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Northanger Abbey (version 3 Dramatic Reading)

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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

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Jane Austen (1803)


THIS little work was finished in the year 1803, and intended for immediate publication. It was disposed of to a bookseller, it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded no farther, the author has never been able to learn. That any bookseller should think it worth while to purchase what he did not think it worth while to publish seems extraordinary. But with this, neither the author nor the public have any other concern than as some observation is necessary upon those parts of the work which thirteen years have made comparatively obsolete. The public are entreated to bear in mind that thirteen years have passed since it was finished, many more since it was begun, and that during that period, places, manners, books, and opinions have undergone considerable changes.


No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine. Her situation in life, the character of her father and mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally against her... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 1, 2018
Subject: Mostly good reading
Most of the readers are good and the story was quite enjoyable.
Reviewer: - July 17, 2016
Subject: Different versions available
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 ....
Reviewer: - September 28, 2015
Subject: Great book, decent reading
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.
Reviewer: - April 12, 2015
Subject: Northanger Abbey
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.
Reviewer: - September 23, 2014
Subject: Northanger Abbey
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.
Reviewer: - July 1, 2014
The readers switching for each chapter was distracting. Chapter 5 was brutal and I had to stop.
Reviewer: - September 25, 2013
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.
Reviewer: - June 3, 2013
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.
Reviewer: - May 31, 2013
Very enjoyable read. Surprisingly funny and very well written. Definitely one of Austen's best.
Reviewer: - December 2, 2012
Subject: many readers
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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