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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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    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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    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.


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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 09-10-12
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 09-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't Finish... loved Abe Lincoln"

    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.

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    Ronald 08-20-12
    Ronald 08-20-12
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    "As good as Vampire Hunter"
    Where does Unholy Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the whole thing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Battling with corpses in the valley.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and wowed at the connections between the original Bible story and Seth's reinvention/reconstruction of same.


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    charlie 07-17-12
    charlie 07-17-12
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    "Fast paced twist on history"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like to hear different points on history even if they are face or fiction.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked that it was a play on the bible stoy but thought it was a little cheeky in the ending.


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

    He was good.


    Do you think Unholy Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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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    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 07-17-12
    Roy J. Meek Louisville, KY. USA 07-17-12 Member Since 2010

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    If you could sum up Unholy Night in three words, what would they be?

    Supernatural Historical Adventure


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

    In some ways it has much in common with Ben Hur or The Robe. The book certainly has a christian viewpoint. It reminds me of the Indiana Jones movies too. It has the adventurous feel of Indiana Jones, but is set during the Biblical time frame.


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

    I was intrigued by the young Pilite; there is another story there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would not call my reaction extreme. It was often humerous and had a nice flow.


    Any additional comments?

    This was not as good as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, but was still a good book and the narrator does a good job.

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    Chad 06-21-12
    Chad 06-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It was just ok"

    I LOVED Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter so much!! I guess I expected more supernatural or zombies or something crazy in the book. I was bummed it wasn't more like Seth's other books. But I did appreciate how he was able to weave all through the story of Jesus and his family's flight to Egypt and there wasn't a trace of ireverenace! That took some skill and was masterfully done.

    i want to give it 5 stars but when you compare it to Zombies and Vampire Hunter, I just can't do it.

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    matthew plymouth, in, United States 06-17-12
    matthew plymouth, in, United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of the author anyway, so it should come as no surprise that I considered the story to be fantastic. Though a work of fiction, it was very well researched and based in factual biblical and canonical stories and references - a neat touch. You learned to love the unlovable character who was stuck in circumstances beyond his control. I'd recommend it to anyone, but keep an eye out for the younger readers - it's rather gory at times.

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