A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice based on the Emmy Award-winning phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries chronicled Lizzie’s life as a 24-year-old grad student, struggling under a mountain of student loans and living at home with her two sisters - beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. What may have started as her grad student thesis grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters. When rich, handsome Bing Lee comes to town, along with his stuck-up friend William Darcy, things really start to get interesting for the Bennets - and for Lizzie’s viewers. Suddenly Lizzie - who always considered herself a fairly normal young woman - was a public figure. But not everything happened on-screen. Luckily for us, Lizzie kept a secret diary.
The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet provides more character introspection as only a book can, with revelatory details about the Bennet household, including Lizzie’s special relationship with her father, untold stories from Netherfield, Lizzie’s thoughts and fears about life after grad school and becoming an instant web celebrity.
Written by Bernie Su, the series’ executive producer, co-creator, head writer, and director, along with Kate Rorick, the novelist, TV writer, and consulting producer on the series, the novel features a journal-entry format, complementing the existing web series, while including plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new listeners alike. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet expands on the phenomenon that captivated a generation and reimagines the Pride and Prejudice story like it’s never been done before.
©2014 Bernie Su and Kate Rorick (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
Absolutely. Ashley Clements /is/ Lizzie and delivers an excellent performance here.
The Letter. THE LETTER.
Caroline gets a significant amount of depth added to her, which really rounded out her character.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook, offers a ton of new character insight and plenty of Dizzie feels.
It is definitely worth while to listen to Ashley Clements because it makes it that much more real to hearing the in-depth story of Lizzie's life throughout her video diaries. Being based off of a video series, hearing the voice of the character brought a whole other dimension to the book, almost like watching new content. I cannot imagine if they would have chosen anyone other than Ashley to narrate the story. Ashley Clements did a great job at impersonating the many characters in the diaries. She is fantastic.
If you think it's just the videos in book form, you'd be surprised. It retells the story while putting a fresh spin on it with different insights to what did happen off screen. The book managed to keep the essence of all of the characters and the story itself. It is really unique to have a book based on a video series and not the other way around, and the writing and narration made it come to life.
At first I was wary of this book being a repeat of the videos I love so much, but it really does add an extra level to the story.
I loved Ashley Clements as the narrator and just got sucked right back into the universe. Hearing "Lizzie" reading her own diary aloud was a roller coaster of emotions.
If you loved the web-series I truly recommend you read this book.
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I am a late comer to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I didn't realize it was a youtube series until I we recommended this book by Audible. It's true to the "original" Austen story, but there was enough originality that I was vested in the characters and truly interested in what happened to the Bennet sisters.
I really liked the narrator (whom I now know was the actress in the web series)
This is a version of Pride and Prejudice that I love. Of the modern interpretations I have seen or read, I find this one to be truest to Jane Austen. This Elizabeth Bennet is bright, funny and a feminist. It is narrated by the actress who played Lizzie in the original series, which won an Emmy Award! She sounds intelligent, and at appropriate times, very funny. I can't enjoy an audiobook if I don't love the voice of the narrator, and I love Ashley Clements' voice. I hope she narrates more books.
So much of the original story was about the conflict between society's moral standards and the behavior of the characters in the book. It is sad that in our modern world we have given up on morality completely. This seems like a cheap copy of the original.
I Hated this book. I thought I might enjoy it because I love the original Pride & Prejudice but NO. I couldn't stand the narrator (yes I know she is the same person in the videos) her voices drove me crazy. I know it's supposed to be a modern twist but it was just too different for me to like.
Major thumbs down
"I loved it."
What can I say? I love The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the spin it took on Pride and Prejudice, ultimately one of my favourite books. Knowing that Ashley did such a great job as Lizzie on the videos was good for me coming in to the audiobook as I can get a little finicky when it comes to the narration of certain stories. I am hugely impressed with the adaptation and the enhancement of particular characters, especially Lydia and Mr Bennet who seem to have a greater role in the story and a more fitting ending. Definitely an adaptation I would highly recommend.
Really disappointing. A bit fan of the LBD, but this was so dull and went on forever. I find all the school jargon unnecessary too.
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