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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ITGHQPE
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Northanger Abbey Audiobook – Unabridged
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All of Jane Austen's books have been on my TBR list for a while, however, going to the Jane Austen festival in Bath spurred me onto read Northanger Abbey, since it is primarily set in Bath and it was the focus of the festival this year.
To begin with I couldn't get into it, to be honest I found it a little boring, but after a couple of chapters I'll admit I was hooked! I love Pride and Prejudice, but I'll admit Northanger Abbey was much easier to read, it was simpler and more youthful in a way. Catherine is a naive young girl, and although her naivety was frustrating at times, her characters really is very endearing and understandable. I saw a lot of my teenage self in her; she contently feels like she isn't well enough informed to make up her own mind and is far too trusting in others, however, she grows throughout the book and I was pleased by the ending, although I found it a little abrupt and would have liked more on that part of the story. Henry was the perfect hero and some of his conversations showed amazing insight into human nature on Miss Austen's part. Although there is romance in this novel, the main focus is really on friendship and telling the difference between real and fake friendship, which I though was important, especially for someone Catherine's age.
Northanger Abbey has definitely inspired me to continue reading Jane Austen's books!
A bit difficult, some things long winded some things just inferred. The beauty of them they draw you in requiring your attention. You could read it again and see whole new angles.
A good story Emma portrays events through the lead character. It shows how one side of a story is never enough for a realistic picture. How easily we can be deceived.
I liked it most as I believed it showed that though times have changed immensely since it was written. Love is a constant, we still make matches for ourselves and others, edge around the subject to avoid rejection, don't realise who we care about until something happens and feel incomplete without it.
Virtually nothing happens and it relies upon description of pretty innocuous events most of which are just too similar. On-screen that is fine because the description is replaced by often glorious images.
I obviously knew the story in advance but this was my first Jane Austen 'read'. It will be a while before I bother again.
As usual, McCall Smith reveals his wry and humorous observation of class classics and behaviour, while bringing Jane's characters back to life in the twenty-first century. Great holiday or fireside reading.
I doubt if it will be read in a century from now, though I'm sure the original will; no matter, just get it and enjoy!
Emma does redeem herself somewhat at the end, when she accepts that her 'friend' was in fact well suited to be with the gentleman farmer.
It definitely is a book of its time and opens the shutters on the upper middle classes.
I'm enjoying the clear diction of Jenny Agutter, and as I've been reading the first chapters along with her on CD, I can confirm that it really is word-for- word.
Audio books can take a bit of getting used to. I've listened to some where the voice of the auditor is plain wearying especially after listening to it for hours. Until you find a favourite "voice" to follow it can be a hit-and-miss choice.
So - I'll look for more of J.A's unabridged work ... both Austen, and Agutter.
Downside? It may be personal thing, but I found at first that the story is narrated at a faster clip than I would have read it myself. Of course, there is a whole book to narrate, and it's 12 discs long, already! I'm getting used to the brisker pace.