Northanger Abbey (version 2)


Read by Elizabeth Klett

(4.7 stars; 2005 reviews)

Northanger Abbey follows Catherine Morland and family friends Mr. and Mrs. Allen as they visit Bath, England. Seventeen year-old Catherine spends her time visiting newly-made friends, such as Isabella Thorpe, and going to balls. Catherine finds herself pursued by Isabella's brother John Thorpe (Catherine's brother James's friend from university), and by Henry Tilney. She also becomes friends with Eleanor Tilney, Henry's younger sister. Henry captivates her with his view on novels and his knowledge of history and the world. General Tilney (Henry and Eleanor's father) invites Catherine to visit their estate, Northanger Abbey, which, because she has been reading Ann Radcliffe's gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho, Catherine expects to be dark, ancient and full of fantastical mystery. (Summary by Wikipedia) (7 hr 9 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 9:28 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 02 12:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 03 10:16 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 04 7:40 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 05 7:26 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 06 10:05 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 07 15:51 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 08 15:21 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 09 17:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 10 21:22 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 11 16:52 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 12 10:54 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 13 16:58 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 19:03 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 17:44 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 16 15:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 17 7:57 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 18 11:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 19 8:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 20 17:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 21 16:10 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 22 18:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 23 14:00 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 24 15:42 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 25 16:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 26 12:50 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 27 6:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 28 18:56 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 29 17:18 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 30 15:34 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 31 6:53 Read by Elizabeth Klett

Reviews

Beautifully read


(3 stars)

This is not my favorite of her works, but it is well read. It wraps up rather quickly, and the answer to the mystery isn't so deep as they would make it out to be in the text, but certainly still worth a listen.

Enjoyable!


(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful work from Jane Austen. Elizabeth Klett’s talented voice makes it easy to follow, and I especially loved her delicate British accent for the characters. Although Northanger Abbey is not a profound, thought-provoking work fit for discussion, it is a lovely slice of witty entertainment. Catherine is a believable, friendly heroine, and after a few chapters you’ll find yourself cheering for Mr. Tilney, her preferred suitor. But be prepared to want to read The Mysteries of Udolpho!

Anything of Jane Austin's


(5 stars)

This LibriVox volunteer is clearly a cut above our average narrator, and brings us a story not always fondly reviewed, yet with all the elements we crave. It asks us only to allow our imagination free reign, our heart, an afternoon of free time and it will give us genuine Joy in return.


(5 stars)

Elizabeth Klett is one of the finest readers/performers in the world of audiobooks. Her delivery is lively, her diction impeccable, and her accents lovely and accurate. This is the only Austen work I haven’t read myself, and it is a pleasure to hear it presented so beautifully in this version.

Accent switching disconcerting


(4 stars)

Elizabeth Klerk does a terrific English accent and reads very well. My only complaint is her switching back to her American accent for the narrative passages, which brings one out of the happy “suspension of disbelief” with an unpleasant jolt.


(5 stars)

Very good and very funny. The woman on the recording read it extremely well, and of course the book itself was a masterpiece, being written by the great Jane Austen. I confess I’m too much of a snob to ever say anything she writes is anything but great lol. This was the only Jane Austen book where I hadn’t seen its adaptation prior to reading it, so I genuinely didn’t know that plot beforehand and I loved not knowing and being in suspense. Definitely would recommend. 10/10

a regular re-read(listen)


(5 stars)

All the Austen books get better and better with repeated exposure, and this is no exception. Every time I listen to this (and yes of course I have a copy but I can’t read and do other things at the same time) I’m always left with a smile and a declaration that Catherine Morland is my favourite Austen heroine after all. And Elizabeth Klett reads amazingly but that goes without saying

Very well read, lighter in topic, than longer novels.


(5 stars)

Almost a clever spoof of then gothic romances of this era, presented with Austin's usual subtle wit. She really catches the near "contagion of ideas" so easily and excitedly shared among girls in the process of becoming women. As usual, her characters are well written all their good, quirks and hidden secrets. Not her finest, but even her least novel is a good read.