Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith, Author, Scott Holst, Read by
Seth Grahame-Smith, read by Scott Holst, Hachette Audio, unabridged, nine CDs, 10 hrs., $26.98 ISBN 978-1-60788-173-5
Reviewed on: 06/28/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
In Grahame-Smith's campy and bloody revisionist history, Abraham Lincoln's greatest accomplishment wasn't his rise to the presidency or the emancipation of millions of slaves: it was his heroic slaying of vampires far and wide. Lincoln is a man possessed, having lost his mother to a vampire and vowing early on to avenge her. As mindless and light fun as the story is, Scott Holst's narration is wrought with phony dialects, misdirected vocal shifts, and clich├ęd interpretations of historical figures, the least of which is surely Lincoln himself. Holst's voice shifts from a solid pitch-perfect, steady-paced tone to a shticky and forced Midwestern drawl. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 11). (Apr.)
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