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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet Audiobook

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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 twenty-four-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 and design, complementing the existing web series, while including plenty of fresh twists to delight fans and new readers 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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    Kindle Customer 02/11/2015
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    "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 19/10/2015
    mr 19/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "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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  • Samantha Schaffer
    27/06/14
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget
    25/06/14
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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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Diana Køhler
    30/09/15
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    07/07/14
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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)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seekchange
    San Rafael, CA
    26/06/14
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Haley Muhlestein
    29/11/16
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    "decent"

    The story was all right... It's fun if you're a fan of the book or webseries. the writing isn't amazing but it's entertaining. I know they were trying to do some interesting meta allusions, but I found the references to Hank Green cringeworthy, although you gotta give them props for trying something different.

    The voice acting for Lizzie was OK, but I found the voices for some of the other characters (especially Charlotte and Lydia) really obnoxious. Charlotte is such a cool character but she is given such a grating mean-girls voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua
    25/08/16
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    "Amazing!"

    I loved every moment of this book! Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites and this spin off does Jane Austen proud. I will definitely read this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • by: AR
    24/08/16
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    "Funny!!"

    So funny!! Modern yet true to original story. Love Lizzies' vocabulary! A delightful and engaging treat for P&P fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Francis
    05/08/16
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    "Modern morality"

    So much of the original story was about the conflict between society's moral standards and the behavior of the characters in the book. It is sad that in our modern world we have given up on morality completely. This seems like a cheap copy of the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zain
    01/07/16
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    "Great narration!"

    Ashley Clements did an amazing job voicing Jane, Charlotte, Lydia, and especially Darcy pre-letter and post-letter. You hear the difference

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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