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Northanger Abbey follows seventeen-year-old Gothic novel aficionado Catherine Morland and family friends Mr. and Mrs. Allen as they visit Bath. It is Catherine's first visit there. She meets new friends, such as Isabella Thorpe, and goes to balls. Catherine finds herself pursued by Isabella's brother, the rough-mannered, slovenly John Thorpe, and by her real love interest, Henry Tilney. She also becomes friends with Eleanor Tilney, Henry's younger sister. Henry captivates her with his view on novels and his knowledge of history and the world. General Tilney (Henry and Eleanor's father) invites Catherine to visit their estate, Northanger Abbey, which, from her reading of Ann Radcliffe's Gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho, she expects to be dark, ancient and full of Gothic horrors and fantastical mystery. Narrators: Arie and Elizabeth KlettCatherine Morland: Woolly BeeHenry Tilney: Jason MillsIsabella Thorpe: Beth ThomasMrs. Allen: Michele EatonEleanor Tilney: Amanda FridayGeneral Tilney: Algy PugJohn Thorpe: Phil BensonJames Morland: BeniaminoMassimoMrs. Morland: FiddlesticksMr. Allen: Norman ElferMrs. Thorpe: Natalie PaulaMr. Morland: inflectedFootman: Glenn O'BrienCaptain Tilney: Ivory BallardSarah Morland: Frances BrownMrs. Hughes: Etel BussAnne Thorpe: thestorygirlMaria Thorpe: Lydia Audio edited by: Elizabeth Barr and Elizabeth Klett
Most of the readers are good and the story was quite enjoyable.
At time of this review, Librivox offers three different versions of the audiobook. Curiously, it seems they share all the same reviews. So, if you don't like one version, then try another! Quite different from one another ....
The majority of the readers are great. I'm not sure why there are so many complaints. There were only a couple readers that were very terrible, but as they only read a few chapters the book was still enjoyable.
The iTunes Podcast version of this book is horrible - if you do not like the change of readers, try the iPhone Mp4 Audiobook version, which is read in its entirety by Elizabeth Clett.
I should have checked before I began reading this because I do not like the change of readers in any book. Some of these readers were distracting and the flow of the story was therefor uneven.
The readers switching for each chapter was distracting. Chapter 5 was brutal and I had to stop.
I did not like that there was a new reader with every chapter. Hard to enjoy the story when you're constantly adjusting to a new reading style.
Most of the readers were very good, but I wasn't happy with the chapter 10 reader. She read with absolutely no inflection and you couldn't tell who was talking in the dialogue sections. Other than that, I loved listening to this. Witty, enjoyable, and I loved all the characters. One of Jane's best.
Very enjoyable read. Surprisingly funny and very well written. Definitely one of Austen's best.
A lovely treat to listen to this early Austen novel. Her work certainly lends itself to being read - unsurprising given Austen's family culture of giving readings and putting on plays. The rhythm and nuances are less likely to escape the ear than the impatient eye, at least in my case. Some of the characterisation, particularly of the hero, seems a little idealised and not fully rounded, as you might expect in an early work - but it is witty, fluent and uplifting. There are many readers, with different voices for the characters, which is a little unsettling, but don't forgo the pleasure of the book on that account.
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