Northanger Abbey : The Austen Project

  • by Val McDermid
  • Narrated by Jane Collingwood
  • Series: The Austen Project
  • 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey by the bestselling crime author Val McDermid. The second book in The Austen Project.
Seventeen-year-old Catherine ‘Cat' Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat's wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons. Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe.
A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend. But with Bella comes her brother John, an obnoxious banker whose vulgar behaviour seems designed to thwart Cat's growing fondness for Henry.
Happily, rescue is at hand. The rigidly formal General Tilney invites her to stay at Northanger with son Henry and daughter Eleanor. Cat's imagination runs riot: An ancient abbey, crumbling turrets, secret chambers, ghosts…and Henry! What could be more deliciously romantic? But Cat gets far more than she bargained for in this isolated corner of the Scottish Borders. The real world outside the pages of a novel proves to be altogether more disturbing than the imagined world within…


What the Critics Say

"Compelling and shocking" (Minette Walters)
"Terrifying but stylish, cruel and compassionate. Truly, horribly good" (Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday)
"Gripping, intelligent stuff" (The Times)


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Customer Reviews

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If you could sum up Northanger Abbey in three words, what would they be?

Fun, modern, witty

What was one of the most memorable moments of Northanger Abbey?

The scene when Henry apologises for his fathers actions, it has a unexpected moment when compared to Austens version which was quite fun

Have you listened to any of Jane Collingwood’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't but I think I will now!

Any additional comments?

This modernisation is done with real feeling to the original, I would highly recommend it and I will be listening to it again and again,

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- Her most honourable Josephine of eatsalotofcake

Fun for Jane Austen fans

A modern Jane Austen story with the typically characters and plot set in modern Edinburgh. I found myself smiling and giggeling.
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- Ann-Marie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-03-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited