Bill the Vampire/The Tome of Bill – Audiobook
By – Rick Gualtieri
Narrated by – Christopher John Fetherolf
Holy crap, talk about a wild ride. I half expected Mr. Toad to show up, completely kitted out in a driving outfit to join me for the second half of this book. I loved this story. Long-winded explanations and terrible one-liner jokes aside, this was a very fresh read.
Taking on the role of a big bad vampire, computer programmer Bill is catfished into joining a group of vampires for the evening under the guise of “a wild party in Soho”. For anyone not of the tri-state area (having grown up in cape may county myself) Soho, is such a trashy gentrified neighborhood. Or as Bill would call it “where the hipsters go to die”. That’s a pretty good summary actually.
Bill and his two roommates; Ed and Tom eventually start to find out the limits in both strengths and weaknesses for Bill’s new abilities, which generally lead to a mishap and some crazy pop-culture reference. Just wait until you find out about “acts of faith” that one made me laugh.
The real kicker to this story for both positive and negatives are the narration. At first, it took me a while to get into Fetherolf’s voice. It is distinct, to say the least. Eventually, I just put the book on, went to make a sandwich and came back. During that couple of minutes, the whole thing exploded and clicked for me. What a brilliant narrator. There were a couple word trip-ups and mispronunciation which I’ll dock points for. That’s about it for the negatives, however.
One thing I love about this series is the fact that Gualtieri has decided to chop up books 1-4 then 5-8 as an omnibus. That means you get the whole story for two small payments. With the first collection running over 35 hours and the second over 55 you’re getting your money’s worth. Not to mention that’s almost 100 hours of Seinfeld meets True Blood. Who couldn’t watch 100 episodes of that?
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