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Emma Thompson

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Narrated by: Emma Thompson
Length: 14 mins
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In this interview, Emma Thompson shares her considerable insight into Britain's most influential female novelist, the great Jane Austen. Having played the narrator in an all-star-cast adaptation of Northanger Abbey, Emma discusses her favourite passages, characters and themes.

She praises Austen for her unique ability to engage the reader with universal stories of human desires, hopes and foibles, and describes her own long-standing love affair with the author, having first picked up Austen's books at the age of thirteen.

Having won a BAFTA, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her screenplay adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Emma Thompson has already brought Austen to the 21st Century and introduced her to a new generation. She does the same with Northanger Abbey, referring to the heroine as a 'sweet girl', her love interest as a 'witty friend' and the villain of the piece as 'an absolute knob-head'.

In contrast to Sense and Sensibility, Emma describes Northanger Abbey as a straightforward text; the perfect introduction to Austen for those new to her writing.

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Love Her So Much!

This woman is so inspirational. She really is a gem to listen to. Definitely will be worth hearing the audible Northanger Abbey.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06-05-2019

She's Great!

Emma Thompson is a great actress, a wonderful and really interesting person. Her reading in audible is captivating. Please have her on constantly!

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  • Karl hill
  • 16-01-2019

So Glad I Am Not The Only One

So glad someone else has the same habits as me when choosing a new book. I would love to know what Hogwarts house she is sorted into.

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  • Daniel Kellogg
  • 15-09-2018

She makes me excited to read!

Her insight into Jane Austin and literature in general is brilliant. I would read anything she recommended.

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  • Carol Reed
  • 11-08-2018

Brilliant!

Her voice is just great. Her narration to Northanger Abbey is just brilliant! It's fun to hear what she thought about the story.

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  • Nancy A Young
  • 21-08-2017

Fascinating look at Austen and Thompson

Excellent interview with insightful questions and responses aimed at looking inside Northanger Abbey, and Thompson's habits as a reader.

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  • Sharon D. Anderson, Ph.D.
  • 02-08-2017

Emma always performs beautifully

Emma is magical no matter what she does . Emma is one of the Greats.

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  • Sara
  • 09-01-2019

Great interview

Listen after the book, just in case you have not read Northanger Abby as there is sort of a character spoiler or giveaway that could influence your listening.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-2019

I love Emma Thompson make and listen to her all da

I love Emma Thompson's descriptive storytelling just always pleasant to listen to makes me intrested in Jane Austin novel which I have never been before

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-12-2018

Very interesting!

Emma Thompson narrating Jane Austin that sounds like a great listen if you like that.

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  • MMW
  • 26-11-2018

Wonderful interview with great ideas!

Absolutely wonderful interview with incredible suggestions for great books to read or listen to. Emma Thompson is always interesting and thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-2017

Very interesting

Get to learn more about Emma Thompson
and her thoughts as she shares about Northanger

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2019

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  • papapownall
  • 03-09-2019

Emma Thompson talks Northanger Abbey and reading

Here Emma Thompson talks about her narration of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. I read Northanger when I was on holiday in Portugal last year. I had already finished my holiday reading and went to the book exchange in the hotel lobby and after shuffling through the usual Mills and Boon, EL James, Wilbur Smith and Tom Clancy paperback I came across a worn but readable edition of Northanger Abbey. I had not read Jane Austen before but was immediately captivated. Whilst this is one of her lesser works which was written early in her career and published posthumously, this is still a great work of literature from the gothic period and I liked it a lot. I enjoyed listening to Emma Thompson talking about her thoughts about the novel and how she had read it as a 13 year old and again recently. And I really liked it when Emma talked about the books she has read recently. There are some brilliant recommendations in here and I re-wound and listened to that bit a couple of times scrobbling down the books she mentioned. I will certainly be listening to the audiobook of Northanger too, it sounds great.

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  • Chrissie Ann
  • 19-08-2019

Interesting

Emma is a great actress, writer and has a fabulous reading voice. Listening to her is a real treat.

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  • Smithfishe
  • 31-07-2019

A superb insight into Jane Austen's writing

It was a delight to hear Emma Thomsons tranquil voice reveal her views on Jane Austin's writing.

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  • Melinda
  • 28-02-2019

Very Interesting

This was a lovely short listen, Emma Thompson is so interesting - I love her voice.

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  • Birthday Hangman
  • 04-02-2019

Hilarious interview

Love Emma Thompson, she is a hilarious story teller in her own right and a talented actress. She talks with real vigour and honesty here and is hilarious to listen to. She is so charismatic and intelligent, a great interview.

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  • Heather
  • 27-08-2018

Wow Emma!

As a newbie to audible I have been listening to the podcasts and Emma turned my head and made me listen. So passionate and intelligent! From this I have purchased Northanger abbey and I cannot wait to listen to it.

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  • Emma
  • 23-08-2018

Love Emma Thompson

A great interview with Emma who has inspired me to pick up new books by authors I've been not considered, as well as giving Northanger Abbey another go.

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  • Stephen Burridge
  • 06-07-2018

great insight into a great actress

This is a really great insight into one of our bestest modern day actresses. a calming voice from someone with obvious great intellect and good sense of humour melee this a small] but compelling listen.