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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 hear.

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.

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

Critic Reviews

"[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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Marius
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 05-30-09

Horror in Hertfordshire

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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Shockingly bad

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.

50 of 72 people found this review helpful

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  • Marty
  • Arvada, CO, USA
  • 12-14-09

Disappointing

The premise seemed like fun, but the book was like a joke that was funny for a while, but kept on going...and going...and going... I didn't even finish listening.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Needs More Zombies

The story was good. I'd never read Pride and Prejudice before and had to check with my wife about certain aspects of the book. This book was very different from the movie. I enjoyed this more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring

So boring... 15 chapters in and nothing happens. I really wanted to enjoy this but I just can't do it. I didn't like the original book to begin with and was hoping for this to give it a refreshing spin but it's every bit as boring. Maybe I was expecting too much.

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added zobies while keeping Janes work

I love pride and prejudice and was pleased to find that this story only made hers more exciting without changing her work. I really love how the new writer really knew where the goods parts of the book were and wrote some fun stuff we might all wish was in the original

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  • Gary
  • johnstown, NY, United States
  • 09-18-13

Major dullness

What disappointed you about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

Three times I tried to listen to this, within an hour I had to give up. DULL

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Shannon
  • RICHLAND, WA, United States
  • 07-11-13

Simply awful and frightfully boring!!

Would you try another book from Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

No

What was most disappointing about Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen ’s story?

It was very boring, could not get into any one character, all seemed to run into each other....yuck!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Serious disappointment, cannot finish listening

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money or time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • PEARLAND, TX, United States
  • 06-24-13

One trick pony

I'm a life-long Janite, with a strong appreciation for the absurd, and I really expected to be amused. Alas, not.The joke is a good one and could have made a really funny short story, but there's not enough here to make a good book.

The narration is okay, except when an emerging zombie speaks, at which point it becomes very annoying.

Two stars for being clever, but I can't recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful