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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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    S 07-04-10
    S 07-04-10
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    "Can't understand why it's rated so highly"

    Ashamed to say that I can't be sure which non-vampire parts of the story are accurate or not......yet it was an awful book. I so wanted to enjoy it, had read the hype, love vampire stories...but this one didn't live up to my expectations.
    Forced myself to finish.
    I now assign myself the task of true, non-fictional research on the subject of Abraham Lincoln.
    Original idea, to mix silly fun fiction with fact, or past classics....but I guess I just didn't get into it. How about Huck Finn and vampires, or Moby Dick and zombie pirates ? Those may be more fun.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 05-07-13
    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 05-07-13 Member Since 2015

    Tell the story

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    "Embarrassingly terrible."
    What disappointed you about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    The use of real historical figures being labeled as vampires! OK, it's historical fiction. But to take the lives of people who lived and fought for their beliefs, whether in hind sight we can judge them harshly, somehow embarrasses me for the author. How small minded of Grahame-Smith.

    Embarrassing:

    The North only won battles if they could kill vampires. No great generals there...

    Those evil vampire led southerners would have never won a single battle against the north without Vampires. No dying for what they believed in...

    The south was "breeding" slaves for easy vampire food... Where does this leave the northern slave "breeders"?

    MOST EMBARRASSING: Grahame-Smith had the audacity of naming real senators and military leaders as Vampires! Including Jefferson Davis! WOW, wonder what his great grand-children think of that?

    I find this all embarrassing for the author and personally as an American. If the author had bothered to think that the United States is NOT the only country in the world... If he were mature enough, this book should embarrass him in other countries where it is also being read. (He used REAL Americans!)

    We Americans have skeletons in our combined closets. And slavery was a horrid lesson for all Americans. We can own that, without the excuse of the monsters among us.

    As someone who actually paid this author for his immature U.S. history botching, I would like to personally apologize to all of the descendants of the real people named as vampires. Inexcusable.

    I will never read another of Grahame-Smith's books. Unless it is an apology.


    Has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Holst?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. Embarrassment.


    Any additional comments?

    If the author does not get sued by the descendants of his named "Vampires", I will be surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael C. Popek Ramsey, NJ USA 12-31-12
    Michael C. Popek Ramsey, NJ USA 12-31-12
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    Very dull! Felt like the voice actor was doing all the roles poorly.


    Has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yep! Totally turned off to werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better voice acting perhaps?


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

    Every last part!


    Any additional comments?

    It stinks!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer saratoga, wy United States 10-08-12
    Amazon Customer saratoga, wy United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009

    wyoming road warrior

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    "Pleasantly surprised - very creative"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Franklinton, NC, United States 08-21-12
    Tammy Franklinton, NC, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "good book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Good book but no need to see the movie after the book. Not quite what I expected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    The last chapter


    Have you listened to any of Scott Holst’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No havent


    Was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter worth the listening time?

    Yeah


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Charlotte, NC, United States 08-20-12
    Simon Charlotte, NC, United States 08-20-12
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    "Good light listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for something that keeps them occupied and is interesting on long drives.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    I thought it was most interesting when Abraham Lincoln became friends with Edward Allen Poe after mistaking him for a vampire.


    Did Scott Holst do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book was a little shorter than most you can get for the same price, but interesting nonetheless.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. United States 06-28-12
    A. United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Creative, but too long"
    Would you try another book from Seth Grahame-Smith and/or Scott Holst?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike United States 06-25-12
    Mike United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "BOOOOOORRRRRRIIIIINNNNGGGGGGG"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This read like a biography (read: boring) with vampires. It was boring and stupid. The narration was super lame.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Seth Grahame-Smith again?

    no.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Holst?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    BOREDOM!


    Any additional comments?

    From the title I thought, this would make a great disappointing summer blockbuster. And it was also a disappointing audio book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 06-25-12
    Patrick 06-25-12

    The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

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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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "I hope the movies better"
    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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    JARROW, United Kingdom
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    "Oh dear this is poor."

    The film got mixed reviews I am not surprised. The reader is good the story is poor.
    Frankly I have listened to the first hour thankfully I was doing something else or that`s an hour I`d not get back.
    I don`t mind vampire stories (except twilight saga) or history / biography but this fiction / fact mixture is tosh.
    Thanks audible for the returns policy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nr barry, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Bit different"

    It was interesting but got a bit long winded so ended up taking a while for me to listen to it all as I found myself listening to other books in between and going back to it a few times to get it finished.



    Covers alot of American history on the life of Abraham Lincoln (with a twist of course) which is where it seemed to drag a little. I cannot say how accurate it is, that is, if it is based on some fact or if the author has created the whole life history of Lincoln as I know nothing of American history.



    The narrator did a good job and was clear but I personally found the accent a little annoying after a while though it did fit the story I suppose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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