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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: Sally Welzel Publisher: Real Reads Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An accurate and entertaining retelling of jane Austen's timeless classic.

This is one of a series of six retellings of Jane Austen's great novels, published by Real Reads. It is true to the original in plot and character, as well as is style and syntax. Real Reads are great introductions to the world's great literature, and enjoyable listens in their own right.

The time has come for an unlikely heroine to have a real adventure.

Catherine Moorland has little experience of the world. When a neighbour takes her to visit the fashionable city of Bath, her naiveté leaves her vulnerable. Who should Catherine trust? Whose friendship is genuine and whose will be harmful?

Catherine's adventure becomes sinister when she visits Northanger Abbey. What is hidden in the locked cabinet? Why are the General's children afraid of him? What terrible secrets does he keep in his dead wife's bedroom?

Guided only by the gothic horror stories she so loves reading, Catherine stumbles through her adventures. Will her's be a happy ending? Will she find a hero to share her 'happily ever after'?

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

    " Fabulous! The easiest Jane Austen read and absolutely hilarious. A total page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kayleigh Marie | 2/13/2014

    " I was very disappointed that I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted too :(. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Veronica | 2/13/2014

    " Northanger Abbey is certainly not as acclaimed as Austen's latter works, but there are still a lot of aspects to be dug from its pages. I won't really go into those aspects since I'll be writing three essays on such in class, but as an utterly charmed Jane Austen reader, I must love this book because it's amazing in a different way from Pride and Prejudice and the rest. Jane Austen uses her delectable ability of satire to create a parody of a Gothic novel and one of the best heroes I've ever read in her own books and in literature. His name is Henry, Henry Tilney, clergyman and mouthpiece of Austen's didactic irony. The personalities of the naive Catherine and the playfully ironic Henry Tilney make for one of the best couples I've ever had the pleasure to read. In their relationship Austen creates something rare and, I think, irresistibly beautiful. Catherine is diffident and ignorant of the aspects of human nature and its tendencies, and Henry, drawn by the irresistible charm of teaching her, uses his characteristic irony to prompt her to form her own opinions and develop a sense of discernment. He does not take advantage of her ignorance to exploit her, but delights in spurring her, teaching her, and thus grows to love her. Yet at the same time, Catherine's fantastical distortion of reality, spurred by her avid reading of Gothic novels, sees through social pretense to the true nature of people like the General, who, although not murderously villainous, is still a mercenary and greedy--something which Henry, wrapped in his own notions of civility and realism, fails to see. Thus, I see this book as Austen playing a big ironic joke on her protagonists, yet teaching them, through the ridicule of their notions, to learn human nature more accurately. And it is a big ironic joke on us, the readers (or at least the sentimental ones like myself) as she deflates the glorified sentimentalities of romances with relish. I truly enjoyed the excitement of Catherine's coming of age and maturing into a more discerning, less flighty young woman, and Austen's development of the most outspoken and impudent of her heroes; and although Northanger Abbey has been more criticized than praised over the years, I can't help but hold it as dear as her other volumes, and perhaps, for its defense of the novel as worthy of literary merit (and the creation of Henry Tilney) even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie Johnstone | 2/11/2014

    " My favourite of the Austen's. Love a bit of mystery. "

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