Pride and Prejudice and Zombies : Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • by Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
  • Series: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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 read.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.


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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Katelyn

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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- Grace C.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios