Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith does a fantastic job of combining fact and fiction while telling the "TRUE" story of Abraham Lincoln.

Through Abe's journal entries we are able to follow his life as he discovers and fights vampires and how these events shaped his life and history as we know it. The story begins with Abe's childhood through his assassination at the Ford Theatre. I know readers will be shocked to learn just how much influence vampires had over the development of the United States, and even over Abe himself.

I truly enjoyed how Mr. Grahame-Smith gave us a new version to historical events... making it almost believable that, yes, vampires were somehow behind them. The Civil War, The Union... none of these things will mean the same thing once you are done reading this book.

Although I was a bit speculative about this book at first, I really think it was done very cleverly and in the end I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. My only complaint would be that the book ended rather abruptly. I'm not sure if maybe there is the hope of a sequel... I can also envision it becoming a movie. Oh yes, I can see it's appeal. Also, I do want to mention that it was gory - blood, guts and decapitations all over the place - but it was expected. This book is certainly NOT for the light of heart or those who become faint at the mention of blood.

This was an audiobook (my first) and I enjoyed it. Considering the nature of the story, I found Scott Holst's voice soothing. I think he also did a great job in changing his voice to emphasize tones and accents in the different characters. They also played this great bluegrass music at the beginning and end of each CD. I'll definitely be checking out more audiobooks in the future.

This audiobook was provided for review by Hachette Book Group.


Emidy @ Une Parole said...

Wonderful review! People seem to be loving this book - I'll have to check it out sometime.

Unknown said...

I have this one and after reading your review it makes me want to go home and start it. I love these mash-ups and reading about Abraham Lincoln and vampires just seems like too much fun.

Teena in Toronto said...

I've only listened to a couple audio books. I was in a book club and found a couple of the books boring ... so I listened to them instead. Ha!

Happy blogoversary :)

Beth F said...

I have this on audio -- I really need to get listening!

Michele said...

Audiobooks can become addicting. You've been warned. :)

Jennifer said...

Sounds wonderful. I love American history and Lincoln is definitely one of my favorite presidents. I definitely want to read this book and maybe I'll even check out the audio version. I have been hesitant to jump on the audiobook wagon but I think it might be time for me to make the switch. I'm trying to hit the gym more and I'm thinking that the audiobooks might be more practical than bringing the real ones.

thecarmenata said...

Hi! I was blog-hopping and came across your blog. I read the book too and IMO, it's epic. Not the whole cliched vampire drama and it gives color to Abe's already wonderful life.

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