Many know Pride & Prejudice is my all-time favorite book. Between the book (which I have read and reread) and the movie (which I have rewatched many times) I can recite most of the lines uttered by the characters by heart.
I have never read a redo of Pride & Prejudice because I didn’t want a book that means so much to me to be tainted or destroyed by another author who doesn’t have the same amount of love and respect for this novel as I do.
It was with great trepidation I picked up this audio book at the library. In the introduction the author explains how he uses Jane Austen’s original manuscript and just changes words, paragraphs, or basic themes in the book but still leaves large portions of the pages untouched. That statement excited me. I could still have my novel much like it has always been! So I popped it into my car stereo.
The book starts familiarily. In fact, I recite lines from it while driving down the highway,and soon it changes. At first I frown. That’s not how it goes I protest. Then I begin to laugh because the new word- zombie- seems so out of place in the halls of Longbourn, the Bennet family home.
At times gruesome with talk of decaying corpses, decapitated heads, and pus filled sores and other times hysterically funny- “What? No ninja?” Lady Catherine DeBourgh exclaims when finding the Bennet sisters were brought up without one, I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book from start to finish.
The voice of Katherine Kellgren is perfect for the voices of the Bennet sisters as I have always imagined them to be: Jane’s shy and gentle, Elizabeth’s strong and determined, Lydia’s silly and immature, and Kitty’s more serious.
Read this book knowing it will not be the same book you have come to love through the years but accepting that sometimes I little bit of change is okay.