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Krampus Audiobook

Krampus: The Yule Lord

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Publisher's Summary

Santa Claus, my dear old friend, you are a thief, a traitor, a slanderer, a murderer, a liar, but worst of all you are a mockery of everything for which I stood. You have sung your last ho, ho, ho, for I am coming for your head.... I am coming to take back what is mine, to take back Yuletide....
—from Krampus

The author and artist of The Child Thief returns with a modern fabulist tale of Krampus, the Lord of Yule and the dark enemy of Santa Claus.

One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus. But the lines between good and evil become blurred as Jesse's new master reveals many dark secrets about the cherry-cheeked Santa Claus, including how half a millennium ago the jolly old saint imprisoned Krampus and usurped his magic.

Now Santa's time is running short, for the Yule Lord is determined to have his retribution and reclaim Yuletide. If Jesse can survive this ancient feud, he might have the chance to redeem himself in his family's eyes, to save his own broken dreams... and to help bring the magic of Yule to the impoverished folk of Boone County.

©2012 Gerald Brom (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "I thoroughly enjoyed Krampus!"

    This is my favorite Brom tale so far, you will yourself loving Krampus, rooting for him. Narrator did a wonderful job bringing all the characters to life as well. Great Listen, I Definitely recommend!!!

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    Ashley 07-07-17
    Ashley 07-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Santa is crazy!"

    So suspenseful! The characters are fantastic! Weak females, NOPE! Loved every second. I got my husband hooked and we finished this book together. Husband said "Narration, bar none".

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    Lisa 07-03-17
    Lisa 07-03-17
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    "Good story"

    I've been a fan of Brom since I was a teenager, he always spins an excellent and compelling story, albeit somewhat stereotypical. Encouraged for anyone who is a fan of dark modern fantasy steeped in well researched mythology.

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    Andrew McD 06-29-17
    Andrew McD 06-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Book, Amazing author!!!!!"

    I got turned on to Broms books by listening to Lost God's. And what an epic fantasy novel that turned out to be. And with Krampus, you get much of the same. Funny, witty, informative, well paced, and just a darn good time! Totally worth a credit, or the 20ish bucks it is to buy. You will not be disappointed

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    Zakery Tippins 06-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An excellent dark fairy tale"

    Brom excels at retelling classic fairytales in new and interesting ways. People who liked this should read child thief.

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    Yolanda S. Bean Chicago, IL 04-21-17
    Yolanda S. Bean Chicago, IL 04-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday read! While definitely darker than my last two Christmas-themed reads, I think that this one is my favorite of the month so far! As the afterword confirms, Brom really investigated the histories of the myths of both the titular Krampus as well as Santa Claus for this novel. And he ties everything together in a very fresh way - with just hints at other aspects to the myths and more overt depictions in other angles. I like tying everything here together with Norse mythology - there is just not enough Norse mythology in fiction!!

    Other things are included here, too - like weaving the Dutch Christmas traditions (Santa's residence in Spain and even the varying number of the Belsnickels). I really loved the Belsnickels and their relationship - almost vampirelike - to Krampus here. And then to put so much of the action in Boone County in the Appalachian Mountains was just really terrific. All of these elements and more combined to make a truly wonderful read!

    I have both the Audible and Kindle version. The Kindle includes pictures, which is exciting, but the Audible version by far won out for me due to the impressive performance of the narrator. His range really made me prefer to just listen -despite my curiosity over the pictures that I was missing. The plot is certainly exciting and action-packed, but more than that, it was the terrific characters that made this so much fun. I was utterly charmed by the "great and terrible" Yule Lord and Jesse's character was just great, too! I am really excited that I already own Brom's rendition of Peter Pan and am really excited to check out more audiobooks by this narrator! Even though this was over sixteen hours long, I just didn't want it to end!!

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    Stephanie 04-05-17
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    "Wonderful story...A true page turner!"

    This was by far the best book I've purchased... I truly enjoyed the story and the narrator.

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    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 03-09-17
    Jazzi Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 03-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "As good as horror fiction gets!"
    If you could sum up Krampus in three words, what would they be?

    A-Ma-Zing!


    Any additional comments?

    Horror has become such a taudry formulaic genre. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm reading a Sci-Fi Channel original movie script reject with some of these stories. Krampus is a very exciting, off the beaten path, kind of horror story that is as much action and suspense as it is horror. Bravo, Brom!

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    April 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Great story, would like to see this done as a movie! Narration was great too. This is my 2nd book by Brom and both were great, looking forward to more from this author!

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    derek 01-24-17
    derek 01-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting tale of winter"

    I found Krampus to be a very original and eye opening experience that was fun the ride. I've only recently heard about Krampus and never read anything about the origins so I truly enjoyed myself with this one. It might have had its slow moments but it was truly amazing overall. moments in the book I actually noticed myself captivated by the writing and wholeheartedly drawn into the story. Krampus might seem like a silly children story but I can attest that its well worth the read

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