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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

By: Seth Grahame-Smith,Jane Austen
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
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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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What listeners say about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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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!

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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.

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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.

35 people found this helpful

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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.

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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.

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Avoid this Book.

Read PPZ. And it is BAD. It’s like someone just tossed in some Hollywood without thinking it through or anything.

I never finished the book, I got so annoyed about half way that I just up and quit. The part that bothered me is that "according to the story" zombies have been around for years and years. I think 20 years or something. OK no problems with that.

But each time they attack its like, "Gosh! What are these then?" Early in the book they come crashing through a large glass window. Eat half the dinner party, and then our heroines pull out there Ninja skills and kick butt.

I have no issue with woman being able to fight. I thought that was cool. It’s the fact that they all trained to be Ninjas, have katanas, and uses throwing starts. Their marshal art skills. The add in parts are just poorly thought out.

I don't see why he didn't just do a little research into the fighting styles of the times. What weapons would one find in England? If their father was in the military, why didn't they have a more military (English) training?

Also WHY did everyone seem to forget the zombies where out there and go for a nice walk in the dark woods? Just avoid this book at all costs! And read World War Z. At least that one follows a more "realistic" approach.

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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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Plagiarism?

The author may have given Jane Austen author billing, but if one of my students turned this in, I'd give them an F for plagiarism. It's 90% Jane Austen with a little martial arts and zombies thrown in. I really enjoy it when authors take old classics and create something entirely new with it, like Rebecca's Tale, or Wicked, or Wide Sargasso Sea, but this is just theft! I'm really surprised they published this. I would hate to see a trend toward people taking material that's no longer protected by copyright laws, changing it a little and making a profit off of someone else's creativity.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Matt
  • 04-16-11

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.

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  • C. Ellis
  • 10-28-16

Occasionally gory

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

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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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  • Dean
  • 01-10-20

Funny idea brought to life

If, like me, you saw the movie and liked it then this might run a little long to sustain the joke. That said it is a good joke and it does deserve to be allowed to stretch its legs a bit.
I enjoyed it.

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  • R.Beech
  • 08-06-19

Surprisingly gentle, but delightfully wicked

I came to the book with good expectations and was mostly pleased. The imitation of Austen’s style in the new sections is pretty good. Both the old and new parts of this book are funny and witty and the two blend together very well. The emotional scenes are still affecting and the listener still wants the protagonists to succeed. I did find the slightly cruel new edge to Elizabeth’s character a bit off putting, such as when she kills living people like lady Catherine’s ninjas, but the hilarity of that concept itself kept me listening and I tried to take it less seriously. I do wish Grahame-Smith could have found more words to describe the are that contains China and Japan rather than just relying on ‘the Orient.’
Kellgren did a magnificent job of narrating the two styles. Her lovely refined pronunciation was very well suited to Austen’s prose and she delightfully relished in the horrifying descriptions and gore. She handled distinguishing characters voices very well although some of her male voices were very similar and this led to mild confusion.
Overall it was gory fun with added emotional investment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-11

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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  • Sara
  • 07-23-22

Loved

I love Jane Austen pride and prejudice but after watching the motion picture I thought about reading the book, this book is far by amazing and I hope to read more like this

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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.

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  • JWoo
  • 09-26-22

Strong beginning ... disappointing middle ... argh

When I started this, I was at first impressed with how Seth Grahame-Smith was able to seamlessly and amusingly maintain the essence of Pride and Prejudice within a world of zombies. It was going so well ... until about a third of the way in when I felt the story just gave up on being seamless and just became a mess.

Main characters became unrecognisable, and in most cases just no longer likable - in particular the character of Elizabeth. Also, there were some glaring inconsistencies in logic (and I'm not talking about zombies). By two-thirds of the way in, I just wanted it to be over. It's a pity, really, because I'm still really impressed with the first third of the book. There were certainly some laugh-out-loud moments throughout but unfortunately, the last half was simply boring.

All that said, the narration was brilliant - even scared my dog a few times!

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  • Myk
  • 08-12-18

Tedious rubbish

Tedious rubbish that Audible's annoying system forces me to say in at least fifteen words

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

A Kind of Sloppy Retelling

movie was much better, though the concept intrigued me, i felt little satisfaction in this retelling. The zombie plague gave such strange alterations to the regency period that it almost seemed to be a 15 year old boys retelling. The Japanese/Chinese training is painfully racist and completely unnecessary - they could have really gone into depth with regency weaponry but no, they had to make this already stupid retelling even more so.

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  • Chris Burgess
  • 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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  • 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.

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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