Love to read books,but not enough Time
I have to admit when I saw an American Hero & Legend with a spin by Seth Gram Smith .
I could not wait too hear it! I loved the idea of an interesting new look though fiction at our most loved president.
I was 100% spellbound Loved it more than Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters but not as much as Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Seth Brings new dimensions to history, that truly thrill and tease you imagination. Great for long Trips keeps you alert and entertained!
I am a vampire lore enthusiasts! With that said, this book was an excellent listen and the narrator Scott Holst was commendable. It took a premise that was one of a kind and made an engaging and believable story from it. Take it from someone who has been burned in the past from reading others excellent reviews on books and wondered later "what were they drinking?", you'll enjoy it.
I loved this book. I had been hesitant about buying this book, thinking it was some type of comedy, but heard a positive review on Windows Weekly podcast and decided to buy it. Boy, was I surprised. The idea for the story is brilliant and the author pulled it off really well. It was really believable. Whether you like vampire stories or not, this is a must read for everyone because it's really entertaining.
I was afraid this would be one of those wannabe Twilight knock-offs, but I was pleasantly surprised! It reads like a true biography and is so believable that it can't be called cheesy. Definitely worth a listen!
Like many of my favorite books, I didn't have high expectations here. Let's face it. The whole "re-make classic lit into monster books" genre is a cute idea but it has limits.
Surprisingly, this book catches you right away and never lets go. It manages to take a silly concept and transform it into an engaging dramatic retelling of Lincoln's life story with a real "Paul Harvey" twist. We're treated to the rest of the story in a dark, film noir kind of way that really holds your attention.
If you know Lincoln, you know what's coming for him--loss, pain, death. Even with that knowledge, you find yourself grieving for his losses and cheering for his triumphs.
How'd Seth do that in a story about Vampires and a dead President? Got me. But if his next book is Jimmy Carter: Werewolf, I'll be first in line to buy it.
Very enjoyable re-imagining of Lincoln's life, interpreting his drives and motives as wanting to rid America of vampires. Lots more behind this book than the funny title, it has substance and it kept me interested and wanting more through the whole listen.
Author did an amazing job of using the language of the time, the dialogue is very authentic.
I loved the research that went into this book, but the narrator really dulled it down. There were so many instances of vampires that I found myself laughing with my new catch phrase, "It was a vampire." (you have to say this in the same voice as the narrator or else it isn't funny). The book got much better during the Civil War, but it takes too long to get there.
Plot and storytelling fail to do justice to the whimsical premise.
The delivery is more like a Lincoln biography, less like a novel, and the writing is immature. For example, there is little difference between the contemporary narrator's speech style and Abe Lincoln's, except that Lincoln's speech is "thusly" peppered with archaic words. And the narrator gushes about daddy Thomas Lincoln's prowess as a storyteller, then proceeds to heavily paraphrase his stories. I suppose the author knows he's not a great storyteller and had to wiggle his way out of writing a great story.
"Vampire Hunter" is interesting enough that I listened to my purchase to the end - but I wouldn't recommend it. Young teens might enjoy it.
I enjoyed the narrator and thought the story moved at a good pace. There are hundreds of books written about the life and death of Lincoln, but none cast with the inventive underpinnings of Mr. Grahame-Smith. He almost managed to make a convincing argument that ending slavery was the only way to end vampirism in the US. The reader is asked to "think outside the box" on this one. I do appreciate a good vampire tale - but the logic behind the author's reasoning does not hold together as well as I would have liked. I was left asking myself how countries less aware than our own did not fall completely under the influence of those black-eyed fiends. I must also add that I did not find it comforting to think that Mr. Lincoln roams the earth condemned to suck the blood of his fellow man. That did not sit well. It was a good listen - with an uncomfortable end.
This is differently worth a credit if you have an extra you can't seem to spend on anything special. The history is very much the best part of the book. A better book is Lincoln's Dreams. I wish audible would get this book.