The story line was decent enough. However, the narrator's nasally English accent nearly drove me batty. It was all I could do to make it to the end of the book.
So overrated. I gave it 2 stars for originality but this book is...bad. I wil admit I never completed pride and prejudice because I found it boring. I figured I'd give this version a try because I'm a zombie fan. Turns out the story is still boring and completely over the top. The addition of zombies did nothing for the story except for giving the main characters an outlet for their ridiculous martial arts skills. If you like supernatural martial arts (tearing hearts out with bare hands, jumping up into rafters, and killing a team of ninjas while blindfolded) then maybe this could work for you. Boring storyline and zombies that are no match for anyone didn't work for me. I wasted a credit.
To the people who may view this and the sister books as a perversion of Jane Austen's original, feminine books: you are missing out on a treat. This book was smart, witty, fresh, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it on the bus ride to and from Baltimore from New York. The blending of classical English culture and sentiment and the Oriental sword bloodshed and zombie onslaught was perfect, and fully supported the development of Darcy and Lizzie's romance instead of distracting from it. P&P is still one of the greatest love stories ever told, this is just a kick-butt version for the more modern, empowered woman. Oh, men can appreciate the Zombies too.
This is a great read (or listen) in it's own right, but even better for someone familiar with the original Pride and Prejudice. Having taken the original text and edited it line by line, Seth Grahame-Smith's choices about what to leave, what to drastically change, and what to slightly twist are sometimes almost as entertaining as the zombie subplot. Sometimes he paraphrases a character's original words in a way that brings to the surface the subtext you always suspected was there, but no one was bold enough to actually say it. I laughed out loud at a few of them because they were so perfectly...clever. The narrator is fantastic at putting across exactly what you expect from each beloved character, just in a new version of their reality. I'll definitely be listening to this one again soon.
Environmental engineer with a SciFi/fantasy addiction.
I think a friend had recommended this story to me a year ago, but I never got the chance to pick it up at the library. When I saw it listed on Audible, I had to give it a shot. I'm not usually a big fan of zombie stories, and while I enjoy Jane Austen - I typically don't have the patience to stay completely interested in the story to make it through in one sitting. In this case, I LOVED the zombie aspect and was impressed at how Seth managed to thread it into every aspect of the original story. What a strange, but entertaining concept. Seth also managed to keep the characters true to their original imagining - but with the addition of zombie slaying skills mixed in. The narrator was highly entertaining - making me laugh out loud in several places.
Thanks to Seth and Katherine for making such a wonderful piece of audio entertainment!
Was absolutely horrendous. I wasn't able to listen to more than 1-2 hours. I loved Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but this was an absolute snooze-fest.
I liked this book, maybe because it is a bit crazy. What do zombies have to do with Jane Austen? Do zombies really exist? Of course not! I never liked Pride and Prejudice, but this book gives the rather boring P&P a nice comical twist that I believe P&P needs. My husband, who is likes the ordinary P&P, hated this book.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
This book was everything it was supposed to be and more. I love Austen's books, I love Regency England and I LOVE Zombies. Thus, win-win for me. Some people balked at this book yelling "blastphemy!" However, I found it simply delightful in so many ways. It remains true to almost all of the things that happened in P&P, but adds Zombie apocalypse stuff in for good measure. Masterful. Genius, I dare say! I loved it on so many levels. So if you have a sense of humor about zombies and Regency England but love your Bennett girls and Mr. Darcy as they are to their core, you will love this book.
I loved the original Pride and Prejudice and the zombie additions just made it even better. The original text is all there with the zombie bits mixed it. It is hilarious and great entertainment :)