- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Alison Larkin Presents
- Audible.com Release Date: February 22, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X3YD536
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Northanger Abbey and the History of England (Annotated) Audiobook – Unabridged
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Like my daughter who is a voracious reader of historical romance novels, the heroine in Northanger Abbey is 17-year old Catherine Morland, who enjoys reading gothic novels to the point of believing that there must be some truth behind the stories. [I'll never forget my then 16-year old daughter crying to me one night after she experienced her first kiss because "it wasn't like it is in romance novels."]
Catherine is the most naïve of all Austen heroines. You can really see how she matures throughout the book and over the few months she spends in Bath with kindly and wealthy neighbors. Catherine is sincere, honest, goodhearted, and never pretends to be anyone other than who she is. I could really relate to Catherine's character as her crush on Mr. Tilney develops into a fond admiration from their first acquaintance; her steadfastness never wavers from him even though she was shown great attention and preference by someone else.
Alison Larkin's narration was simply wonderful. As she does with all of her narrations, Alison uses differing voices for all characters, and changes up the tempo during the most exciting parts of the story. But my favorite aspect of Alison's narration is that she delivers what Jane Austen wrote with satiric wit, just as the great author intended 200 years ago. As an added bonus, this version of the audiobook includes a few summaries of England's monarchs from Jane's point of view, many of which are laugh out loud funny. Brava!
Northanger Abbey is the adventures of seventeen year old Catherine Morland who accompanies her family’s friends, the wealthy Allens for a stay in Bath. Catherine is one of ten children and with sensible, parents of comfortable income, but no brilliance just a trip of this nature is enough to excite her imaginations. Catherine starts out disappointed at having no acquaintances and then she is introduced to sparkling and witty Henry Tilney. Then she is taken with her new friend, Isabella Thorpe who shares her love for gothic novels. The growing friendship with Isabella doesn’t banish Henry Tilney from her thoughts though soon the arrival of Catherine’s and Isabella’s respective brothers and Henry’s family liven things up in Bath and from there, the Tilney family seat of Northanger Abbey. Misunderstandings, marital machinations, jealousies, and plotting all swirl around the innocent Catherine as she learns where true friendship lies, duty, family loyalty, embarrassing mishaps, and first love.
Catherine’s story is meant to make the reader laugh. It’s not a serious piece as is evidenced by the narrator winking at the reader and inviting him or her to journey along with young Catherine as she goes out into the world for the first time and learns that not everyone can be taken at their word, that her worldview might be wanting, and that naïve or not, young Catherine can spot a worthy hero when she sees one. Henry Tilney is a sparkling and witty young man who sees the folly in others, but it doesn’t change his own cheerful goodness and kindness. He is patient with Catherine even when she pulls a stunt that would put off most people. Catherine comes into her own with the story, but it is also sweetened by a first love that deepens with understanding.
The novel is followed up by a- tongue firmly tucked into cheek- fast moving History of England that is good for giving the reader a glimpse into the early brilliance of a young Jane Austen. The History is a short piece and I do believe those who detest history lessons would get a kick out of this.
Alison Larkin was a good fit for Jane Austen’s works. She brought out the tone and the brilliance of Austen’s wit and the engaging nature of characters and plot. She caught just the way of the characters’ voices and emotions, but also the historical era of the writing.
All in all, I enjoyed this latest opportunity to experience Jane Austen’s work through a brilliant audio rendition. I can easily recommend this one to first timers to Austen or long-time fans alike.
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