Audiobook Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Posted May 14, 2012 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Release Date: March 2, 2010
Buy: B&N, Audible
Source: Bought on Audible

Goodreads Blurb: Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”

“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

This was my first experience listening to an audiobook.  I figured I’d give it a shot since I have so many wedding things going on, and I’d be able to listen while working on them.  I’m so glad i did.
The narrator, Scott Holst, did an amazing job throughout this book.  I never got bored or wanted to turn it off.  He made me feel like I was being transported to the 1800’s to follow Abe’s journey.
This book has made me a fan of historical fiction.  Some scenes were kind of freaky, and I’d look around to make sure there weren’t any black eyes watching me.  The events in the book were very precise, and there weren’t any discrepancies that I could find.  It was also a recap of of my high school history classes.
At times it was hard to keep up with the story due to all the dates and going back and forth between years.  It didn’t completely confuse me, but I had to pay more attention when dates were mentioned.
I’d wanted to read this book for a very long time, and figured I needed to make it soon since the movie is coming out.  I’m glad I did.  I can’t wait to see how the book is portrayed on the big screen.
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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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