Northanger Abbey

  • by Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Northanger Abbey, a young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. Austen's first, this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels.


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Austen's Cold Bath or Austen's City Limits

This was an early, minor work of a literary giant. Northanger Abbey was a pleasant parody, but didn't have much narrative momentum. Certain devices were executed well enough (direct address, discussion of novels, etc) and Austen's ability for dialogue, social maneuverings, social criticism and gothic intricacies must have been womb-developed since they already seem mature with this her first competed (although it was also her last published) novel.

Northanger Abbey was, along with Persuasion, published posthumously. Both novels centered on society in Bath, but NA just didn't have the chops of Austen's final novel (Persuasion). So while they both tend to bookend her writing career, they are uneven bookends for sure.

I've experienced enough Austen now to know that it isn't the social romance novel that I'm reacting too, just a novel that isn't fully formed. Perhaps, I am just put off by NA's uncanny valley of the full-bore, more natural, later, better Jane Austen.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Couldn't listen to the end!

Would you try another book from Jane Austen and/or Mary Sarah Agliotta?


What did you like best about this story?

Jane Austen is great!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator has no idea about the right pronunciation of places in England. She had no emotional involvment with the story. Very poor rendering.

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- Martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2012
  • Publisher: Trout Lake Media