I am about the last person who would ever think to read a book like "Pride and Prejudice" but throw Zombies in the mix and I had to give it a chance.
I regret that it was still just to much P & P and not enough Zombies. Just as I would be wishing the actors would speak normally at a Shakespearean play, the wording of this book only helped to loose my interest.
Pride And Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen movie, so I thought I'd give this book a try. I thought the zombie twist could make this an interesting and possibly hilarious tory.
But I was wrong.
The problem for me is that this is mostly a retelling of Pride And Prejudice as written by Jane austen, with the zombie storyline thrown in very matter of factly. I did not find the zombie story very humorous, and since I already know the storyline to Pride And Prejudice, listening to the story again wasn't all that interesting. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you may enjoy this retelling of Pride And Prejudice with a twist.
I love fantasy and science fiction.
Great take on the classic which is also my favorite of Jane Austin. I think I actually like this version better :)
The fact that the author retained so much of Austin's original lanuage and voice made this book absolutely hysterical. The original is a masterwork of course, but more one of the drier things you kind of feel like you have to have read at some point in your life based only on that status. This take on it, however, was a hoot.
Also, I'm a fan of the British commedy of manners; so somehow throwing zombies into the intricately detailed (and well preserved--faithful to the original) depiction of turn of the 19th century social decorum made me laugh so hard I almost cried. And I was *still* moved when Darcy and Elizabeth got together.
In sum, fantastic satire. A+
Totally addicted to books: written or spoken! To read or to listen...? Both please!
The narration was great. The characters true to Austen's intent. I was amused and enjoyed the book very much, even though I wasn't sure if I would.
While the premise is great, the product is still tedious. Granted, I find this kind of literature extremely boring. "Mrs. Merriweather thinks that I thought that this was to be the grandest...blah, blah, blah" Someone lop off her head already. Anyway, more sarcasm and more zombies would have kept me much more interested.
In the end, even the lure of zombie madness wasn't enough to get me to finish this listen. To reinforce another reviewer's opinion, this was basically the original with repeated zombie references "Frankensteined" on to it at various points.
Call me low-brow, but this was still too much work to get through, even with the comic relief, which was conspicuously awkward played against the rest of the story... and not in a good way.
Take it for what it is not great literature but certainly a funny start to a new Zombie Genre - Support them and maybe they will write more :-) If you are looking for world war Z it is not.