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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First read by Grahame-Smith. Great story line and a nice twist on the popular vampire topic. I don't know how accurate some of the other events are (non-vampire related) so I will just consider it historical-fiction. I look forward to reading his others.
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.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
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
This book was ok but verry dry. with all the hype I was wxpectiong more from the book.
little less historical face that every school child that we have been taught for ever.
I felt like good old abe was reading me his diaries and I could picture what he was telling me awesome story teller voice
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
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.
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.
There was nothing to it, just random jumps from one exploit to the next. Very little character development. It felt very rushed.
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.
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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