Northanger Abbey

Letto da: Nadia May
Durata: 7 ore e 33 min
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Jane Austen's first major novel, a parody of the popular literature of the time, is an ironic tale of the romantic folly of men and women in pursuit of love, marriage, and money. The humorous adventures of young Catherine as she encounters "the difficulties and dangers of a six weeks' residence in Bath" lead to some of Austen's most brilliant social satire.

There is Catherine's hilarious liaison with a paragon of bad manners and boastfulness; her disastrous friendship with an unforgettably crass coquette; and a whirl of cotillion dances with their timeless mortifications. A visit to ancient Northanger Abbey, the ancestral home of the novel's handsome hero, excites the irrepressible Catherine's hopes of romance amid gothic horrors. But what awaits her there is a drama of a different kind, in this most youthfully exuberant and broadly comic of Jane Austen's works.

©1818 Public Domain (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Joseph R
  • 05/03/2009

Austen Stretching Her Wings

In the movie "The Jane Austen Book Club" Riggs says that Northanger Abby is a book about writing books. The young authoress Jane Austen stretches her wings and tries to find her way through the air. At first, I thought that she was taking a shot at the famous author of the day Mrs. Anne Radcliff. Now, I think that in Northanger Abby, Miss Austen was paying her respects.

This a fun book and has become my favorite Austen book with the qualification, my favorite Austen book is usually the one I am reading. Northanger Abby is great when one doesn't want to be bothered with any deep thoughts. Austen's leading ladies are quite different from one another but are very strong women with definite guiding principles and boundaries which they will never cross. I can easily imagine falling in love with any of them (except Lady Susan) and being very happy.

Catherine Moreland is no clever witty Elizabeth Bennett, self controlled Elinor Dashwood, long suffering Anne Elliot or rich beautiful Emma Woodhouse. Nope, Catherine is "almost pretty", naive, not overly well educated, not at all clever but she is sincere, straight forward and I easily understand why Henry got swept away by her. A man cannot resist a decent looking woman with good sense who is in love with him. (That's an Austen paraphrase.)

One observation, Catherine Moreland is a naive unworldly girl but she "ain't" the only one. Pay attention to the very worldly John and Isabella Thorpe and General Tillme. Just as Miss Bingley never had a shot at Mr. Darcy(even without a Elizabeth Bennett), John Thorpe never had a shot at Catherine but was self deluded into thinking she was his for the asking. Isabella was so interested in the bird in the bush that she let slip the bird in the hand and lost both. John and Isabella Thorpe are case studies in how to do everything wrong while trying to captivate a member of the opposite sex. This book is a feel good tonic.

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  • Generale
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  • Storia
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  • Anonymous User
  • 22/05/2020

Nadia May is Superb..

Nadia May did a splendid job bringing Austin's characters to life. The satire and language expressing it are hallmarks of Austin's, of course, and the pace, voices and intonations are spot on and very entertaining.

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • John
  • 24/10/2017

Hilarious and delightful

This pokes fun at gothic romances and other contemporary styles in a really hilarious way. Readers already familiar with early 19th century modes and tropes will get the most out of this silly marriage plot. I laughed out loud—moments were just so ridiculous (in a good way) and predictable (in a tongue-in-cheek way).

  • Generale
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  • Ashley
  • 16/06/2015

Excellent narration, enjoyable story

I enjoyed Northanger Abbey more than I enjoyed Sense and Sensibility, about as much as I enjoyed Emma, and slightly less than I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice.

The narration was excellent; I loved how the narrator brought all of the characters through their various voices.

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Margaret R. Harris
  • 02/06/2015

My new favorite Jane Austen. Genuinely funny!

The reader really brings the humor and sarcasm to Ms. Austen's narration. Catherine is loveable and adorably bumbling

  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Moe
  • 07/01/2010

Prattle

Though I think it's prattle, I'll listen to it when I study. Like white noise. No need to think.

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  • Generale
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  • marie theresa lilley
  • 28/04/2015

Better than reading the book!

Although an Austen fan this was not one of my favourite books, however the audio was free with the ebook, and I have to say the narration made the story so much more enjoyable. Would listen to this narrator again. She did the Thorpes very well. Good range of voices for the different characters.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Neal Dench
  • 13/03/2020

Worth listening a second time

I should probably listen to this audiobook again at some point, but what frustrated me about this book is that so much energy was spent on the mannered comedy (and yes, I realise that it’s supposed to be satire) that there didn’t seem to be that much in the way of plot. Or, at least, by the time we got to any kind of plot I’d lost interest. However, the narration of this particular version is excellent, and is worth repeating for that reason alone, and I do feel I should give it another chance, because the writing is excellent, as you would expect Austen to be, and the humour is apparent from the start.

  • Generale
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20/08/2019

Moralistic romance

I enjoyed the story and the narrator, it was fairly obvious how the story would unfold.... But a good romp any how.

  • Generale
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  • Tweedledum
  • 16/03/2019

A Gem of a Book

Force fed Northanger Abbey for O-level at a time when I was wholly unable to appreciate its genius and resentful of having to reproduce explanations and rationales to suit examiners questions, I have waited far too long to revisit this book. The narration is exquisite, perfectly drawing out the irony of Austen’s writing. At 15 I viewed Catherine Moreland as a silly empty headed girl, whose fortunes I had no interest in and having no knowledge of the history of the novel approached the task of assimilating it as a boring necessity. Now I am blown away but Austen’s skill, her lightness of touch and economy of words. An absolute joy.

  • Generale
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  • Alexa Davenport
  • 06/01/2019

Most drole

The most satirical and witty of all her novels.she builds a wonderful picture of a over imaginative naive seventeen year old Catherine Moreland stumbling through her first adventures in society

  • Generale
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  • Roman Clodia
  • 16/01/2016

A good reading of my least favourite Austen novel

Where does Northanger Abbey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This isn't Austen's most sophisticated work, but May gives a quietly spirited reading all the same. She brings out the irony without over-emphasising it and has a sympathy for the text. An enjoyable listen.

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