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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.
221 of 233 people found this review helpful
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.
59 of 62 people found this review helpful
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.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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!!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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.