Count Alucard, the last surviving member of a long line of Transylvanian vampires, is on the run again - this time from the villagers of Little Lechfield.
He dreams of America, a land where he can be judged for what he is, not by the actions of his parents and grandparents. Then fate intervenes in the shape of a Hollywood film producer and Alucard embarks on a series of hilarious escapades along the length and breadth of the USA...
Another fabulous adventure starring vegetarian vampire Count Alucard from bestselling author Willis Hall.
©1993 Willis Hall (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
SuseADoodle - "Audiobook Addict!" - Please disregard my "guided" reviews since it appears that a lot of what I wrote has been chopped off.
Not being able to find a list of Hall's Vampire books that shows the order of the stories, I had started with "The Vampire's Christmas." I enjoyed that book very much. Audible has only one other of Hall's Vampire novels and this is it. I'm not sure whether there are four, five or six novels in the series (looking at a list of Hall novels at Amazon -- not all had book descriptions).
Anyhow, the two audiobooks available here at Audible have different narrators. I liked the voice chosen for "The Vampire's Christmas" better than the one used here. The Brits have definite ideas of what American's sound like -- Chicago bootleggers of the 1920s, Boston Italians, or New York City Jewish Princesses and their moms. (No ethnic slurs intended here -- it is just these are the stereotypical voices used in the majority of British books that involve characters from the USA.) Here the New York accent is just too much ...
Also, call me a prude or something but I was shocked to hear some of the language that was used in a supposed children's book -- like damn and hell. Not generally accepted words in books for a younger audience. May be okay in a YA book but not a middle grade book (if that is what this is supposed to be). I assumed the Vampire books by Willis Hall are intended for a middle grade audience because of Henry Hollins who features in "The Vampire's Christmas" and a few other Vampire books. Henry does not appear in this story so I am not really sure of the intended audience (except that the publisher of the hardcover edition is Bodley Head Children's Books) ...
Still a fun story. Maybe not as fun as "The Vampire's Christmas." But still a fun listen.
One tiny production error -- toward the end of the book, two characters are said to be in Pennsylvania when they are in fact in Transylvania. ** sigh **
I wish Audible had the other books. A few are available as cassettes tapes at Amazon, but I really prefer the digital audiobooks better (besides it is getting harder to find cassette players!)
Final analysis -- "The Vampire's Christmas" is a better book, but this one is okay.
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