Northanger Abbey and the History of England (Annotated)

  • by Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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This classic novel was an absolute joy to listen to. Seldom have I heard such a clear and perfect Queens English as I did in this portrayal of the charectors in one of my favourite Jane Austin novels. It makes such an enormous difference to hear the spoken word with the correct accent. I spent many happy hours immersed in this recording. The addition of the history lesson at the end had me in stitches. I wondered to myself what the young Miss Austin's teachers thought of her opinions on Royals of that period. I am not sure they would all be pleased with her ideas.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-02-2017
  • Publisher: Alison Larkin Presents