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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 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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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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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    Amazon Customer VISALIA, CA USA 09-28-17
    Amazon Customer VISALIA, CA USA 09-28-17
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    "bad narration"

    I couldn't get through it because I did not like the narrator. trite, simpering.

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    Jeremy Hess Endicott, NY United States 09-14-17
    Jeremy Hess Endicott, NY United States 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Zombie Mamma Drama "

    There were some moments that felt drawn out and yet the lighthearted tone to this novel along with the mix of Kung fu, ninjas, deadly arts, zombies and the British refined settings from Jane Austen are to well blended to pass up. Ms. Kellgren was a delight to listen to and added great infection and animation as to open one's eyes to the characters, settings and drama that unfolded. A must for those who love mashups and also for those who love zombies and dry British humor.

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    bebe South Carolina 08-16-17
    bebe South Carolina 08-16-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable romp in Jane Austen Land"
    Any additional comments?

    Great idea, even if I originally thought it may be stupid. I was wrong. The author was great weaving in hilarious zombie story into the original Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice. He stayed true to the story except for the zombies. I laughed out loud on several occasions.

    The narrator is fantastic!!! She is a worth ready for a Jane Austen world book.

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    Amazon Customer 08-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What a mess"

    I love pride and prejudice and I love zombie movies so I thought this mashup would be right up my alley. I was wrong. This book is a mess. I was surprised at how little new content was added - 80% of this is all Jane Austen and the 20% that was added sucks. The zombies are severely underdeveloped and rarely impact the plot. I was expecting more plot changes and a bigger zombie payoff. They're just added in sparsely and randomly through the story.

    I also really didn't like how his additions painted Elizabeth. I think he really misunderstood her and turned her into a hothead who will kill someone over an insult.

    I'm at a loss at how this mess became a bestseller.

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    Danielle M Brown 06-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"

    I LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE ZOMBIES MADE IT BETTER. WICKHAM GOT GOT WHAT HE DESERVED.

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    Christina Lowe 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books. This was a great twist. Well done.

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    Larry J. Seltzer 06-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The ultimate recorded book"

    if ever there were a book better listened to than read, it is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Katherine Kellgren's voice is perfect for the narration, conveying clearly the heart of the flower of upper-class, regency English twit-dom.
    The story doesn't merely insert zombie narrative into Austen's work, but parodies the already ludicrous personalities in the original novel and introduces a hysterical and incongruous culture of Eastern martial arts among the gentry, ladies included. By all means listen to, rather than read this novel, but be aware that strangers will look at you funny when you burst into laughter without any apparent prompt.

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    Anonymous 05-22-17
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    "narrator did a superb job"

    It amazed me that the author can write in the language of the time Very good.

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    henry mills 04-08-17
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    "....good god..."

    written in the same language, and with the same stylistic identity as any tale about Victorian England, but with the narrative and adeptness of captivation of an audience wielded by Jane Austen, it has its foundation in excellence.
    The fact that this so seamlessly incorporates zombies into the physical and social trials and tribulations of the sisters Bennett, is a wonder in and of itself. I'll refrain from my pomposity and speak as I truly am. I'm no literature person or any of that s**t. I read a lot of biographies and all that, but this book is f**king sick.

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    Jennifer 03-29-17
    Jennifer 03-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    One of the most entertaining audio books I have had the pleasure of listening to.

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  • louise
    9/2/09
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    "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
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    10/27/09
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    "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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  • Philip
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    2/10/11
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    "Why all the fuss?"

    I don't understand why people have gone so crazy for this book.
    It's basically an overly-long one-pun joke. It's one of those crazy ideas you might have drunk one night in a pub with your friends, but like most ideas of this type, it shouldn't go beyond the beer mat. I listened to it all but often found myself wondering why. Ninja's, zombies, Mr. Darcy....this is six form stuff. Yeah it's funny at times, but, really, why the fuss?
    I guess it's a novel technique to get the masses reading the classics.

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  • Henrik
    OdenseDenmark
    6/20/09
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    "Very entertaining!"

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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SlosshyDolphin
    7/30/17
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    "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
    7/30/17
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    "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
    2/6/17
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Welwyn, United Kingdom
    10/28/16
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    "Occasionally gory"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rob Woodside
    9/13/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speshla
    7/22/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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