A trivial man
As a self proclaimed intellectual hedonist, this book is just plain fun. The premise is wild and the author has done his homework. The narrator carries forth the "periodness" of the author's prose. And yet, both the author and the narrator take pains to not overwhelm the 21st century consumer of their delightful conspiracy.
My only complaint - the ending. OK that's got to sound pretty weird when we all knew how this was going to end, however I think the author needed to explain/deal with the conflict that he spent a whole book setting up and then dismissed with a wave of his hand at the end. If you can bear it, stop reading/listening after the assasination. Otherwise you too may find that a good book has been ruined.
Framing device was stolen from Anne Rice's vampire tales. I will say that it is a bit better than his Jane Austen parody about Zombies. It's just a trend and would've been an exciting idea. It's just a by-the-numbers bio of Lincoln but with Vamps thrown in
No more Seth Graham Smith
Ashamed to say that I can't be sure which non-vampire parts of the story are accurate or not......yet it was an awful book. I so wanted to enjoy it, had read the hype, love vampire stories...but this one didn't live up to my expectations.
Forced myself to finish.
I now assign myself the task of true, non-fictional research on the subject of Abraham Lincoln.
Original idea, to mix silly fun fiction with fact, or past classics....but I guess I just didn't get into it. How about Huck Finn and vampires, or Moby Dick and zombie pirates ? Those may be more fun.
Tell the story
The use of real historical figures being labeled as vampires! OK, it's historical fiction. But to take the lives of people who lived and fought for their beliefs, whether in hind sight we can judge them harshly, somehow embarrasses me for the author. How small minded of Grahame-Smith.
The North only won battles if they could kill vampires. No great generals there...
Those evil vampire led southerners would have never won a single battle against the north without Vampires. No dying for what they believed in...
The south was "breeding" slaves for easy vampire food... Where does this leave the northern slave "breeders"?
MOST EMBARRASSING: Grahame-Smith had the audacity of naming real senators and military leaders as Vampires! Including Jefferson Davis! WOW, wonder what his great grand-children think of that?
I find this all embarrassing for the author and personally as an American. If the author had bothered to think that the United States is NOT the only country in the world... If he were mature enough, this book should embarrass him in other countries where it is also being read. (He used REAL Americans!)
We Americans have skeletons in our combined closets. And slavery was a horrid lesson for all Americans. We can own that, without the excuse of the monsters among us.
As someone who actually paid this author for his immature U.S. history botching, I would like to personally apologize to all of the descendants of the real people named as vampires. Inexcusable.
I will never read another of Grahame-Smith's books. Unless it is an apology.
If the author does not get sued by the descendants of his named "Vampires", I will be surprised.
Very dull! Felt like the voice actor was doing all the roles poorly.
Yep! Totally turned off to werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc.
Better voice acting perhaps?
Every last part!
Good book but no need to see the movie after the book. Not quite what I expected.
The last chapter
I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for something that keeps them occupied and is interesting on long drives.
I thought it was most interesting when Abraham Lincoln became friends with Edward Allen Poe after mistaking him for a vampire.
I didn't think the voice actor had enough variation in his voices, and would have liked him to have a little more range in his reading; overall it felt a little monotonous.
This audio book was a little shorter than most you can get for the same price, but interesting nonetheless.
I liked many features of this book. It is fun to revisit Lincoln history and to give him an otherwordly-depth, but thought this tale would have been better served as a (long) short story. Towards the end, a distinct tedium crept up on me. Vampire stories should never feel like class assignments, but I do not regret having listened.
This read like a biography (read: boring) with vampires. It was boring and stupid. The narration was super lame.
From the title I thought, this would make a great disappointing summer blockbuster. And it was also a disappointing audio book.
I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.
I cannot say firmly that this book lived up to the hype. While debating reading (listening) to this book, I read the reviews and evaluated the pros and cons. Now, after finishing the book, I'm actually a bit disappointed. Yes, it has some actual historical references and I'm sure you'll walk away learning something about history. That aside, the story didn't jump out to me, I felt like there wasn't a punchline to the plot. The audiobook as a whole wasn't bad, but certainly wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It'll be interesting to see how the movie turns out, and how the story gets tweaked for the screenplay. Overall...3 stars