From the author of the New York Times best-selling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter comes Unholy Night, the next evolution in dark historical revisionism.
They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.
In Grahame-Smith's telling, the so-called "Three Wise Men" are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod's prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary, and their infant. But when Herod's men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.
It's the beginning of an adventure that will see them fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament; cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist; and finally deliver them to Egypt. It may just be the greatest story never told.
©2012 Seth Grahame-Smith (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I love this story. The actor brought each character to life and helped me to fall in love with each of them...except Herod, Pontius Pilot, and the whole Roman Empire of course!
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Check out the One Star Amazon reviews before deciding to buy this. They say almost everything I had planned to say, and say it better. I'd only like to add that I enjoyed P&P w/ Zombies and S&S with Sea Monsters but there is a great deal of difference between gratuitous violence on imaginary, or at any rate literary, figures, and actual people. I was hoping for a good alternate Christmas story, but this isn't it. If you are looking for one, check out Christopher Moore's "Stupidest Angel". He's got zombies too, but in a far more entertaining context. Or Terry Pratchett's "Hogfather" which has a department store scene as good as the one in the Christmas Story movie.
I enjoyed a completely different idea of creating a back ground story for the three wise men.
This is a hard question to answer. Peter Berkrot does an amazing job with all the different characters voices: men, women, children, and even different accents.
I've listened to this audio book 2 times....once before going to Israel and once just after coming back from a vacation in Israel. It is amazing how much Seth Grahame-Smith captures the terrain of Israel.
Yes .. I will listen to it again... Loved it!
Herod... Miserable little Cretan.
Just a wonderful story . A twist that doesn't diminish the integrity of the original story.
Thank you for this book!
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While at times, it was a bit gorier than I'm used to, it was still a lot of fun! The characters are well-written and well-narrated, and the plot is a great twist on a very old story. Overall, I'm really glad that I listened to it, and it just might become a new holiday favorite of mine!
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It is an art to weave a new quilt of quality from fine old threads. I never thought Seth Grahame-Smith could outdo himself with his work on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but it seems he ain't a one-hit wonder. He has a knack for retelling stories in a whole different light. Although I grew up knowing the story of the new testament, I often found myself googling to double check some facts. There is something about the way he crafts the twist to an old story. I certainly look forward to more of his work.
It's a decent story and even though it goes kind of slow there are some surprises. It's kind of dark and that overshadowed the amusing characters for me. It's the kind of audiobook I listen to while I'm doing laundry or something.
No, if there's a series or author you really love then save your credits. If you're looking for something new and/or random (which is why I bought it) then I think you can do better.
Maybe. His voice is nice to listen to and he annunciates clearly, but he doesn't really do voices.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
I was excited to get a new work from Smith because I loved Lincoln when it first came out and I kept up with his interviews and blurbs to see when his next release would be available. Well, now that I have it, I don't think I can finish it. The items that made Lincoln so good seem to be missing here, i.e. historical facts that can be followed online as you read, a main character with depth, sci-fi, etc. And the environment also seems to have some constricting element do to being biblical history. I think the concept is neat and it did interest me, but I hate to say that I don't feel Smith pulled this one off.
In the top 5. I started listening to Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter on a road trip with my wife. We took it in to the room with us and continued the story. It was the same with Unholy Night.
I liked the whole thing.
Battling with corpses in the valley.
I laughed and wowed at the connections between the original Bible story and Seth's reinvention/reconstruction of same.
Yes. I like to hear different points on history even if they are face or fiction.
I liked that it was a play on the bible stoy but thought it was a little cheeky in the ending.
He was good.
No I believe it was a good one off. They could take on other bible story's but with different actors.
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