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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Anna Massey Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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Young and susceptible, Catherine Morland expects dark secrets and many dangers to be lurking in the hidden recesses of Northanger Abbey. In fact, the real obstacles lying in her path are more mundane, but just as serious as her imagined horrors.

Thought to be Austen's earliest novel, this audio version is read tremendously by Anna Massey, a much respected and prolific theatre, television, and film actress. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie Davis linhares | 2/6/2014

    " This is my favorite Austen book by far! "

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

    " I've always liked Northanger Abbey and I enjoyed it more on rereading it than I remember having liked it to begin with. Certainly the main character is incredibly silly at times, but her sweetness of nature more than mitigates that. In addition, I remember knowing adolescents who were equally silly with that same heightened sense of drama which made the character sadly realistic to me. The story is engaging and furthermore, the romantic hero of Henry Tilney is my favorite of all of Austen's leading men. His intelligence and humor and genuineness all make me think I would prefer knowing him to Darcy any day of the week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 1/28/2014

    " Being by the great Jane Austen, it's inevitable that this book be thoroughly entertaining and funny, with wonderful characters that you come to really love or hate. However, while I think we're meant to love the heroine, she's so ridiculous that I found it hard to put up with hearing her thoughts for a hundred or so pages. I know the book is satirical, but Catherine Morland's silliness just goes too far sometimes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caris Rubenzer | 1/23/2014

    " I really did want to like this book, but the slow pace and 2-dimensional characters left me speed reading through to the very end, just so I could finish it. Perhaps it is the style of the book to be needlessly drawn out but I found it boring and a chore. I much preferred other Austen works such as Pride and Prejudice. "

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/24/2013

    " Best to have an annotated version, you get more from understanding the times that are explained in the notes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grandma | 12/19/2013

    " My least favorite by Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 12/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Bradford | 11/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 10/4/2013

    " As I finished this book it reminded me again how much I love Jane Austen. She creates such great characters! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Metka | 9/28/2013

    " Well. Didn't know Austin wrote in such a poor manner, sometimes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 9/1/2013

    " 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 Ilhem | 10/6/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tieria's | 10/3/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fawn | 8/22/2012

    " This is not my favorite Austen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 7/25/2012

    " As I work through all of the Austen books I inevitably got to this one. Not that great. The section in Bath was ok, but it went downhill quickly. Meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virpi Ahonen | 7/2/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mendy-Sue | 5/26/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book although it seemed life a fluff book - easy reading and a bit of silliness. Life was so much simpler for women back then! I would recommend if you are a Jane Austen fane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucy | 2/1/2012

    " I tried very hard to like this, but it just did not hold my interest at all. When it was due to go back to the library, I still had a quarter of the book left to read... and I just did not care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/29/2011

    " love JA's take off on the Gothic novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie Daetwyler | 10/17/2011

    " A nice change from a typical Austen book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geisha Cielos | 9/9/2011

    " After four months on my "currently reading list" I am finally done. "

  • 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. "

  • 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. "

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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.