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Unholy Night Audiobook

Unholy Night

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Spaceman Stan Bangalore, India 02-29-16
    Spaceman Stan Bangalore, India 02-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Unleashed the Holy Wrath of the 3 Wise Men"
    What did you love best about Unholy Night?

    The protagonist was well written, his cause just and worthy opponents to fight against. Worthy of every single minute in anticipation to what would he do next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was set at a per-ordained time in history and gave a large measure of fiction which I am likely to believe that it could have happened that way.


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

    He did a great job on the performance


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    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-25-16
    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-25-16

    Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.

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    ""Wise guy" swashbuckles Judea; Jesus supervises."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is only good for escapist entertainment. And even then, there are better choices. So .... no.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    He is a good character-reader. Meaning I would listen to him read something with extravagant characters. He voiced Herod in an over-the-top fashion and I can't decide if that was a good thing or if it made the story sillier than it should have been. Thinking back on it, I'm not sure he had a choice. The character is written as a depraved, raving lunatic. Yeah. I'd give Berkrot another shot.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It feels like it was written to be filmed, actually. And no, I wouldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    Unholy Night is basically a sword-and-sorcery (or maybe a swashbuckling) version of the story of the three wise men (not wise men at all, BTW) who attended Christ's birth. From the book blurb I expected something a bit more historical and a bit more irreverent, but the story contains very few historical detail and actually treats the source material with a good deal of respect (which is certainly fine with me). It wasn't a bad yarn, and had flashes of solid/poignant writing, but overall it was just kind of a pot-boiler adventure. Not a lot of food for thought.

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    Danny 02-09-15
    Danny 02-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I like it better this way."

    Jesus birth was always spectacular. now it is visceral and gritty. the best thing since the good book.

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    Maxi-Madelynn Wood 01-08-15
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    "Awesome Experience!"

    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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    Patricia 12-04-14
    Patricia 12-04-14

    Writing reviews is work. Therefore, I need to be really happy or really unhappy with a book to write one.

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    "Great cover and it goes downhill from there"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great listen!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed a completely different idea of creating a back ground story for the three wise men.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lyndon Skjaveland 05-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great twist ..."
    Would you listen to Unholy Night again? Why?

    Yes .. I will listen to it again... Loved it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Herod... Miserable little Cretan.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Chanaya La Porte, IN, United States 05-12-13
    Chanaya La Porte, IN, United States 05-12-13 Member Since 2001

    "This must be Thursday...I never could get the hang of Thursdays." -- Douglas Adams

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    "What Holiday Fun!"

    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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    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 04-20-13
    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 04-20-13

    I'm an illustrator/concept artist currently living about an hour away from town via public transport. During these times, audiobooks, radioplays and podcasts are my best friends.

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    "More!"

    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.

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    Addy United States 12-20-12
    Addy United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story if You Have Time to Kill"
    What did you like best about Unholy Night? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you recommend Unholy Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    Maybe. His voice is nice to listen to and he annunciates clearly, but he doesn't really do voices.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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