Book Review: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

After the fun that was reading Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, I thought Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter would be a hoot.  I was very excited to read it.  Couldn’t wait.  So when a review copy of the audio book landed in my lap, I almost immediately stuck it in the CD player in my van and got caught up in Abraham Lincoln’s childhood almost immediately.

The book reads almost like a textbook, real parts of Abraham’s “real life” filled with quotes from Abe’s “Vampire Journal” interspersed throughout.  The book starts with Abe around the time his mother died, leads up through his romances with Anne Rutledge, through to Mary Todd and their marriage and life together, and into his presidency and the Civil War.  Of course, vampires figure heavily into his life throughout.  Abe’s real life was nothing short of fascinating.  The vampire parts, while cool at first, were…well, I got tired of it pretty quick.  Honestly, I think I’m burned out on vampires and will be taking an extended vacation from reading them.

However, I am now desperate to get my hands on a copy Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals!  I never knew Abe Lincoln was so fascinating!  I mean really, the man nothing short of amazing and so important to our nation’s history.  I minored in history, so just about anything about the past fascinates me anyway, plus my grandmother was obsessed with the presidents.  She would have loved to read DKG’s book.  I shall get it and think of her.

Voice actor/actor Scott Holst was a great reader for this.  As far as I can tell, it’s his first audio book and I certainly hope it’s not his last.  His shifts in voice for different characters were subtle, but well done.  His voice IS Abraham Lincoln for me now.  I thought he did a fantastic job and I’ll be looking for more from him.

As for AL, VH, my recommendation is this.  If you like vampires and history and Abraham Lincoln, I think you will really enjoy this.  I think if you like vampires, you’ll probably like it.  If you are tired of vampires like me, you may not like it at all.  I enjoyed it for the most part, but I’m not crazy about it.  If I had to give it a rating, I would say 3.5 out of 5 stars.  Love the history, love the Abe, but alas, the vampires, not so much.

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Seth Grahame-Smith
Read by Scott Holst
Category: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Published by: Hachette Audio
Format: Audio book
On Sale: March 02, 2010
ISBN: 9781607881735
A big thanks to Hachette Audio for provided a review copy of this audio book.
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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

  1. Well you've inspired to maybe, just maybe take a look for a Lincoln bio, but I have to say that I have very little interest in these sort of books. They just seem to be churned out at the moment and while it is an interesting premise, I just have the feeling that they aren't executed all that well.

    But there I go, prejudging a book without even looking at its cover 😉

  2. I'm still on the fence about this one. I LOVE Abraham Lincoln and American History so I know that I'll inevitably enjoy those parts of the book, but I'm not so sure about the vampires. I'm not sure that I'm necessarily tired of vampires of over them in any way, but I'm just not sure if I'll like having them intermixed with a historical figure that I respect so much. Still, every time I'm in a book store, I find myself gravitating toward this book.

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