I read Pride and Prejudice the first time to give me more depth in my reading. When I saw this book I decided to read it and then listen to it in audio form. I'm not someone who's into Zombies or believe they'll come to wipe us out. I am someone who likes taking a story and twisting it to see what happens if key details are changed. In the end it follows the same original story with the right twists in the right places. My only complaint is that Seth Grahame-Smith let someone else write the pre-qual and sequel which don't follow the story line this book establishes. In fact skip the 'Dawn of the Dreadfuls' all together.
....getting into this book......I think it was the fact that my mind was trying to grasp Jane Austen era speak with modern day zombiedom......I had to just sit back and enjoy the bizarreness of it......I ended up thinking it was hilarious and am STILL a huge fan of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy....*sigh*......the story is still very romantic and very funny with the zombie addition.....I still can't stand Mrs. Bennett and Lydia......but that is just how the story is written.....overall....very funny and enjoyable book!!!!....
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I was skeptical but downloaded upon my 22 year old daughters suggestion. The irony of the prim and proper Jane Austen characters fighting Zombies was artfully described by the author and the narrator was fabulous. Don't miss this highly entertaining story. You won't be sorry!
I was OK with the zombie mayhem entwined into the story and the narration was OK... although I thought it made the characters seem too old. What I didn't like was that it lacked the romance that Jane Austin and the original book are known for. In being 'zombie superkillers', the girls' characters were completely altered and this took the book too far away from its roots at the core. The original sisters had very few skills and Elizabeth's winning character traits came from within, from her own pride, her honesty and ultimately her humanity. Sorry Seth, the zombies took over on this one... and killed off the pride and the prejudice. I would have been happier if more of the original book I loved was still there.
This book is as hilarious and implausible as Seth's other books, though I must say I did enjoy this one better than his other stories. He did a good job of trying to keep his text in the same style as Jane Austin, and only bumbled in a few attempts (like using words inappropriate to that time period). The corresponding PDF is awesome, and an excellent addition to the story
Basically a nerd.
I have previously read Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, which was much better because the entire book is a work of fiction. True, bits of diaries and quotations from Lincoln are sewn into the story, but creating a hybrid of a centuries-old novel and a modern surrealist zombie story is an unholy creation (pardon the pun.)
To answer the question, yes, I would read another SGS, but only one that is total fiction. In my opinion, Jane Austen is better suited to film or stage, even over Audiobook (as least in the way that I consumer it), and I thought Katherine Kellgren did a very good job — even though I'm not usually a fan of female narrators.
No fucking plot! Even the presence of Zombies didn't help push the story on. I was sitting there waiting for the next fight scene or _something_ to happen. And somehow I missed the part where Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy fall in love. WTF?
So very British
Some genuine cleverness and eloquence in describing a zombie fight scene in the style of prose used in 1814, or whatever.
Skip it. Maybe the movie will be good.
Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.
This felt a little trite after awhile--like a prank that's cute, but not THAT cute--that keeps going on and on. The narration is excellent, and the idea is creative. I just found that it wasn't creative enough for six hours. I really dig zombie stuff for some reason, and Jane Austin, so I was looking forward to finally listening to this book. What I found, though, was that I'd read the book, exactly, aside from the zombie stuff thrown in, which wasn't very extensive. There's so much ninja stuff in this that they could have added ". . . and Ninjas" to the title, too. If you're really curious about it, it's worth listening to know, but you pretty much get it from the title.
I heard of this book when it came out, but didn't get around to reading it. The reading was quite fun, as you have the proper English accent you would expect in an Austen reader. SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT: I laughed out loud several times when Kellgren read Mr. Collin's wife half-zombie prose. I agree with some other readers that I was not crazy about the seeming copy and paste that took place with zombie attacks whenever one character traveled from one place to another. I was expecting Wickham's head to be chopped off, but I found the path chosen by Grahame-Smith even more humorous.
I really enjoyed this Audio book. I have been an Austen fan for years and when this book came out I was very excited to begin it. However, between school and life I never got around to it, so, when Audible placed it on sale I could not pass it up. I loved it!
Keeping much of Austen's original words, the zombie wonderfulness was added in just the right places. Sometimes the gross out sections were so well put I was caght off guard; this was thanks to the narration, which was elegently Austen, making the zombie crazyness that much more amazing. I would recomend that any Austen or zombie fan LISTEN to this because the experiance is really great! I know that I would not have enjoyed reading it as much, and I am an avid reader!
PS. I have decided that I am going to dress as Lizzy for Halloween, with a dagger at my ankle and Katana at my back!
Love, gore and laughter
Dinner with Lady Katheryn while Charlotte Collins nee Lucas is sucking on her own hand
Mrs Bennett of course!
As always when Lizzy realised that Darcy was the one that found out Lydia and the horrid Mr Wickam and made them get married
I love Austen but was never really into the Z things. However the combination of the two made be hoot with laughter. Who would have thought!