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Twilight references. Social media overload. Use of the word "totes." Where do I begin? Why is Henry Tilney Scottish and a lawyer? Why bizarrely alter the reason Catherine Morland is dismissed from Northanger Abbey? Why did I listen to this all the way through? Save yourself a credit and get this one from the library.
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Actually I don't have much to add to my headline. I had no idea there were British people, even teenagers, who sound like they're students at Oxford by way of San Fernando Valley circa 1980. (Isn’t that when Moon Zappa put out her famous song with the line "gag me with a spoon"?) I'm going to trust that Val McDermid did her homework for current slang in the British Isles... but the narrator was literally unbelievable.
Aside from the narration I think the writer did a creditable job transplanting the plot and characters of Jane Austen's 19th century parody of the Gothic novel. It is a good story and really, teenagers (although there was no such thing in the 19th century) haven't changed all that much. Some things are timeless and universal and that is what makes Jane Austen one of the truly great novelists.
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