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The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real. He fakes his own death and escapes in a coffin, but when he gets to the graveyard and crawls out of the coffin, somebody sees him and assumes he's a vampire. It's pretty much all downhill from there. Frederick spends the rest of the book doing everything he can to steal a massive inheritance from a dead man, all the while running from constables, vampire hunters, ghouls, poets, proper young ladies, highly improper young ladies, morticians, mysterious figures, and the most pathetic collection of vampires to ever disgrace a work of fiction.
The book is Extremely Silly: imagine a horror story, as written by Monty Python, in the style of the old screwball comedies like The Producers, What's Up Doc?, and Some Like it Hot, and then imagine that for some reason it's also in the style of a Victorian frame story starring John Keats and presented by a fake historian. A delightfully funny novel full of witty dialogue brought to life by the narrative voice talents of Sean Barrett.
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Frederick is having one of those days. While trying to pull off an inheritance con-job he's arrested for a different fraud and must fake faking his own death to escape. After being abandoned by the undertaker he manages to escape from his coffin only to be spotted by the local vampires who are intent on following him thinking he's the great one.
Still Frederick finds new accomplishes but one is a morbid poet who's constantly rhyming, which personally I found very cool, and the other is digging up dead body parts for her book research. Together they must continue with the inheritance job while trying to contend with an over zealous vampire hunter and the real vampire great one. Did I mention his ex-partner wants him dead, but thinks he's undead, and that he made her undead.
As absurd as this sounds Dan Wells pulls it off. This book is a hilarious take on classic horror and vampire stories. The humour is a mixture of dark, dry wit, word play and rational reasoning. All of which I found hilarious. Some of the humor near the end is slap stick which works better in a visual medium.
Worth a read if you want something different and silly.
So, the closest thing I could compare this to is a really massive, complex, Abbott and Costello skit. It's seriously hilarious. The narrator does amazing things here. I can only compare it to Jim Dale's Harry Potter, which in my opinion is about the highest praise possible for a narrator. To be sure, I almost thought about quitting after 30 minutes because it starts out a bit slow, but by the end of an hour, I never wanted it to stop.
Absolutely! Just thinking about it makes me grin. It was laugh out loud funny. Ridiculous fun!
Mr Barrett did a marvelous job of distinguishing all of the characters. The story may not have had the same hilarity without his excellent delivery.
Vampires, Frankenstein, and John Keats! Oh My! Hope it gets made into live action or CG movie, with Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter.
Pretty much says it all. “A Night of Blacker Darkness,” is a ?fresh? take on the classic genre of the British farce. Set in a world of vampires, vampire hunters, criminals and constables, this book follows the unlucky protagonist as he tries to convince everyone that a he is not a vampire. Overall, it made me laugh and if you are looking for a light read with silly circumstance and a touch of gothic, this may be the book for you.
River On The Edge
Good. I needed to giggle like a little boy and this book was just the ticket.
John Keats, a compulsive rhymer and nitwit romantic, was a great sidekick and added some surreal dialogue.
He made the book for me. I'm not sure if I'd have found it so funny without his deadpan and hilarious performance.
The beginning was confusing but once I got passed the first chapter.
I really liked this book. It is an enjoyable screwball comedy.
This is the most silly story! Wells leads us from one absurdity to another nonsense from beginning to end. Sean Barrett reads it as if Frederick's puzzlement and quick wits were his own : as a reader, he actually is "The Great One" (no spoiler here). The scene in the charnel house had me laughing out loud while driving which wasn't the most secure thing to do. In short, it was a great fun!
NB : I'm not sure I'll ever be able to read anything by Keats after that ;)
This is what I love best about Audible. It brings me together with books I would not normally have heard of or would ever try. I loved this book from start to finish. The characters are extremely well written and the way they interact with each other just made me laugh out loud. The story is like the description said, extremely silly but exceptionally funny. Will definitely be listening to this again and again.
"witty, gothic, superbly narrated"
I so thoroughly enjoyed this that I have now listened to it about 6 times!! If you like quirky, outrageous and quick witted this is for you! And watch out for the literature rip offs/spoofs and 'real' characters that float in and out! Superb!!
"A Daft, Gothic Tale."
I loved this listen. Dan Wells has produced a traditional gothic, vampire storyline with modern twists and innuendos in this book. Vampires are supposed to be scary but not in this book. The protagonists come to life with the voices of the talented Sean Barrett and his amazing range of well developed characters. Each of which are truly inept and incapable of getting anything right.
The book moves at a fast pace with several famous historical figures of literature joining the adventures of the hapless Frederick Withers. A man who is trying to clear his name and secure a "dodgy inheritance".
This is a daft tale with a surprising ending. Anyone who has listened to Bleak Expectations will love the wit and clever turns in this enjoyable listen.
"Like a Keystone Cops Thriller"
What a lovely change from my usual supernatural/horror books. It put me in mind of the old Keystone Cops, very funny. Sean Barrett was brilliant as usual giving all the characters their own individual voices. If you want a laugh I recommend this book, it's something quiet different.
"One of my favourite books ever."
This is my tenth time of listening and it just gets better and better. The story goes as breakneck speed and is laugh out loud funny. I cannot recommend it enough.
"Completely wonderfully silly and brilliantly read."
If you’re the kind of person who sees the story unfold in your mind as it’s read then you will appreciate the very visual humour of this book, some of the action descriptions made me laugh out loud - in public - (in particular the vampires walking on their knees falling into an open grave).
With a full cast of criminals, vampires, undertakers, body snatchers, bankers, vampire hunters and poets, and the female characters every bit as scheming and dark as the male, I found this the most enjoyable book I’ve listened to, or read, for a long time. There’s a lot of entertaining nonsense with coffins and bodies being moved around, dubious rhyming from John Keats and the most wonderfully pathetic vampires ever.
The reading is superb and the ‘voices’ of each character absolutely perfect (don’t be put off by the introduction!). I’ve listened to this three times already and this will definitely join my ‘favourite books to listen to when I want a laugh’ collection.
"ok if you are six years old!"
Unfortunately, purchasing this book was a mistake. it is ridiculous, childish and predictable. At one point I wondered if I had bought a children's book because that would be the only suitable audience. I have now stopped listening to it as I can not stand to listen to the end. Do not waste your money.
Another book I would never have found without audible and their deals. I loved it, the characters, the humour, the situations they found themselves in that got increasingly farcical. The only shame - it was so short! I want more of Frederick's adventures, I wonder if Dan Wells can be persuaded......
"An interesting premise but desperately slow"
I loved the concept but it was delivered clumsily. The humour was like it was written by student and I am sadly not thing Cambridge Footlights.
I gave up despite making it almost to the end because I really did not care about the characters.
Such a shame.
"I tried to like it."
I really wanted to like this but I simply could'nt get into it. Obviously not to everyones taste.
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