Northanger Abbey

  • by Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ella Purnell, Jeremy Irvine, Lily Cole
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.
This Audible Originals production of Northanger Abbey stars Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Snow White and the Huntsman, St. Trinian's), Douglas Booth (Noah, Great Expectations, The Riot Club), Jeremy Irvine (Warhorse, The Railway Man, Now Is Good), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, The Illusionist, Alice in Wonderland) and Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Never Let Me Go, Kick-Ass 2), amongst others.


What the Critics Say

"Impressive." (Harper's Bazaar)
"This new production marries the author's wit, charm and dry humour with performances from some of the UK's leading actors." (Psychologies)
"A wonderful new dramatisation." (The Times)
"Emma Thompson leads a large, glitzy cast." (Economist)


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Most Helpful

Oh dear, could only take 36 minutes of this

Was looking forward to listening to this star-studded Audible release, but found it unbearable.

Am quite happy for audio-dramas to be part-narration, like ‘The Forsytes sage’ which is excellent, but Emma Thompson’s narration was too long and far too fast. It just wasn’t a relaxing listen so kept zoning out. Needed more drama, less narration.

In all the many books I have bought from Audible, this is only the second I’m sending back. Such a shame.
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- Nigel

Lovely dramatisation of a favourite Austen

Would you consider the audio edition of Northanger Abbey to be better than the print version?

I think if you're an Austen fan you need to own the print, the wonderful unabridged audio version narrated by Juliet Stevenson, AND this great dramatisation for your life to be complete.

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

Emma Thompson is brilliant as the arch and sympathetic narrator. Eleanor Tomlinson in particular is wonderful as Miss Tilney and I would love to listen to other books read by her. The other characters are all very well performed though Isabella isn't exactly how I imagined her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely. I'm sure I'd listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

So satisfying having a leisurely adaptation that gives a pretty much unabridged version of this Austen rather than a brief 2- or 3-hour version. Hope Audible Studios will give all the other Austens this treatment, and a few other classics too!

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- Malie Lalor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-07-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios