In Northanger Abbey, a young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. Austen's first, this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
I don't wish to be too negative, but on this occasion I will just have to be. I am not sure why, but the narrator for this book seemed, in my opinion, totally unsuitable for this story. A very 'odd' accent didn't help as it clashed with the rather 'old-fashioned' style of writing and language used, indeed in some of the passages she seemed to become totally tongue-tied. If you can, I would recommend trying another version of this book before this one.
Is it really appropriate to feature an American narrator reading classic British literature? Her mispronunciation of British place names really jars.
Mary Agliotta read this story wonderfully and brought the story to life, although I will say that it took me a while to figure out who everyone was as she doesn't change her voice that much between the characters. Saying that though, I did not find it effected my enjoyment of the story.
The story itself is like many of Jane Austen's novels. The characters feel real because she deals with real emotions and situations and gives an insight to how different society was during Jane's time.
I really enjoyed this version of Northanger Abbey. However, I did note that in the middle chapters the narrator gets a little tongue-tied.
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