The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

April 20th, 2015 Kimberly Review 63 Comments

20th Apr
The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Last American Vampire
by Seth Grahame-Smith
Series: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter #2
Published by: Hachette
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews
Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

New York Times bestselling author Seth Grahame-Smith returns with the follow-up to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -a sweeping, alternate history of 20th Century America as seen through the eyes of vampire Henry Sturges.THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE. In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash. Along the way, Henry goes on the road in a Kerouac-influenced trip as Seth Grahame-Smith ingeniously weaves vampire history through Russia's October Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and the JFK assassination. Expansive in scope and serious in execution, THE LAST AMERICAN VAMPIRE is sure to appeal to the passionate readers who made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a runaway success.

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith is a follow up to his wildly successful Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel. I chose to listen as soon as I saw MacLeod Andrews was narrating. This was a riveting alternate travel through history  and my travels with Henry Sturges were absolutely delightful.

Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to The Last American Vampire

  • I love history and Grahame-Smith weaves vampires into some of the biggest events in history from the folks who disappeared at Roanoke to JFK’s assassination. He takes us to London, with Jack the Ripper and introduces us to Tesla, Edison and Mark Twain. It was riveting from his re-telling of the Hindenburg crash to visiting Teddy Roosevelt in the White House.
  • The tale is relayed through Henry Sturges the Vampire who hunted with Abe Lincoln. We get a full account of his life as a vampire and his patronage to America. Henry is a likable character and quite noble for a vampire. His friendships, interactions and the path he blazed had me spellbound.
  • While Grahame-Smith twists our history to include vampire involvement he did so in such a way that it felt realistic, even dare I say plausible. I love when the lines of reality and fiction blur and he does so seamlessly. Think of this as a memoir of Sturges life with twists, turns, loss and love. At 400 pages/15 hours of audio both my husband and I were never bored. It was broken up into events and stories with an overall threat that kept us both engaged.
  • MacLeod Andrews narrates and he has quickly become one of my favorite narrators. From voices to his tone, he adds another level of enjoyment to listening that heightens my reading experience. We came across many characters and I was amazed at his ability to give them each voice and accentuate their personalities through pitch.
  • Grahame-Smith’s imagination, writing style and ability to tell a tall tale made the Last American Vampire a story I will long remember. I became attached to the characters and caught up in the overall plot.

My hubby and I listened to the complete disc set as we traveled for vacation and both of us enjoyed Grahame-Smith’s retelling of American history in the Last American Vampire.

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About Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg) is an American author, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times’ best seller list. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.

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63 Responses to “The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you try it, the audio is amazing and perfect for walking:)

  1. Lupdilup

    OMG! Kimberly I listened to the first book a long time ago! I had no idea the second book was out, I love this narrator, more than the one in the first book. …On my list it goes 🙂 I’ll be listening soon you can bet !

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I love the narrator too Loupe, even my hubby got into it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe..agreed he could make a manual on transmissions sound dreamy

  2. Silvia

    I’m glad you and your husband had such a delightful time with this audiobook (and the trip, of course!). Although I still have to read it, I have the paperback of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter but honestly had no idea there was a sequel out!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series is fun and different. I have had a blast with it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like the blending too, especially since the events are so familiar to us already and then he offers an alternate course of events

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Audio is the way to go…its like a movie in your ears!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      He has quite the imagination and I connected with the characters.

  3. Ramona

    I want to listen to this right NOW! It’s got history and vampires – I mean, it doesn’t get any better than this. Not to mention, a great narrator, which is so important for an audiobook… Thanks, Kimba, for introducing me to another book, which I’ve no doubt I’ll end up loving completely. You’re awesome 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate was such fun. I love just about anything Andrews narrates.

  4. Katherine

    I had seen the cover (and thought it pretty awesome) but didn’t realize this was connected with Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter or that there was so much history woven into the story. That intrigues me where a regular vampire book wouldn’t. I’ll have to look for this – especially in audio.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, and while the are part of a series either will work as a standalone.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right..he does narration so well. I have switched to audio for some of series just because he is narrating..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      My hubby watched the movie so he quickly got into this one.

  5. Angie

    Glad to hear that this book was great!!! I like how he twists history. It’s so cool actually. I enjoyed the Lincoln novel a lot so I know I would like one too.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too Angie..and that little twist makes it cool

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I didn’t grasp that from his work but understand when books strike a nerve. Thanks Erin

      • Erin O'Riordan

        It’s a pattern I’ve been noticing in his work: the female character tends to be some kind of evil creature who’s violently killed off when the male protagonist’s storyline requires her to be. I really liked ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ but ever since then it’s been too much prejudice and too little pride for Grahame Smith’s female characters.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh you must try Andrews on audio..he rocks as a narrator. I look for books with him narrating..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes he takes actually events and weaves paranormal elements into it

  6. Bookworm Brandee

    I read Grahame-Smith’s Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and admit to enjoying it. 🙂 I’d always wanted to pick up Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter but just hadn’t taken the time. You’ve given me many reasons to pick it up and this one as well. I love alternate histories and I think adding vampires into the mix is great. I like your idea of approaching this as a memoir. 🙂 Great review, Kimba! I’m glad you and your husband enjoyed it!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I haven’t tried that book, but did love Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

  7. Karen Blue

    I really enjoyed this book, I am glad you did too! I didn’t read the first book, but maybe one day I will. I found this to be a good stand-alone anyways. The narrator is great, i listened to the sound bite. I need it to be faster though, my mind wanders at that speed. Great review!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      They work well as standalone which was cool, I hope you go back though. You can adjust the speed of the narration. For me it depends on the narrator some I speed up, others i keep at lowest setting

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..he keeps to the facts and then weaves in plausible vampire involvement.