It was simply a pleasure to read complete with several chuckle out loud scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 5/14/2011

    " Another Austen classic. I for one will not tire of reading classic literature like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/12/2011

    " My first and so far only Jane read and lots of fun. Very readable/modern in it's
    style. Compare it to say James Fenimore Cooper writing much later but so much harder to read. Contains a very early literary reference to "base ball". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie-claude | 5/12/2011

    " Je l'ai lu en français en format électronique. J'ai aimé. Comment ne pas aimer Jane Austen? La finale m'a étonnée. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/6/2011

    " It's clear this was an early work, although I wasn't aware of that fact until I finished it. But I found it witty enough, just very rushed at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/2/2011

    " After a trip to Bath, it was time to read this Austen classic which I have not read. Lovely read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 esterb | 5/2/2011

    " A most delight­ful read. This is Austen’s first book writ­ten and it is (there­fore) the most unpol­ished. And it shows in her style. It is less diplo­matic and styled than her later works. And that is exactly what I liked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/2/2011

    " weak female leads. Frustrating Jane. I didn't expect that, not even for your first book. I hope no girl is as naive as Catherine.

    Good story, but lacking in dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 4/29/2011

    " I liked the book. It's different from others austen books but absolutely pleasant to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonne | 4/26/2011

    " It was a good read, was actually late coming back from lunch one day because I didnt want to put the book down! It is not one of Jane Austens more popular stories but it is worth taking a look at.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2011

    " Northanger Abbey has nothing on Jane Austen's other novels. I'm disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 4/24/2011

    " Loved this book. Recommend it . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dreamerdessa | 4/15/2011

    " Not as subtly humorous as Pride and Prejudice. Made me giggle and get angry in quick succession. Good story line. The ending is a little awkward. Enjoyed reading this book more than any other Austen book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Bradford | 4/14/2011

    " I love all of the Jane Austen romances but I love this book so much. It's so funny. She's basically making a mockery of a horror. It's fabulous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/3/2011

    " an uninteresting book. Even thought we had a genre change halfway through. What made me give this book 3 stars is that some of the characters were great. I hated one of them so much I even cursed out loud when he did something I disagreed with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shellie | 4/2/2011

    " This is the ultimate collection for any Jane Austin fan. It is gorgeous and look amazing on the shelf!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristiana | 3/8/2011

    " Love the novels, but this collection of Austen's works was so big and heavy that I found it awkward to read. I donated it to the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Telisha | 3/5/2011

    " Amazing book set, beautiful and well bound. Love having them all together in one compilation and what a set!
    Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kereesa | 3/2/2011

    " An excellent collection, though lacking Austen's unfinished and unpublished work, it nevertheless beautifully presents all of her novels in a nice form. For details on individual novels, please see their respective reviews. 5/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryver | 2/25/2011

    " I've read Pride & Prejudice and am now reading Sense & Sensibility. Along with reading these books, I am also collecting 2 versions each of the films. I enjoy them that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elle | 2/20/2011

    " I absolutely adore Jane Austen, I have read this entire book at least 20 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 2/15/2011

    " Highly impractical pocket for seven must-reads that deserve nice linen bindings.. At the time of publishing, e-books were not yet available. Nowadays, choose those to save on your holiday luggage.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/4/2011

    " bought it at a Spiritualist fete for £1. For all of her books, not a bad price. Unfortunately, it's also about a bazillion pages which makes it difficult to hold, and the font is awfully tiny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 1/16/2011

    " The best collection of books! Whatever mood you are in,t here is an Austen novel to compliment! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 1/12/2011

    " Jane Austen's works all in one edition. It can't get much better than this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances | 1/8/2011

    " I love Jane Austen. This is one of the few I keep on my shelf to re-read when I'm in the mood "

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About the Author
Author Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.