Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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"Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen

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Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Jennifer Weinbrecht & Patricia Fernberg

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Jane Austen

Year of Publication: 1817

Plot: Northanger Abbey tells the story of Catherine Morland, a young girl whose imagination is fueled by her love of gothic novels. As Catherine travels to old home with friends, she struggles to discern reality in the midst of her Romantic fancies.

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