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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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This is one of the best read and most enjoyable books I have listened to in a long, long time.
One of the best moments is the vampire discussion when they first meet our hero in the cemetary.
The multiple voices are well done and fit the various characters so well. The slow speech of the undertaker is marvelous and Keats is great.
I would not call the book moving in a deep metaphyscal sense but I will admit I had to keep picking myself up off the floor when I had fallen laughing. If you call tears of myrth moving I would definately say I was moved.
What a wonderful book, what a wonderful reader. Truly an enjoyable listen. Sean Barrett takes an enjoyable, well written and wonderful tale and makes it so much more. Hats off to Sean and Dan. I must admit it was refreshing to see the true power of vampires not that stuff that others would have you believe.
The exploites of our hero, the twists and turns of the plot are great. I will not give anything away because it is so much fun. Just know that when you think you have it figured out you will only be partly right and there is much more good stuff to come.
May vampires always have the same problems, trials and success as experienced here.
This book is a perfect antidote to the plague of brooding, seductive and powerful vampire romances infesting the shelves. The vampires, far from being a menace, are inept and brainless. Fortunately for our hapless "hero", so is the vampire hunter and just about everyone else caught up in this farce. Frederick , never the less, doggedly slogs through vampires and vampire hunters while dodging his murderous and untrustworthy but lovely partner in crime as they race to steal an inheritance. He does so with a single minded determination helped- or hindered- by the poet John Keats and a rather bloody minded Mary Shelly.
A fun read and a good performance
Wow, this book is so funny, and keep me up all night! Please find more, and reply with recommendations!!!
this was really entertaining. The story has a totally nerdy kind of sense of humor and is just a series of gags, one after another, but that didn't make it any less fun or satisfying to listen to. I loved when Mary Shelley showed up as a grave robber.
Quite a good book, though don't look for it to fall into any one genre easily. Perhaps the closest fit is "absurdist", but even that doesn't fit well. The story moves at a brisk pace, with plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting. The cameos by famous authors offer an interesting character mix.
Overall, recommend quite highly.
Sean Barrett's performance definitely added something I would have missed in the printed book.
The epic battles of silly logic throughout the book. Laugh out loud funny the entire time! John Keats' character was a delight!
His serious tone added so much to the story and made it feel so authentic that the comedy was perfectly complimented. His different voices for each character were fantastic!
I actually was not quite at a chapter break when I had to be in class... I ended up listening through the entire hour. Couldn't put it down!
Dan Wells has risen to become one of my absolute favorite authors between Night of Blacker Darkness and his Serial Killer series.
Funny, silly, enjoyable
Light-hearted, clever, fast-paced adventure that with the kind of disasters and pickles I can see myself getting in to but hope I never do! The hero is loveable for his hopelessness.
I don't think the narrater 'got' the book. He didn't read it with quite the pace and dramatic emphasis it needed. It was quite well read but needed a bit more oomph!
Definitely worth a listen if you need a few hours with something silly and funny. Very much in the style of Ealing comedies such as The Ladykillers.
Dan really has out-done himself with this short story. I honestly cannot recall when a book has made me laugh out loud--and this has several moments that got that reaction. It is simply an amazing read/listen and everyone should buy it. Do it now, you won't be disappointed!
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.
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.
"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.
I gave this an hour and a half and then gave up the will to live. What a waste of time and effort.
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