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 30s 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 40th 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.
Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible both honors and updates Austen's beloved tale. Tackling gender, class, courtship, and family, Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.
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Von nina Am hilfreichsten 04.08.2017
Very entertaining but disappointing speaker
Although I'm not completely convinced that this modern Darcy would fall for the modern Liz Bennett, that may be due to the speaker. I have heard several of her other performances and strongly dislike her intonation (right term?) there. Here she is tolerable, although I'm afraid she may distort the character of Liz to such a degree as to call Darcy's total devotion into question. And yes, the author has sprinkled vulgar language throughout the book. Still, it' such a good story that I can't help give it 5 stars.
Von guteseele Am hilfreichsten 18.08.2016
Very easy listen and witty adaptation
If you treat Jane Austen with blind deference and deem sex, swearing and pop culture vulgar you definitely should stay in your sweet and dated Jane-universe and away from this funny and well-thought-out update.
This book is so witty in transforming J.A.'s smart and satiric observations on society and love into a 2013 Cincinnati family and love story that continually comments on social absurdities and common prejudice against people outside the mainstream. Every detail and transformation is so interesting and striking that the whole story works. There are quite a few details where Sittenfeld chooses to leave the pattern of Jane Austen's original. Mostly, as in the case of Catherine de Burgh, Lydia, Mr Bennet and Cousin Willy I really like the update because it's either less sexist or more realistic than in P&P. E.g. Lydia's vulgarity and carelessness are commented on but in a two-fold way. She actually is a strong and free character. In that way, social norms are dealt with much freer than in Jane Austen.
Mostly, it is such an easy listen and the "S.T." between Darcy and Liz is boiling.
HEligible,’ Curtis Sittenfeld’s Update of Jane Austen