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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Austen Narrator: Sally Welzel Publisher: Real Reads Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Julie Johnstone | 2/11/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Aleta | 1/26/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, that is until the end. I don't think I've ever said this about a book before, but I felt like this book should have been another 50 to 100 pages longer. The ending was so abrupt. It felt like Austen got sick of writing this book and just wrapped it up as quick as she could. But overall, this was a great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 1/14/2014

    " 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 Shana Wolfe | 1/12/2014

    " Funny, witty and a charming read. Romance as well. It has it all!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debrathegreat | 12/25/2013

    " Someday I hope my life is as amazing as Jane Austen Novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaina Warfield | 12/19/2013

    " 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 Lindsey | 11/22/2013

    " plot wasn't bad. ending could be better. it was rather bland and even a bit upsetting. "

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

    " It is quite slow up to chapter 17, now is getting more interesting... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Zormier | 10/29/2013

    " You can not go wrong with Jane Austen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Engberg | 4/9/2013

    " I think this is the cleverest of Austen's works, if not the most engaging. Who says she's among Hawthorne's "horde of scribbling women?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/1/2013

    " I thought it was pretty good, just really descriptive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/31/2012

    " 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 Cindy | 9/9/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madeline Reid | 5/30/2012

    " Took me a while to get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 9/5/2011

    " I think this might be Austen's most humorous book for me. I was chuckling out loud when the character was spooking herself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antediluvianbychoice | 5/24/2011

    " Pleasantly surprised by this one. Guess I wasn't much "up" my Austen, but figured I'd read her best. Nice to stand corrected. "

  • 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 "

  • 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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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.