There are reasons we fear the night. He isn't one of them.
Bill Ryder was a dateless dweeb...then he died. Unfortunately for him that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke to find himself a vampire, one of the legendary predators of the night. Unfortunately for him, he was still at the bottom of the food chain.
Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier and a whole lot cooler than he is. Worst yet, they all want him dead...permanently this time.
Bill isn't exactly average, though. A vampire like him hasn't been seen in centuries. He's got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies, and an attitude problem that makes him too damn obnoxious to quit.
Join him in this hilarious tale of monsters, mayhem, and the unlikely hero who's not afraid to tell them all off...even if it gets his teeth kicked in.
©2011, 2012 Rick Gualtieri (P)2012 Rick Gualtieri
Did not read the print version but after falling in love with Rick's writing I will probably buy the books in print.
Every. Single. Thing. The geekiness behind Bill is just fabulous!
The point of view of Bill is great but Christopher John Fetherolf really brings Bill to life.
The Big Fang
Loved It! This was awesome. The narration was spot on and the wise crack banter between characters was well played. Not over the top story telling. The weakness of a character was actually a strength. Refreshing in every way.
Bill The Vampire (and the entire series) is one of my top three favorite audio book series of all times (and I have a huge library)
Most vampire stories have the main character as this beautiful handsome man that, when turned, women swoon and the horror of being a vampire is romanticized. WELL NOT THIS BOOK! Rick Gualtieri puts such a clever spin on this vampire series that I've never seen before. I love that he took an ordinary nerdy geeky guy, who you would see walking around at Comic-Con and turned him into a vampire.
Fetherolf's narration is one of the best narrations I've heard. He can pull off all the sarcastic comments and comedy that Gualiteri has in the book, and his voice is enjoyable to listen to. I'm a big critic with narrators, and this one is def one of my favorites.
The most memorable character is, of course, Bill himself. However, Sally is a great character that has hilarious dialogue with Bill throughout the book.
If you are looking for a really fun read and love books that make you laugh, this series is a MUST!
The voice narration was fabulous, and I preferred listening to it.
Guiltier has created a unique vampire culture, but their overall capabilities follow the more well known vampire lore. The self defacing character comedy and comedy of error remind me of the whit found in a Neil Simon play.
When Sally hits on Bill on the Subway and Bill mentally freaks out over her grabbing his battle mage.
A date movie you'll both enjoy.
I look forward to reading the entire series.
Except for a few mispronunciations ( viola, instead of voilà) the narration in this book was great. The characters--especially Bill--sounded hilarious.
I might compare it a little to the Black Knight Chronicles in the sense that both are comedic takes on vampires, but Gualtieri tells a waaay better story, much funnier, with characters that you become more invested in.
I did read the book first, before I purchased it from Audible, and although I thought it was a terrific read, Featheroff did a great job of really bringing the characters to life so that the book was even funnier.
I loved this book, and all the ones that follow! I laughed through the whole book.
I highly recommend this series--not just "Bill the Vampire"--to anyone who is into paranormal stuff. It's a great, light read with lots of action and comedy, and nothing heavy to bring you down.
who am I?
Definitely worth a read. The narrator has a good voice, unf, he doesn't "do voices," so all characters sound the same. I found this frustrating. I ended up reading (most of) the book on an android tablet, and imagining voices from the "Monster Hunters International" narrator (sorry, can't remember his name)
Im some guy in Oshkosh, WI that walks to work and has found the joy of listening to good books and values good narrators :).
“Killing a hot chick is like clubbing a baby seal”
If your ok with that quote then you’ll enjoy the book. The book paints programmers and geek culture with a huge brush. It assumes that most of them are game playing, bros before hoes, doll (action figure) collecting, social rejects one step away from the cave. Id say they talk about women as adolescents would but that assumes that boys are born with these beliefs. Out of the men in the book not one of them shows respect for or talks highly of any women unless their referencing their appearance. Bill and his friends are all about how women look or how they can get laid by them. The book is awash in stereotypes. Misogyny might be taking it too far but its certainly something that needs to be thought about. The strongest female character in the book helps Bill acquire power and keeps him from getting killed and his attitude is one of entitlement. "What more will she do for me?". They even make fun of it, Bill assumes that the female lead was a stripper because she’s beautiful (in this book you can’t be pretty and not be a stripper or hooker). She takes offense and begins to tell him that she was pursuing her PHD before she was turned. Then while Bill is trying to come up with an apology she tells him she’s kidding and that she really was a stripper.
Im bothered by the message that books like this send. We have enough problems attracting women and girls into technology related fields without encouraging and promoting a flat out hostile environment. Its such a huge part of the story that its hard to ignore. Its one comment after another.
Now for rest of the book.. I like that Bill is snarky. He’s the kind of guy that id like to be if I was getting the crap kicked out me. Rather than whining about how painful a steel toed boot to the head is Id have a quick come back that would make the beating worth it. Thats kinda how Bill is. I laughed a bit at some of his quips listening to the book. I also like that Bill can’t keep his mouth shut about being a vampire. All his friends know and its cool that they don’t freak out about it and help him keep his secret. The narrator has a good voice for Bill as well.
A question I ask. Is this book worth listening to if the result is that it violates my own since of ethics? I donno, for now I’m going to assume that Bill is going to learn and grow. Im hopeful that he will change. As for my recommendation. There are plenty of books with awesome snarky characters out there I can recommend that don’t treat women as the next lap dancer. Look at the “Dresden Files”, or “IronDruid”, or the “Greywalker series”. They have great female characters and any of those books will be enjoyable and without the possible misogyny you’ll get here.
For me the best aspect of the story is the twist on the lore. The least interesting aspect is the way Bill kinda BS's his way through much of the story.
None, as I would probably be on the menu.
Fun book. Not the best new vampire story, Bill is too mediocre in personality, but better than most the romance novels disquised as fantasy out now.
This book is Ready Player One meets Sandman Slim. A bit goofy with healthy heaps of vulgarity and violence. Each book in this series has been even more fun than the last. If you don't like this series, you're a pretentious bore.
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