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This is very faithful to the original, and well recast in 21st century teen talk--- however, take the period out of Austen, and you have a light chic lit tale, too often told. I thought McDermid might bring out the darker satire of Northanger – my biggest concern before downloading was how would I react to McDermid’s usual graphic violence in an Austen classic – no worry! This re-telling will not alarm the most squeamish. I kept waiting for some kind of twist, so I kept listening (well, there’s one tiny cute twist, coming from McDermid). My time would have been better spent re-listening to Juliet Stephenson reading the original. Like an Oxford School paraphrasing of a Shakespeare play – why bother if you want more than the bare story, and if you just want the bare story, why go on (and on) about tweeting Twilight and other modern teen concerns? If the intent was to make the novel more accessible to younger audiences, I think that’s a miss, too: the beauty of Austen is that she draws readers into more complex prose and period. Perhaps if the market weren’t flooded with Austen spin-offs, this might have been a novelty at least.
P.S. The blurbs in the publisher’s summary MUST be about other McDermid novels!
If you could sum up Northanger Abbey in three words, what would they be?
Fun, modern, witty
What was one of the most memorable moments of Northanger Abbey?
The scene when Henry apologises for his fathers actions, it has a unexpected moment when compared to Austens version which was quite fun
Have you listened to any of Jane Collingwood’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't but I think I will now!
Any additional comments?
This modernisation is done with real feeling to the original, I would highly recommend it and I will be listening to it again and again,
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A modern Jane Austen story with the typically characters and plot set in modern Edinburgh. I found myself smiling and giggeling.
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