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For me, the narrator of an audiobook can make or break the whole experience. Katherine Kellgren brings the characters in this tale to life!
The story itself is fun and fanciful and at times laugh out loud funny. The characters are fully recognizable from their original Austen incarnations and stay true to spirit throughout. You cannot go wrong by adding this piece to your audiobook collection.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed the mix of new & old/classic in this story. It reminded me of Christopher Moore in certain parts where the witty banter of the characters was mixed in with semi-horror situations with the end result being hilarious and absurd at the same time. The accents are great and the actual battle scenes don't weigh the whole thing down for chapters on end. Kill some zombies, have some social interaction, kill some zombies, more witty exchanges, kill more zombies, worry about acting like a proper lady while killing zombies.......... it flowed quite nicely. I could see this one making for a fun/campy movie quite easily.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Loved this book, brilliant. So prim and proper but so full of blood and guts as well.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I came to Dawn of the Dreadfuls after having exhausted the literary re-writes: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Jane Slayer. These were all books I had read before in their original format, had enjoyed, and now enjoying again in their new incarnations. Unfortunately, Dawn of the Dreadfuls did not live up to my high expectations, but on consideration, I don't think that it ever could have. The books mentioned above started of as literary masterpieces and was so able to withstand this type of mutilation. Dawn of the Dreadfuls was only a story in the style of Pride and Prejudice and did not stand much of a chance. However I would say that in this situation style is everything and as long as you don't expect too much, you won't be too disappointed.
Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Austen and Steve Hockensmith ? Why or why not?
I have also purchased the companion book: Dreadfully Ever After. If I do not not give myself such high expectations as I did for Dawn of the Dreadfuls, I think I will enjoy it more.
Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Katherine Kellgren's performance was fantastic. She really takes on the characters with great enthusiasm and gives the story a real boost when it perhaps may be lacking. This is true for her performances in the other books I have mentioned as well.
Could you see Dawn of the Dreadfuls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
I really cannot see Dawn of the Dreadfuls being made into a movie nor a TV series. I believe a story in this genre has been made into a movie: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I don't think it was very good, but that's another review entirely.
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This new genre has opened up a new vista for me and I freely admit that I am hooked on the juxtaposition of mild manners required by society at that time and the blood and gore that has so desensitised the modern era. This is a genre that you will either love or hate. I love it and look forward to more books, preferably based on literary classics.
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A humourous version of my school text. I was the zombie during class. Absolutely enjoyable for all young and old
The story is not as good as the first book but still hilarious and entertaining. Unfortunately there is significant inconsistency between the original and the prequel but if you ignore that the story is still fun.