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There are reasons the undead fear the night...

Bill Ryder - gamer, geek, and legendary vampire - has woman troubles. The girl he wants is deadly to him. The girl who wants him is deadly to everyone else. He's trapped in the most lethal love triangle he can imagine and it's only going to get worse.

On the eve of war, The Icon - ancient foe of the vampire race - has arisen. Panic is about to break out within the undead ranks and Bill is caught smack dab in the middle of it. Destiny has placed them on a cataclysmic collision course, but there's just one small catch: he's in love with her.

Now he finds himself in a race against supernatural assassins to save the person who's fated to destroy him. Talk about being damned if you do...

Unsure of his allies and outnumbered by enemies, Bill must dig deep within himself and find the faith to succeed - because if he fails, it'll be more than just his social life in tatters.

©2013 Rick Gualtieri (P)2013 Rick Gualtieri

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 09-09-13

Bill is starting to grow up, but just a little...

Would you listen to Holier Than Thou (The Tome of Bill) again? Why?

I would listen to this book again. This is mainly because it seems to be a bridge book for future novels. The character's are being developed a bit more which is good. The humor is fun, but you can't carry a series on the strength of that alone.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Holier Than Thou (The Tome of Bill)?

Anything with Gann. That character cracks me up.

What does Christopher John Fetherolf bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He doesn't have a great range of voices but he nails the main character dead on. I couldn't imagine anyone else reading this series atthis point.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but that was because I listened to the other three books back-to-back.

Any additional comments?

This book is a bit different from the others, but is a good read and seems to be developing the series for the future.

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It's ok.

The story is ok but the characters don't take anything g seriously until it's almost too late. They lack intelligence and planning. I pointed out several plot points way before they happened and at times it was almost painful to listen to parts that you just don't care about.

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Great story, mediocre narrator

I'm on the 5th book of the Tome of Bill series, and it's a great story. Funny, relatively believable, and full of action. The narrator (Fetherolf), however, could really use some help. Specifically, he has no idea how to pronounce 10% of the words in any of these books. Not particularly obscure words, either: "caste" and "penchant", for instance. It's not like these books are recorded alone in a basement . . . where was the rest of the crew?
Also, I noticed a few editing gaps in this book; the narrator would do a second take on a sentence, but they never edited the first take out. Not a big deal, but a little unprofessional.
Overall, the narration is decent, and the mispronunciation is annoying, but not enough to ruin the story for me. Just be forewarned.

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  • Dave
  • Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada
  • 07-27-13

Blood, Bombs, and Flying Body Parts

The latest installment of the Tome of Bill continues to raise the bar for how much crap can be dumped on a poor geeky vampire. As a result, it's a good thing Bill doesn't have to breath because there isn't a snorkel long enough. Explosions have Bill dancing as fast as he can as he tries to stay undead for another day. Just when you figure there isn't anyone Bill hasn't driven to want him dead, his ultimate wedgie of bad luck and super anti-personnel powers manage to identify the few beings left on the planet that don't want to "Kill Bill" and alienates them. The World wants Bill and it wants him dead, really dead; like Monty Python Parrot dead.

This is a fast paced, action packed ireverent romp tripping the vampire geek-tastic. Bill's SMALL group of co-adventurers (friends would be stretching it in some cases), lead by Sally (a real femme fatale), navigate a world turned hostile where "safe house" seems to translate to "Ground Zero" for Bill. Bill's inner monologue and the witty banter between characters had me laughing out loud. It's got to be funny to get me to laugh out loud because people look at me strange when I do; but this book is funny and people did stare.

This tome ended on a cliff hanger so there has to be another one coming and I can't wait. Maybe the next one will have some characters dressed in red to clear things up a bit.

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Robert's review

This is a great series!!! A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR COLLECTION. The narrative is superb. GET THIS SERIES.

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Still great series & looking forward to next book

Most books like this in a series I get bored with but I am still thoroughly enjoying this series and find myself looking forward to reading the next book in series. Still funny, witty, full of gore, action, and horror. Although some scenes predictable I find there are still twists and turns I did not forsee. I love thrillers, mystery, and realistic really scare or at least creep you out books. But I also like to explore genre's and if a book is written well and tells a good story I can enjoy any genre. The only one I truly avoid is romance. This series suprised me, especially as much as I have enjoyed it and the humor. I really enjoy this author and have liked every book of his I have read so far (that is high high praise) and that is why I decided to try this series even though I was extremely unsure going in. Glad I did and was a pleasant suprise. Still new twists and especially enjoyed how this book ended.

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  • Eugenia
  • Chatsworth, CA, US
  • 02-26-17

Not The Best of Series, But Enjoyable

I'm definitely continuing with the Bill series, just that this one was not as exciting, well-written or as humorous as the previous ones.
Bill is a terrific character and his manner, his expressions and his hilarious sarcasm totally win me over. His vampire buddies are okay, but I really have liked his roommates of which there are less of in this book.
So much of the story and characters absolutely come alive, if you will, by Fetherolf's perfect narration.

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he said he was busy

the 2nd half was messy and the ending was missing .he said he was "absolutely swamped with projects, " he didn't have time for the book. they should have given him more time.

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This series just keeps getting better...

I won't lie-after everything that happened in this book, I really want to see the next one. Especially after that ending...

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LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Holier Than Thou (The Tome of Bill) to be better than the print version?

Both are great, but listening to this series is defiantly more fun! Simply because the narrator, Christopher John Fetherolf, is very good at pulling off the sarcasm and wit that the author, Rick Gualtieri is so great at writing.

What other book might you compare Holier Than Thou (The Tome of Bill) to and why?

Of course I would compare Holier Than Thou to all the other books in The Tome of Bill series. I haven't had the pleasure of finding another book that I would compare this series to. I've read other series that I have enjoyed completely that would fall under 'dark comedy' like the Sandman Slim series. But nothing as light and fun as this series

Have you listened to any of Christopher John Fetherolf’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've only listened the Christopher John Fetherolf as the narrator to all of The Tome of Bill series. Each book's performance as narrator was fantastic!

Any additional comments?

A MUST READ IF YOU LOVE FUNNY AND DIFFERENT!

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  • Mr. Robert J. McFarlane
  • 02-11-17

I think I paid for this book twice.

Bill is the jar jar binks of vampires, But the story is compelling. My hatred of the charicter Tom also keeps me listening. Having listened to almost the entire series. I cannot recomend it, yet I wait for his latest book with a glazed look in my eyes.

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  • Bracore
  • 06-01-16

Quality

Continuing the series in style, excellent characters with a gripping story arch through out, Adult themes, quality series, add to your read / listen list