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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter | [Seth Grahame-Smith]

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
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Publisher's Summary

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

©2010 Seth Grahame-Smith (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Patrick Austin, TX, United States 06-25-12
    Patrick Austin, TX, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011

    I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.

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    "I hope the movie is better..."

    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

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    Amazon Customer Morgantown, WV 06-25-12
    Amazon Customer Morgantown, WV 06-25-12 Member Since 2007

    rwinters

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    What would have made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better?

    This book was ok but verry dry. with all the hype I was wxpectiong more from the book.


    What could Seth Grahame-Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    little less historical face that every school child that we have been taught for ever.


    What does Scott Holst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt like good old abe was reading me his diaries and I could picture what he was telling me awesome story teller voice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is a completely original concept that made you look at historical events a little diffrently and say wow that makes a little more sense


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. MacClenny, FL, United States 06-24-12
    M. MacClenny, FL, United States 06-24-12
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    "Scott Holst killed it."

    I was looking forward to this book but it turned into a drag....kept waiting for the fun exciting part and it never came. And the narrator just made it worse... I was looking forward to the movie but after listening to this I am skipping the movie version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 06-11-12
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!!!!!"

    Absolutely loved the way the author incorporated the whole vampire thing with actual history. It really made sense when you think about in a twisted way. I am sure I will listen to it again. I see they are going to make a movie of it. I am so glad I have listened to the book first, I don't see how the movie can do the book justice.

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    David CLAYTON, NC, United States 04-30-12
    David CLAYTON, NC, United States 04-30-12
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    "Boring and poorly written"
    Would you try another book from Seth Grahame-Smith and/or Scott Holst?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Seth Grahame-Smith’s story?

    There was nothing to it, just random jumps from one exploit to the next. Very little character development. It felt very rushed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Holst’s performances?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    The trouble with this book could not be solved by cutting out a few parts. What you would need to do is give the idea to someone who knows how to write, like Patrick Rothfuss.


    Any additional comments?

    Wait for the movie to come out as it will probably be better then the book. I didnt think I would ever say those words but I feel like they will prove true.

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    Elizabeth Blue Springs, MO, United States 04-21-12
    Elizabeth Blue Springs, MO, United States 04-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Gruesome for My Taste"

    I tried several times to continue on through this one, but it's just too disgusting for my taste. I should have listened to my best friend; he knows me better than anyone and warned me that I wouldn't like it.
    The writing was okay, I can't say Grahame-Smith isn't talented in spinning a tale. The narration was okay, too.
    I got this on sale for $4.95; good thing! Wish Audible had the capacity to allow subscribers to sell/swap titles. I'd be glad to pass this one on to someone else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 09-28-11
    Anne LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 09-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining, but not a favorite"

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook - an absurd premise to be sure, but that's what makes it fun! I liked the story and the author's ability to weave historical fact and fantasy. However, I was not a fan of the narrator - he really only had "one voice" for all the different characters (though he did try, unsuccessfully, to differentiate them based on speed and pitch), and I found that annoying. I think I've been spoiled with other narrators!

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    Michael Conway New Hampshire, United States 06-02-11
    Michael Conway New Hampshire, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    Not overly pleased with this story. No as good as I thought it would be.

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    WILLIAM 03-10-11
    WILLIAM 03-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally stupid and irresponsible"

    really dumb, boring, and silly. It's shameful to even give this one star.
    I'd like the 7 hours of my life, that I wasted, returned to me.
    What's next? "Mother Theresa: Alien Prostitute"?

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    Dr. United States 01-21-11
    Dr. United States 01-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent concept gratuitous gore."

    This is one book that I suggest you get the “hard copy” and at least browse through it first, then buy to listen if you prefer audio books. I understand this book is about vampires in America, but the detailed, progressively horrific gore with each account is over the top. This work, in whatever format, in my opinion, should come with a warning about the graphic nature of the gore. I think the story could have been at least as enjoyable, if not more, and would be appealing to a much wider audience.

    There is no way I would recommend this to anyone I know – ever. Too bad because the concept, and “story itself” was creative, plausible (for all those who believe in vampires) and woven with skill through documented historical events.

    Sometimes, leaving to the reader/listener’s imagination is the best suspense there is with the right “set up.” At least there is “fast forward” capabilities with listening to the audio, but it makes for very “choppy” listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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