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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105,268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Anna Massey Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Northanger Abbey tells the story of a young girl, Catherine Morland who leaves her sheltered, rural home to enter the busy, sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s. Austen observes with insight and humour the interaction between Catherine and the various characters whom she meets there, and tracks her growing understanding of the world about her. In this, her first full-length novel, Austen also fixes her sharp, ironic gaze on other kinds of contemporary novel, especially the Gothic school made famous by Ann Radcliffe. Catherine's reading becomes intertwined with her social and romantic adventures, adding to the uncertainties and embarrassments she must undergo before finding happiness.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ria Lize | 2/20/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yosh | 2/17/2014

    " The last few pages could have really been another entire book in their own right, but no matter! Overall, still a very cute story and the drama was just tiresome enough to make the ending feel good. "

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

    " It's by Austen; so naturally, I'm rereading it. But, particularly since I took a necromantic class at BYU and finally understand the references to Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho," I've been eager to revisit this particular novel. I'm reading it online, so it's slow-going (I don't care for this medium), but Austen's wit and insight intrigue me more with the passage of time. She never ages. "

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

    " 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. "

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

    " I liked that this was a different Jane Austen format in some ways. In others, it was just the same formula. I hate that she just sums up the best parts of her books - where the couple finally gets together - in passing. I did get bored in places and found myself skimming. The first part was a little slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna Sciabbarrasi | 1/29/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Yheela | 1/19/2014

    " A very fun novel, her take on the horror stories that were so popular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb Heid | 1/15/2014

    " This was perhaps my favorite Jane Austen novel that I have read to date. It is odd that her other works such as Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility should receive such attention while this novel remains unnoticed. Northanger Abbey was one of the first books Jane Austen wrote, which probably contributes to its different feel. Most of Jane Austen's characters in her more notable works are very refined and sensible, while Ms. Morland in Northanger Abbey is young, adventuresome, and prone to trouble. These attributes make for a much more interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savannah Milazzo | 1/15/2014

    " Austen promotes the novel and satirizes the gothic. Without a doubt, an exceptionally honest read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 12/13/2013

    " My favorite Jane Austen novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/29/2013

    " This was my first Jane Austen. I was impressed! I liked this a lot more than I expected to. I have heard that this is not her best work, and this makes me excited to read her other novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Stapleton | 9/27/2013

    " How could you not love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 8/5/2013

    " I first read this book when I was about thirteen. I had only a vague memory of it - towers and taking the waters at Bath were in there - when I re-read it on holiday last year. I loved it. It is so funny that it made me laugh out loud on occasion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aleena | 6/18/2013

    " I give this charming book 3.5 stars. It was sweet but at times slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariann Ryckman | 6/14/2013

    " Loved the characters, especially Henry Tilne. Found myself laughing outloud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 4/25/2013

    " 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 Moonstone | 1/29/2013

    " Satirical Jane Austen proves her distinguishing quality of talent even in her piece from her - arguably- juvenilia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virpi Ahonen | 11/23/2012

    " Probably the funniest Austen novel. A great mood boost anytime! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 10/20/2012

    " Besides loving Jane Austen, I think Catherine Morland one of Austen's more transparent heroines. I love the naive way that she shows how in love she is with Tilney. She is one of the characters that I least relate to, but maybe that's why I love her! "

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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

Anna Massey (1937–2011), the daughter of Hollywood actor Raymond Massey, was born in England and enjoyed an award-winning career on stage, in movies, and on television. Her stage roles earned her the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, the London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, and a nomination for a Tony Award for her only Broadway appearance, in The Reluctant Debutante. Her television awards include the UK’s BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and the RTS Television Award. Her best-known film roles were as Helen in Peeping Tom, Babs in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy, and more recently in The Oxford Murders and The Machinist. She received critical praise from AudioFile magazine for her narrations, especially of Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and Wild Swans by Jung Chang.