Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen narrated by Alison Larkin

Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen
narrated by Alison Larkin

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Just released: February 2017
Publisher: British Classic Audio
Genre: Classic, Romance
Rating: 5

Award-winning narrator and internationally acclaimed writer/comedienne, Alison Larkin brings her signature wit to this hugely entertaining audio production of Jane Austen's first novel, Northanger Abbey, followed by The History of England, a short, delightfully satirical piece that Austen wrote when she was just 15 years old.

In Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland, a clergyman's daughter, longs for the kind of romantic adventures she has read about in her favorite Gothic novels. After spending a season mingling with fashionable high society in Bath, she is invited to stay at Northanger Abbey where nothing is what it seems.

In The History of England, the teenage Jane Austen pokes fun at the historians of the day who pretended to be objective when they clearly were not, and wrote about the kings and queens of England with less respect (and more wit) than a British newspaper.

My two-bits:

Such a treat for Jane Austen fans.

As I love Jane Austen's works this was another take on something already good in portraying life during the 1800s with a female perspective.

And as I have enjoyed Alison Larkin's previous audio renditions of Jane's novels, this telling continues in the series to be fabulous.

Mr. Tilney's comments and comparisons of dancing and marriage tickled me this time around.

Ooo, the manipulating and machinations.

The story's views and descriptions of being on vacation in Bath got me adding that location on the travel bucket list!

There is an additional bonus reading of The History of England after Northanger Abbey in which you get some thoughts on royalty. You get a sense of Jane's sense of humor. The original copy was scanned and is available to view (here) which include illustrations.



* review copy courtesy of narrator


  1. For some reason, Northanger Abbey is the one, of all her novels, that tickles my funny bone the most. This was my first time with her History of England and I laughed while at the same time appreciating the talent she showed while just a young girl.

  2. This was a good book for sure. :)


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