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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Audiobook

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

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Publisher's Summary

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2009 Quirk Books; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Heather Surfside, FL, USA 06-29-09
    Heather Surfside, FL, USA 06-29-09
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    "Concept - great! Execution - not so great..."

    Loved the title and concept, really liked the reader, BUT... unfortunately the zombie parts just didn't fit. For one thing, Elizabeth Bennett is too bloodthirsty (literally!) One of the reasons Austen's Darcy was able to love her even though he looks down on her family is that she and her sister Jane do not behave excessively, unlike her mother and other sisters. It's jarring to have Elizabeth so violently showing her passion for The Deadly Arts. It's fine to have her skilled in killing The Unmentionables, but she should be as polite and modest about it as she would be about her pianoforte and dancing skills.

    In a really great mash-up, whether it's music or prose, you can't tell where one part stops and another begins. Unfortunately, that's not the case in this book. Grahame-Smith either needed to totally rewrite more of Austen's parts, or get himself more into a 19th century frame of mind for the zombie story. He did a good job of changing the card games to the zombie context; too bad he wasn't as clever with the rest.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Belgravia 06-10-09

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    "You Need a Sense of Humour"

    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.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    sonofsoulreaver 08-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "My first introduction to Jane Austin"

    Wow. I've never read P&P before because I've never been a fan of "classic" literature. (Just because it's old doesn't mean it's good) but this was incredibly fun. Not just the zombies parts either. Grahame-Smith does an amazing job blending his writing with Austin's. Kellgren's narration is spot on. My wife (a big fan of Pride & Prejudice) and I enjoyed this audio book together, something we rarely get to do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzann United States 02-16-13
    Suzann United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I love P&P and love zombies but hate this book"
    Any additional comments?

    Considering my deep love of both Jane Austen and zombies this book seemed a perfect fit for me. Unfortunately, the author changed enough of the Jane Austen dialog enough to make some of the most delightful and witty characters in literature into mean, nasty,abusive people that nobody could love. The concept is cool but the execution was very poor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Bluffton, SC, United States 03-31-12
    Kindle Customer Bluffton, SC, United States 03-31-12

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    "Katherine Kellgren's narration couldn't be better!"

    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.


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    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 02-22-12
    Rob Prindle Erie, PA United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Zombie Logic Fail"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 04-02-10
    Catherine 04-02-10 Member Since 2014

    A reader. A writer. A listener. A lover of words and stories and adventures.

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    "Not bad."

    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.

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    Mark C. Wallace CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 10-09-09
    Mark C. Wallace CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 10-09-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Occasional wit doesn't conceal dry rot"

    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.

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    - United States 07-14-09
    - United States 07-14-09 Member Since 2013
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    "A brilliant new take on a classic"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    curtismchale 07-03-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Great update to the classic"

    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.

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    8/17/15
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    "Good but different"

    A familiar story with a twist of black humour.
    Read incredibly well. Looking forward to the film and the sequel and prequel

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    12/23/12
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    "Outrageous slaughtering!"

    Amusing read even for P and P fans. Great anticipation of how the Zombies would be woven into each chapter - didn't disappoint

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  • Matt
    Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "Big disappointment"

    The idea, clear from the title alone, is fantastic, but the book just doesn't deliver. I didn't laugh once. One to avoid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A.M
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    10/23/09
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    "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.

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  • kate
    banbury, United Kingdom
    8/20/09
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    11/18/09
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    "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.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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