Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Version: Unabridged
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: April 2016
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family as Curtis Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE TIMES (UK)

This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . .

And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

Praise for Eligible

“Even the most ardent Austenite will soon find herself seduced.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

“Blissful . . . Sittenfeld modernizes the classic in such a stylish, witty way you’d guess even Jane Austen would be pleased.”—People (book of the week)

“[A] sparkling, fresh contemporary retelling.”—Entertainment Weekly

“[Sittenfeld] is the ideal modern-day reinterpreter. Her special skill lies not just in her clear, clean writing, but in her general amusement about the world, her arch, pithy, dropped-mike observations about behavior, character and motivation. She can spot hypocrisy, cant, self-contradiction and absurdity ten miles away. She’s the one you want to leave the party with, so she can explain what really happened. . . . Not since Clueless, which transported Emma to Beverly Hills, has Austen been so delightedly interpreted. . . . Sittenfeld writes so well—her sentences are so good and her story so satisfying. . . . As a reader, let me just say: Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition.”—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

“A clever, uproarious evolution of Austen’s story.”—The Denver Post

“If there exists a more perfect pairing than Curtis Sittenfeld and Jane Austen, we dare you to find it. . . . Sittenfeld makes an already irresistible story even more beguiling and charming.”—Elle

“A playful, wickedly smart retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.”—BuzzFeed

“Sittenfeld is an obvious choice to re-create Jane Austen’s comedy of manners. [She] is a master at dissecting social norms to reveal the truths of human nature underneath.”—The Millions

“A hugely entertaining and surprisingly unpredictable book, bursting with wit and charm.”—The Irish Times

“An unputdownable retelling of the beloved classic.”—PopSugar

Reviews (5)

*REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*

Written by Anonymous on April 23rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I recently finished listening to the audiobook which may have been part of my problem with the way too chipper narrator. Although the story was one I wanted that was hard to put down, I felt myself wanting more depth of character. I was incredulous that Lizzie would have gotten over Jasper so easily and then wanted to marry Darcy after “hate *******” him 4 times. While marrying someone who shows strength of character, is rich, and is chivalrous would be reasons for a woman to marry two hundred plus years ago they no longer ring true today. The same went for Jane and Chip. We know they want to get married after knowing each other 3? weeks or so and then pine for each other for several months. The best way to enjoy the book, in my opinion, is to treat it like a beach read. To truly update Pride and Prejudice and keep to main story line, maybe give the characters more time to suss our their relationship like we do now. If you don’t give it much thought, it is a fun read.

Written by Chauntall Jones on October 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Intrigued on the update storyline plot similar to original outcome it was entertaining but somewhat disappointing with the over-detail of mundane events and Liz's irritating character voice.

Written by Kalyn Starkey on July 25th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The storyline was dull and the narrator was incredibly annoying.

Written by Vanessa Carley on May 19th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I was interested in listening to this because I enjoy Pride and Prejudice, including remakes. This version was enjoyable, the narration was ok. I didn't like the voice the narrator created for Elizabeth. She made her sound high-pitched which gave off an air-head-like tone. Elizabeth Bennett is anything but an air-head so for me the voice gor her was the least enjoyable but overall, I'm not disappointed.

Written by Danielle Audette on May 15th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Easy read as an audiobook. Entertaining to say the least.

Author Details

Author Details

Sittenfeld, Curtis

Curtis Sittenfeld's first novel, Prep, was a national bestseller. It was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, will be published in fourteen foreign countries, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures. Sittenfeld's nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Allure, Glamour, and on NPR's This American Life. She lives in Philadelphia. Visit her website at www.curtissittenfeld.com.

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