Along the lines of Abe the vampire slayer, this tells a story of Balthazar on of the three Kings. Good story with a little violence in to spice things up
This is one of the best retellings of the nativity that I've read. Grahame-Smith is careful not to denigrate the biblical story (except where the magi are concerned), bringing the story to life in a way the Bible does not. I didn't read it expecting it to reaffirm Christianity (I read it hoping for zombies), so I'm surprised how carefully he manages to keep the original story there and add his own elements to liven and provide emotion to the narrative.
The protagonist was well written, his cause just and worthy opponents to fight against. Worthy of every single minute in anticipation to what would he do next.
It was set at a per-ordained time in history and gave a large measure of fiction which I am likely to believe that it could have happened that way.
He did a great job on the performance
"To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham
This book is only good for escapist entertainment. And even then, there are better choices. So .... no.
He is a good character-reader. Meaning I would listen to him read something with extravagant characters. He voiced Herod in an over-the-top fashion and I can't decide if that was a good thing or if it made the story sillier than it should have been. Thinking back on it, I'm not sure he had a choice. The character is written as a depraved, raving lunatic. Yeah. I'd give Berkrot another shot.
It feels like it was written to be filmed, actually. And no, I wouldn't.
Unholy Night is basically a sword-and-sorcery (or maybe a swashbuckling) version of the story of the three wise men (not wise men at all, BTW) who attended Christ's birth. From the book blurb I expected something a bit more historical and a bit more irreverent, but the story contains very few historical detail and actually treats the source material with a good deal of respect (which is certainly fine with me). It wasn't a bad yarn, and had flashes of solid/poignant writing, but overall it was just kind of a pot-boiler adventure. Not a lot of food for thought.
I love this story. The actor brought each character to life and helped me to fall in love with each of them...except Herod, Pontius Pilot, and the whole Roman Empire of course!
I enjoyed a completely different idea of creating a back ground story for the three wise men.
This is a hard question to answer. Peter Berkrot does an amazing job with all the different characters voices: men, women, children, and even different accents.
I've listened to this audio book 2 times....once before going to Israel and once just after coming back from a vacation in Israel. It is amazing how much Seth Grahame-Smith captures the terrain of Israel.
Yes .. I will listen to it again... Loved it!
Herod... Miserable little Cretan.
Just a wonderful story . A twist that doesn't diminish the integrity of the original story.
Thank you for this book!
"This must be Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays." -- Douglas Adams
While at times, it was a bit gorier than I'm used to, it was still a lot of fun! The characters are well-written and well-narrated, and the plot is a great twist on a very old story. Overall, I'm really glad that I listened to it, and it just might become a new holiday favorite of mine!