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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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    Bill Ellerman 05-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Listen"
    Would you listen to Unholy Night again? Why?

    No. Not because it was bad. I listen and move to the next audiobook.


    What other book might you compare Unholy Night to and why?

    THe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I could not tell where they were leading. Too many books reveal the end before you are halfway through; these were fresh and insteresting.


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

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Balthazar's pragmatism through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 05-29-17
    Joseph 05-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Disappointed..."

    After reading other Seth Grahame-Smith books, this was not what was expected and appreciated. Complete 180 from other materials.

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    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17
    Cathryn Perth, Australia 05-24-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Weird but I liked it."

    Imagine one of the three wise men as a petty crook who from his point of view just happened to crash the nativity by accident. A rollercoaster ride book about a shady little guy trying to kerp ahead of the game. All he can see is surviving the day, no time for the big picture, but the big picture is coming for him, like it or not. I found this a really enjoyable adventure about redemption, faith and the hero in us all.

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    F. Delaney 01-04-17
    F. Delaney 01-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another take on the Birth of Jesus"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Along the lines of Abe the vampire slayer, this tells a story of Balthazar on of the three Kings. Good story with a little violence in to spice things up


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    Book Addict CA United States 04-24-16
    Book Addict CA United States 04-24-16

    Paranormal Reader

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    "Holy night, Batman!"

    This is one of the best retellings of the nativity that I've read. Grahame-Smith is careful not to denigrate the biblical story (except where the magi are concerned), bringing the story to life in a way the Bible does not. I didn't read it expecting it to reaffirm Christianity (I read it hoping for zombies), so I'm surprised how carefully he manages to keep the original story there and add his own elements to liven and provide emotion to the narrative.

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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 02-25-16
    Troy 02-25-16

    "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” -- Somerset Maugham

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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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    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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