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Publisher's Summary

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.
This Audible Originals production of Northanger Abbey stars Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Snow White and the Huntsman, St. Trinian's), Douglas Booth (Noah, Great Expectations, The Riot Club), Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse, The Railway Man, Now Is Good), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland) and Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Never Let Me Go, Kick-Ass 2), amongst others.
Public Domain (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Impressive." ( Harper's Bazaar)
"This new production marries the author's wit, charm and dry humour with performances from some of the UK's leading actors." ( Psychologies)
"A wonderful new dramatisation." ( The Times)
"Emma Thompson leads a large, glitzy cast." ( Economist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily - Audible on 07-21-17

A Treasure

Northanger Abbey has always been one of my favorite Austen stories (along with Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and… oh). Anyway—it ranks WAY higher than Mansfield Park, at least. But I’ve always loved that it’s Austen’s most obvious play at satire, demonstrating, perhaps ironically (or maybe, given Austen’s own life, not at all) what kind of trouble a wild imagination can get a young woman into. So it lends itself beautifully to this new high-spirited, and very funny, dramatization. It even seems that Austen has herself been cast as the omniscient and wise narrator (and who else more fully embodies those qualities than the brilliant Emma Thompson?). If you love a good comedy of manners, don’t miss this delightful audio-only treasure.

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1 out of 5 stars
By D. Littman on 09-08-17

There is no substitute for unabridged

This audiobook looked very good at first glance with an array of professional actor narrators handling a volume with much character dialogue. The Book has large sections of description and context which is lost by converting a long volume of text into a short play. In Austen as in many other novelists abridgment of this kind results in a huge loss. I'm afraid that reading or listening to a well narrated version of the entire book is superior to a skinnied down version. There is more than one unabridged version of this book available in audio.

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226 of 241 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By S Plateau on 07-31-17

Austen's best work brought to life

Northanger Abbey is often overshadowed by Jane Austen's other greats such as Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. However I think that it is some of her best work, bringing just the right amount of drama, romance and heartache into a brilliant story.

The cast is absolutely fantastic, with once again the amazing Emma Thompson perfectly capturing Austen's dry sense of humour and wit within the text. Ella Purnell really brings to life the innocence and naivety of Catherine and Jeremy Irvine makes Henry a lovable bachelor.

I'd highly recommend this to anyone, it's a really enjoyable listen with a great cast to match.

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15 of 17 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 08-04-17

Joyfully Done.

i first read this as a teenager and was swept up in the romance, totally missing the slight silliness of the heroine.
This adaptation looks at her squarely, but with great affection, for what she is, a very young, very naive girl, oblivious to other people's schemes.
I don't remember the gentle humour at her overblown, over-dramatic gushiyness but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I don't understand the criticisms of other reviewers for the narrator, and the idea that she is an American is hysterical!
Emma Thompson plays the part of Jane Austin brilliantly. Her love for her heroine is clear but she is not blind to her failings. The pace of the narration moves with the pace of the narrative and I adored it.
I'm off now to read the book to compare it to this adaptation and see what I missed as a girl.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 07-28-17

Absolutely brilliant!

One of the best Audio books I've listened to in a very long time. So happy that Audible have put this together! I have long been a massive fan of Jane Austen's works and you have done Northanger Abbey absolute justice. Amazing voice acting by all the actors involved. Please continue to make more of these!!!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Gavininc on 04-27-18

Jane Austen and Emma Thompson = Perfect Story Esca

What made the experience of listening to Northanger Abbey the most enjoyable?

Emma's narration and the experienced voice actors. Such thought was put into consistent performances.

What did you like best about this story?

It's as relevant today as it was 150 years ago

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

They bring a sense of urgency, felicity and humanity

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and felt for out protagonist

Any additional comments?

Northanger Abbey is such a simple romantic story that will transport you to Victorian England.

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