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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Val McDermid Narrator: Liz Pearce Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Austen Project Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781490631530
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From bestselling crime author Val McDermid comes the second book in The Austen Project, a modern re-imagining of Jane Austen’s gothic classic

Seventeen-year-old Catherine ‘Cat’ Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat’s wealthy neighbors, the Allens, invite her to the Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons.

Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behavior seems designed to thwart Cat’s growing fondness for Henry.

Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat’s imagination runs riot: an ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts…and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic?

But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s an archness and precision to McDermid’s prose that beautifully echoes Austen’s own…McDermid makes it very much her own, although any skeletons in the cupboards remain strictly metaphorical.”

    New York Times

  • “Long before our modern-day crime author draws a final, canny ace from her tartan sleeve, you’ll have succumbed to the delights of Northanger à la McDermid.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Following Austen’s story line but diverging in distinctive ways of her own, McDermid captures the naïvete of the protagonist of Austen’s prose…Rife with conflicts of love, gossip, misunderstandings, and updates on social media, it is an accessible and enjoyable read, especially rewarding for young readers as a gateway into appreciating the classics.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Austen’s most gothic-toned story is well modernized by McDermid, who demonstrates her fondness for the sometimes foolish heroine in witty asides. The updates are clever and creative…McDermid’s descriptions of scenery and settings are excellent, and overall this Austen experiment is a success.”

    Library Journal

  • “McDermid’s brilliant update of the characters’ outlooks, philosophies, and attitudes within a modern context makes this a reimagined delight for Austen fans.”


  • “[This audiobook reveals] Liz Pearce’s enthusiasm and talent with a variety of accents…Pearce’s best effort is her portrayal of Bella Thorpe, whose nasal, high-pitched voice and habit of drawing out her words soooo often are perfect for her unlikable character.”


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About the Author
Author Val McDermid

Val McDermid is the author of the popular Kate Brannigan series, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, and the Lindsay Gordon series. She has also written a number of other standalone works, including A Place of Execution, Killing the Shadows, The Distant Echo, and Stranded, a collection of short stories. Before becoming a writer full-time, McDermid worked at the Manchester Evening News as a crime reviewer, and she still writes regularly for a number of national newspapers. She currently divides her time between Manchester and Northumberland, England.

About the Narrator

Liz Pearce has performed on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall, in London’s West End, in National and International tours, and at countless regional theaters across the country. Originally from Portsmouth, England, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with a BFA degree in musical theater.