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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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I loved it!

Listen to the Audible sample of this book and decide if it's for you. I am a professional over-50 woman not particularly fond of violence but I found this book laugh-out-loud hilarious! I thought the narrator did a wonderful job. The premise is so ridiculous that it becomes fascinating to see how the author weaves it in with the original classic story. I LOVE reading and audiobooks but had never read Pride and Prejudice. I went out and bought it after listening to this book so I could appreciate both more. Listen to this for pure entertainment and an enjoyment of farce as long as you are not offended by descriptions of what zombies do. I don't think Seth Grahame-Smith ripped anyone off by authoring this book.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Why not just enjoy

It's hard to be comfortable with taking a book that you love and having it tampered with. BUT, I have to say that I enjoyed this audio book. It was nice to listen to the underlying great story and throwing in the zombie, ninja, heart-eating, and pus-popping sores was actually pretty funny. I thought the author did "just right" in not trying to re-write the story but really just mash it with a ridiculous idea. I laughed aloud at Katherine Kellgren's manner of reading Charlotte's part- it's hilarious.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Lee
  • KyotoJapan
  • 07-15-09

Katherine Kellgren - Wow!

I've just finished this zombie version of "P&P", which I loved, and checked all the reviews and links for Katherine Kellgren at Audible. This is the first time I hunted for additional titles by narrator. It feels as though I'm late to discover her. I've never heard such a reader! Bright, precise, compelling torrents of speech delivered with awesome energy and conviction! She projects REAL feeling for Austen's language. In addition, Seth Grahame-Smith did fine work as well, to put the twist on the tale. I hope that other classic titles will receive this kind of clever makeover. I'll be waiting.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Katelyn
  • el mirage, AZ, USA
  • 05-22-09

One word - Awesome!

I don't know how Seth pulled it off, but somehow this man has brought zombies, ninjas, and humor into Lizzy's world and yet it is still Pride and Prejudice. Mr.Bennett is hilarious with his treatment of his annoying prattling wife, Darcy is forced into a battle of ninja skills with Lizzy as she declines his marriage proposal, and somebody close to Lizzy is bitten and infected with the 'Strange Plague'. The Bennett sisters are practically the designated ninja death squad of the countryside. On top of all that, Katherine Kellgren's pompous English tea time voice adds just that right touch to the story to make it inconceivably more hilarious! This is possibly one of the coolest books ever now. I don't think high school English class will ever be the same!

66 of 73 people found this review helpful

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  • Douglas
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 08-09-09

Fun, Zany, Silly, but never boring...

I think it would have been a much better book if Grahame-Smith had presented his fractured fairytale more seriously...what IF a plague of zombies invaded the tale of "Pride and Prejudice" and how would have strong characters such as Darcy and Lizzie reacted to such an horrific ordeal? Instead it is equal parts kung fu chopsocky and through-the-shattered-looking-glass Austen. But still, it IS a fun tale, never quite "laugh-out-loud" funny, but surprisingly witty in some places, as the world of Jane Austen goes goth (and Jackie Chan). Uma Thurman, oops, I mean Lizzie, is just too far-gone "Kill Bill," but it does make for a hilarious fantasy sequence when a put-out Lizzie beheads her gabby punk of a little sister. Darcy, I guess due to the "plauge," has taken a puerile air, frequently making word plays on the ever-present frequent balls (stacking up some impressive frequent ball mileage). To Grahame-Smith's credit, frequently I would forget that I was listening to a lampoon of "Pride and Prejudice" and for an hour I'd truly enjoy the story, with even a minor few revelations and perspectives (but if you really want to be dazzled by Neo Austen, try Pamela Aidan's "An Assembly Such as This"). Never quite "Mad" magazine (but generally close), the story juggles classical beauty, very familiar archetypes, and a big bag of constant silliness. Never as witty as Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" novels, still, sometimes Seth Grahame-Smith is pretty witty. I have to admit (and I'm perfectly ready to duck tomatoes) I liked the story, and Katherine Kellgren's narration is as good as I've ever heard, beautiful in fact, and perhaps the reason that I enjoyed the book as much as I did. As a whole I'd rank the novel a 4 (out of 5), but the narration is a perfect 10 (out of 4). Art et Amour Toujours

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Alicia
  • Chillicothe, IL, USA
  • 07-23-09

very fun listen

Very fun premise to the story and great narration. I was surprised at how true to the original story this version stayed, while adding in a layer of zombies versus the deadly arts. Loved it. I think I got much more out of hearing the audio version than I would have by reading the print version.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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An Excellent Audio Experience

This is among the top 5 audio books I've ever listened to. Katherine Kellgren's performance is simply perfect. The entire book has the feel of a classic while incorporating zombies and their lust for brains seamlessly into the story. The book would fit well on the shelf with Classics and Alternate History alike. A wonderful performance and a wonderful read.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Caitlin
  • Lakewood, OH, USA
  • 10-05-09

I learned to care about Austen!

I've never been able to abide Jane Austen. I felt completely unconnected from the characters and unable to empathize with their dated misadventures in love and social climbing. That said, I loved this book. Apparently, all it took to make me care about Eliza and Co. was a liberal sprinkling of the undead. Most of the characterizations and the plot itself remained untouched, but the world in which they occur is enough changed to give them a dash of modern flavour. Also, I found Austen's women much improved by their new interest in the "deadly arts," as opposed to all that fuss over balls and letter writing and... pfft. Marriage. Not to say that Grahame-Smith doesn't occasionally go overboard; his additions have a tendency to become incredibly campy (moreso than I believe that they were meant to be) and repetitive. Still, I would highly recommend this book, especially to those who have trouble stomaching the original. I'll readily admit that I have never been Austen's biggest fan, but even I couldn't take my iPod off for days.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Melanie
  • Cottonwood Heights, UT, USA
  • 06-08-09

Bring on the laughter!

I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. I was worried if this book would offend. Not only did it not offend, I found myself laughing out loud at the humor and additional zombie killing wit added by Seth Grahame-Smith. I would tell any friend of mine to read this book. I found myself quoting several passages to them and I hope he does another!! I would definitely read more!

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  • Kim
  • Spokane, WA, United States
  • 10-22-12

Not as good as the first one

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • louise
  • 09-02-09

Absolutely Brilliant!

I don't usually write reviews but I have to make an exception for this fabulous audible book. Not only is it a fantastic take on a classic story it was read so wonderfully that I could hardly wait to get in my car to listen to it. As soon as it finished I wanted to listen to it all over again! I can't recommend this highly enough.

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  • Sara
  • 10-27-09

Clever, and sometimes Hilarious

Having read the other reviews, I thought I'd give this a go. I love P&P and all Austen and did feel sometimes that the real story's humour and nuances were somewhat undermined by the 'zombie' element. That said, if you want unadulterated Austen, then just read Austen.

I would say this is for people who have already read P&P, in order to get the depth of some of the jokes, but I'm pretty sure they'd still be funny if you hadn't. It did take about 10 chapters before I saw any real humour, but at later points I was laughing out loud on the train with the odd surprise one-liner. It pleased me in that it was not a riot of back to back jokes, but simply a retelling of a great story, with an amusing 'plague' sub-plot which gave it a new colour.

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  • Henrik
  • 06-20-09

Very entertaining!

The most fun and well read audiobook I have heard for a long time.
Highly recommended!

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  • SlosshyDolphin
  • 07-30-17

More Love and Romance than Zombies

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Story could be cut and would have been a much more enjoyable story.

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

Performance was excellent and the only reason i did not give up.

What character would you cut from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

The stuff around the younger sisters was painful a bit more done to liven this up would have really helped the book.

Any additional comments?

There are some truly funny parts to the book and the bits i enjoyed i really enjoyed but there were just not enough of them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-30-17

Loved. It!

Loved it so much, would definitely recommend it my to friends as a good book to listen to/read x

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  • paul
  • 02-06-17

a wonderful change

i don't usually like jane austen novels, can't abide heroines that wait for their prince charming to rescue them, but i loved this adaptation!! Can't wait to get the next one in the series

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  • Chris
  • 10-28-16

Occasionally gory

I love this treatment of the classic story but the narrator can be too shrill.

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  • Rob Woodside
  • 09-13-16

What happened to the Zombies?

This started most promisingly - England in the grip of a Zombie plague, the Miss Bennetts highly trained warriors, Mr Darcy a master ninja trained in Japan, the classic story of manners and social position interwoven with extreme violence and gore. All very clever and well observed. But from halfway through the book the Zombies become little more than a distant annoyance. The story is then almost purely Pride and Prejudice - effectively word for word. So the story goes nowhere other than the expected, with little to lift it from the original. How I longed for another Zombie attack - for Lizzie Bennett's skull to be cracked by a manky dreadful, Mr Darcy's entrails to be painfully unwound, Mrs Bennett's limited brains to be consumed by one of the striken, and for Satan's army to drown all of Pemberly in blood - anything to cease their endless prattling and indulgent wimsey. Alas no. Ultimately disappointing.

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  • Speshla
  • 07-22-16

Seriously disappointing

Just...awful. I love Pride and Prejudice, and I love zombie themed things, so I was really looking forward to this book. But they don't mix. Maybe if it was a continuation of the original story, it could work. But it doesn't. The author's basically taken the Bennett girls, sent them to China to train, then plopped them back in the original book, just with conversational changes and some added fight scenes. I hate the way the Chinese master's name is pronounced, only slightly more than the fact that he was invented in the first place.

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  • Yazzie
  • 04-24-16

pride and prejudice and. zoombies

daunting tittle for anyone who is an Austen fan. The book however remained as truevto Austen as it could possibly be. It was a well written abd entertaining novel. I will certainly be recommending this book for our bookclub read. Enjoyed it up till the very last slain zoombie and the marriages of Jane and Elizabeth Bennett.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-19-16

Great read

Although I've never read Jane Austen's original work, I now have a feel for it after reading this.

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  • Jules
  • 01-23-16

I love this book except...

This is a fantastic book. It's funny and active. The overall experience is fantastic. There are (very few) times when the narrTor

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  • Dandylion
  • 01-22-14

Liked the original better

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no ,I had read the original virgin of this and in my opinion it was better.

What other book might you compare Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to, and why?

There is nothing I can compare this to, its really is in a genre of it's own

What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s voice?

British,droning,Victorian .

Could you see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes most defiantly , I'm amazed it has not ,Emma Thomson better be there otherwise it would be a waste.

Any additional comments?

I think Jane Austin would have loved this ,she had a very wicked scene of humor and this certainty has that in spades.Having Janeite's and zombie lovers all coming together can only enhance world peace.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • ana
  • 01-29-16

More funny than you'd think

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

I think the fight scene after Darcy's failed proposal is hilarious, I didn't see that one coming.

Any additional comments?

This is such a goofy and cheesy take on Pride and Prejudice, and I thought it would be terrible, but I actually found myself laughing and it was much better than I expected.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful