As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton - and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers - and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?
Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.
This Heirloom Edition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies includes a new preface by the author, an afterword by Dr. Allen Grove, professor of English literature at Alfred University, and new scenes of gratuitous zombie mayhem.
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"[Seth Grahame-Smith] has taken the merry world established by a 19th-century literary lady, added a scourge of reanimated corpses, and created...well, a pop cultural phenomenon, certainly, and one that has stirred up a lot of excitement. But the greater achievement of the book may lie in the satisfying desire it awakens to read the remix and the original side by side." (Entertainment Weekly)
I can understand why this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's exactly what it says it is -- Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Surely it's obvious that it's going to be both the original comedy of manners, along with the zombie element. What I found extraordinary was how funny it was. I found myself laughing aloud as I drove to and from work every day, and could hardly wait to get back into the car and hear what was next. It was very well done, the narration was exquisite, and now I want to re-read the original as soon as possible. I'm sure that's the reaction many people will have, so Miss Austen's original work will probably be more popular than ever. I hope there will be more similar works to come.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I didn't expect it but the premise wore extremely thin within the first few hours of this sequel and I had a hard time sticking with it. The narration was pretty much the only thing that kept me going - if not for that, I probably would've cut it short and moved on. I need to remember that sequels are almost always less satisfactory than the original in a series and either adjust my expectations or forgo them altogether.
Mommy of twins
Surprisingly well done! Seth Grahme-Smith does an excellent job respectfully adding a zombie twist to the ever loved, Jane Austen classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. With PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES readers can expect Austin’s original tale of 19th Century English society, a great masterpiece, with the added quirky humor of Grahme-Smith’s skillfully infused zombie…*ehem* I mean 'unmentionables' sub-plot. I loved the original sassy battle of the sexes and thoroughly enjoyed this even cheekier “vintage horror” version. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is truly a fun read and definitely worth a look if you are a P&P fan, or are just looking for a smart laugh.
It's a bit silly to state that a book about zombies in Pride and Prejudice didn't make sense - but sadly that is the case. I'm not talking about the obvious zombie issues (like why they don't die if they don't eat, why do they only decompose a little and not the whole way, etc.). I'm all for the willing suspension of disbelief - and zombie lit in general - but the grafted on bits about fighting the un-dead didn't follow logic. One example: Eliza Bennett is well known as one of the great zombie fighters - but Lady Catherine keeps assuming her ninjas (yes, ninjas) will kill her easily. Really - this is too ridiculous to go on. Suffice it to say, the fact that zombies were grafted on to the unaltered original text instead of this being a newly written book with the same plot lead to many unsatisfying holes in the narrative.
This one was hard for me to get into. For some reason I just kept...drifting. This is great if you listen to books to help you get through mundane tasks as I often do (gardening, or cleaning, for example). But I didn't find it riveting. Of course I know Pride and Prejudice so I didn't HAVE to follow it closely. As for the violence mingled with Austen's writing style and plot, it is an amusing novelty that wears thin after a while. I didn't find it offensive in the least as many reviewers on here did, I thought it was kind of refreshing...But I can't give it a high rating. Buy it if you want a little something to giggle about, but don't expect too much.
Ha! What to say about this? First off, the premise of the book is hilarious and so well executed. If you're a fan of Pride and Prejudice and the paranormal, there is no bad here. I loved all of the humor added in and regularly found myself laughing out loud. The aspects that were changed to include the zombies were brilliant and I loved that the Bennet sisters are all kick ass zombie slayers. And as my review is of the audiobook, I would be remiss if I didn't praise the narration - Katherine Kellgren was outstanding. By far one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. I usually only listen to audiobooks of books I've actually read and enjoyed, but was swayed to skip straight to the audiobook of this when I heard a sample, and I think it was definitely the right choice.
I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of Austen already and have read and re-read the original over the years. This is a great update that adds a bit more comic relief (as you think to the real events in the original). Really a book with ninja's is almost always a winner.
This is one of the few classics that lays bare the massive scourge of the undead that blighted so much of English life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It has been stated that Austen and Grahame-Smith's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the eighteenth century and are part of the transition to nineteenth-century realism, while retaining an exquisite treatment of period manners. This is especially the case in this work, where Mrs Bennet seeks advantageous marriages for her five daughters amid bloody carnage and mayhem on a scale that makes Tarantino seem like a milktoast boy scout.
Bits of wit throughout, and a nice construction of a new story on the frame of the classic. I admire the concept. I just wish it had been executed better.
The novel lost me when the heroine rips open the heart of a noblewoman's ninja retainer and eats it. Completely fractured my suspension of disbelief. (if you think about a novel in which zombies are lured into traps by cauliflower, my suspension of disbelief must have been pretty elastic to start!)
Too many elements executed without sufficient subtlety.
All this person did was take a book in the public domain and painfully and awkwardly insert zombie and ninja references periodically. There is absolutely nothing interesting about it. The very first mention of zombies and zombie attacks is somewhat amusing, and the gag is repeated OVER AND OVER AND OVER till the end.
Anything original in this version is just a lame, mindless mutilation of the characters and the book. The new dialogue awkwardly stands out from the original text. It feels lazy and cheap. The author attempts to capture the wit and humor of Austen and instead succeeds in cheap double entendres of the word "balls"... UGGG! Were 13 year old boys consulted in this? I am really not being uptight here, and enjoy silly humor as much as anyone - but this is just flat out stupid, jarringly so when in the context of such a fun, well done classic novel.
I love Austen and I love zombie stories.... And I don't think I am alone in that. Sadly, I think people will give way more credit than is due here, because the idea itself is so very clever and appealing. The execution though is truly shocking in its awfulness.
I honestly cannot see any reason to listen to this, even with the few and far between amusing moments. It was a clever idea lazily and stupidly done. Very disappointing.
The idea, clear from the title alone, is fantastic, but the book just doesn't deliver. I didn't laugh once. One to avoid.
"Nice spin on a classic but..."
Enjoyable spin on a classic but I can help think eveyone's making money off a real classics back due to the copyright laws for books of that age. However some will enjoy this as a taboo version of Pride'.
It's not 'The Breathing Dead' a zombie tale audiobook or 'wwz' but it is worth a listen.
"Laughed so hard I cleared the train carriage"
This is not something to listen to on public transoport as your laughter may be loud enough to disturb fellow passengers.
Seth Grahame-Smith manages to integrate his schlock-horror so well into the txt, I had to go back to the original book to just make sure there weren't any zombies lurking!
Katherine Kellgren's plummy tones set the parody up perfectly. This is a great antedote for anyone who has overloaded on classic texts for literature exams.
"Not for me...."
The unaltered pride and predjudice would not have been my cup of tea - so maybe not all down to the zombie pasting in parts that I found this pretty hard to listen to and a large part due to the fact that pride a predjudice, for me, is a pretty boring and outdated - even with the zombies its still pretty dull.....
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