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Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen's "Gothic parody." Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist. The story's unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry's mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art. A deliberate parody of the horrific strand in popular culture, as Jane Austen no doubt herself would observe if she could see the burgeoning cult of the Undead in Unliterary culture - It is as if Northanger Abbey had never been written! Hear it and laugh.

A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen's "Gothic parody." Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist. The story's unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry's mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art. A deliberate parody of the horrific strand in popular culture, as Jane Austen no doubt herself would observe if she could see the burgeoning cult of the Undead in Unliterary culture - It is as if Northanger Abbey had never been written! Hear it and laugh.
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A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen's "Gothic parody." Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist. The story's unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry's mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art. A deliberate parody of the horrific strand in popular culture, as Jane Austen no doubt herself would observe if she could see the burgeoning cult of the Undead in Unliterary culture - It is as if Northanger Abbey had never been written! Hear it and laugh.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julian Stevens

Length:

9h 47m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:10


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:48


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

25:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

19:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

23:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

30:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

28:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

26:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

24:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:03


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:11