Northanger Abbey and the History of England (Annotated)

  • by Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning narrator and internationally acclaimed writer/comedienne, Alison Larkin brings her signature wit to this hugely entertaining audio production of Jane Austen's first novel, Northanger Abbey, followed by The History of England, a short, delightfully satirical piece that Austen wrote when she was just 15 years old.
In Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland, a clergyman's daughter, longs for the kind of romantic adventures she has read about in her favorite Gothic novels. After spending a season mingling with fashionable high society in Bath, she is invited to stay at Northanger Abbey where nothing is what it seems.
In The History of England, the teenage Jane Austen pokes fun at the historians of the day who pretended to be objective when they clearly were not, and wrote about the kings and queens of England with less respect (and more wit) than a British newspaper.

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Northanger Abbey



I have never read anything by the esteemed Jane Austen & decided to edify myself with this one. Throughout this book, I felt like I was eavesdropping on a High School girl's innermost thoughts, only back in Victorian England!

Ms. Austen definitely had a sense of satire & it shows in this book. The characters are annoying, airheaded, obsessed with fashion & comportment.....just exactly what Ms. Austen's world must have been like. I also loved the short "A History of England"....I only wish I knew more about the real history to get some of the allusions!

The narration by Alison Larkin was absolutely spot-on! Her various voices for the different characters added so very much to the enjoyment of this book! Most of the time, I really thought that I was following along with Miss Moreland on her adventures. I will definitely give more books narrated by Ms. Larkin a listen!

I was given the Audible version of this book by the narrator & chose to review it .
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- Neesie315

Jane Austen is always good...:)

Would you listen to Northanger Abbey and the History of England (Annotated) again? Why?

Yes, I would. I like Austen's novels, I come back to them quite frequently, althought I must admit that "Northanger Abbey" is the one that I read just once before. Listening to it now may count as my second meeting with the book - and a very pleasant one, thanks to Ms Larkin's interpretation:)


Who was your favorite character and why?

I'd say it's Catherine Morland, the heroine - I know, she is sentimental, head over heels in love with gothic romances, makes bad decisions and imagines things... but she is young, hungry for life in all its beauty and for extreme emotions... just like almost every girl her age:) And she is fantastically interpreted by Ms Larkin who portrays her as she is - a young inexperienced girl not really knowing the world outside her family circle, thrown into the "worldly" crowd and trying to find her own place there :)

I also loved the "History of England" part of the audiobook. I knew pieces of it as they were used in the 1999 film version of "Mansfield Park", but listening to the whole text was a great pleasure. And again, Ms Larkin's interpretation added even more fun to it:)


Which scene was your favorite?

There isn't one particular scene that I'd pinpoint as my favourite... There are many, really, that I like because of something small - it may be a piece of conversation or an image... But all of them make the book so intelligently funny...:)


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would gladly listen to it in one sitting on condition that I have no-one around me disturbing me all the time:) Austen's books, just like most classics, demand focus - the language and the style of writing is so totally different from modern writers'; the reader (or listener) has to concentrate a little bit more to follow the long sentences with quite a complicated structure...:) This being said, I like that old-fashioned and almost poetically rich kind of story-telling:)


Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Lidia Chymkowska

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-22-2017
  • Publisher: British Classic Audio