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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

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A lovely addition to the LBD universe

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. Ashley Clements /is/ Lizzie and delivers an excellent performance here.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet?

The Letter. THE LETTER.

Who was the most memorable character of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and why?

Caroline gets a significant amount of depth added to her, which really rounded out her character.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook, offers a ton of new character insight and plenty of Dizzie feels.

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Must Read for Lizzie Bennet fans.

What does Ashley Clements bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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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.

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A great addition.

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!

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My new favorite Pride & Prejudice

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)

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A truly intelligent modern Elizabeth Bennet

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.

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Disappointing

Probably my least favorite Pride and Prejudice spin-off. It just seemed to miss the mark on so many things and failed to make me care about the characters.

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Everything about this...

As soon as I found out about this book, I bought it, as well as The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, and then provided to not read them for a year, to the day, when I got this audio book. When I found out Ashley Clements narrated this book, I knew that I wanted her reading to be my first experience with it. And I’m so glad I did. It brought me back to last year when I discovered LBD and binging every single episode, instead of getting some much needed sleep before work. Ashley does such a wonderful job as Lizzie Bennet, both in the series, and reading the book. It had me completely on the edge of my seat when Lizzie went home from Pemberly, and reminded me of my absolute love of all the Bennet girls. (And, of course, I won’t forget cousin Mary. Somebody has to remember her.) This book provides such depths into their lives, that we didn’t get to see in just the videos. I feel that it’s a must read for fans of the series. (And it gave me SUCH feels when the Darcy’s took Lizzie out for the day.) I can’t wait to see what happens next when I get to experience M.K. Wiles’s narrative of The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet.

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a gift for fans of LBD

a lovely way to relive the series! I'm so happy that Ashley Clements was able to read it!

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Except for the Darcy voice ....

This is by far the best modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice I've read and worthy of a listen. I thought the reader/narrator/performer did an outstanding job bringing personalities alive through her vocal inflections and voices with one really disappointing exception. I thought the Darcy voice was overly "computer sounding" and even the modernization of the character didn't paint him as a geek - just an introverted workaholic. But the rest was terrific and well worth the listen.

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The reader needs help.

How could the performance have been better?

The story was a nice update on Jane Austen's original, but the readers voice for Mr. Darcy especially was Juvenal and irritating. She attempted to make a strong male voice and it was farcical. The reader did a fine job with the female voices and secondary male characters like William Fitz. Like I said, nice story, nice modern update, but by the time Darcy pledged his love I was cringing at the sound of his voice.

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  • treefell
  • 06-23-17

Entertaining extenstion of the original web series

What did you like most about The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet?

The performance by Ashley Clements is simply outstanding. I also liked that they addressed some of the criticisms of the show by opening the world to beyond the webcam.

What other book might you compare The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet to, and why?

The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet (well if Audible UK let you buy it...)

Which character – as performed by Ashley Clements – was your favourite?

My favourite character is always going to be Lizzie but I also love her Charlotte, Darcy and Gigi a lot

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The reconciliation between Lizzie and Lydia

Any additional comments?

Probably only worth it for big fans of the original web series but it deepens the original story about as much as it can given the diary format.

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  • 11-02-15

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.

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  • mr
  • 10-19-15

Dull

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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  • Madgerama
  • 07-24-17

Loved the story

The narrator was great in the main character and some other female voices but her Catherine voice was caricature cringeworthy as was Darcy's robotic stammer. Due to this it took away from the romantic part of the story. I think for me, I should have skipped the audio and read the ebook along with the YouTube part.