Eligible

Eligible

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
ISBN: 9780307736673
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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JessicaTB
Aug 11, 2017

This was a fun and light hearted ode to a classic. It was totally worth it to hear a modern take on the Bennett sisters.

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NRGR
Mar 06, 2017

I don't think I could finish this book if my life depended on it - the (audio) reading is off-putting and the story is worse. I was hoping for a serendipitous find since there is a line-up to get Pride and Prejudice - line ups to get most audio books. But don't settle on this - discover the real Miss Bennetts (even if it's for the 10th time!).

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Mikogee
Sep 23, 2016

I regret that I will not know Sittenfeld's other stories because this one has turned me off. The plot and character alterations are predictably trendy and the language is ordinary. The best part is that it makes me want to read the original again.

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Srkorson
Sep 22, 2016

Obviously, it's not a true adaptation from Pride and Prejudice, because the author definitely took liberties in recreating the characters and morals of the two eldest Bennett sisters. I found the writing to be crude and crass and utterly boring. Basically I consider it junk food reading.

JCLMELODYK Jul 18, 2016

All you serious Pride and Prejudice fans! No need to get your knickers in a knot. Relax. It's all so funny. The Bennet sisters transported to Cincinnati circa 2013, their fertility in a free-fall and not an eligible man in sight. What pray tell will happen?

One small complaint is Sittenfeld's teeny, tiny chapters. I think they numbered close to 200. I actually like this technique when reading a hard copy but not so much when the the audio is interrupted every few paragraphs with a new chapter announcement

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