Audiobook Review: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1) by Drew Hayes
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.
I’m trying to remember how I stumbled upon this book. I’ve had it in my Audible library for a few months with every intention of listening to it, but other books kept getting ahead of it. I can tell you that it was the title that caught my eye. I mean, how does that not catch you eye? It is an extremely long title and then when you read what it actually says, I just had to know more. I’m really glad that I finally took the time to listen to this book. I’ve already purchased the second book in this series. I will be tackling it very soon.
This book is told from the first person POV of Fred, the said vampire accountant. It is actually more like five short stories that are pulled together into one story. Since the stories are told in chronological order and without a large amount of time between each story, it still feels like a full story.
A Vampire Reunion
Here Fred decides to go back to his high school reunion. Not something that is fun for the nerds and outcasts of high school. However, Fred runs into another outcast that he was friends with while in school, Crystal. Oh, and there is a group of werewolves who want to turn the reunion into an all you can eat buffet.
A Zombie at the LARP
Crystal and Fred are now dating, but Crystal has to do some work stuff before their date. She has to check out this LARP (Live-Action Role Playing game) where some bad stuff is supposed to go down. Crystal works for a government agency that polices supernaturals. This is where Fred picks up a new assistant in a zombie who needs a job or will be put back in the ground.
A Weresteed at the Slots
Crystal get called into to help an old friend only that is pretty much an impossible task. Bubba is a weresteed (don’t call him a were-horse, he is a weresteed, even that has a bit of a twist to it. LOL). He has gambled himself into a very large debt. He wants to just say goodbye to Crystal. She then challenges for his debt. Things go from bad to worse. Fred rides in to save the day.
A Mage at the Park
Krystal is out on assignment and a mage friend needs help, so Fred, Bubba and Albert the zombie go on the search for a missing mage tutor. Not my favorite of the stories, but it did have a humorous ending.
A Monster in the Pews
Here we learn more about Krystal and her past. She has quite the past.
While I wasn’t a huge fan of the story being told in the short story format, they do all overlap very well. The side characters when pick up in one story move on to the next story, so they build on the previous story. While I also don’t find this series to be the funniest story I’ve ever read, I did enjoy my time with Fred and the gang. I really liked Bubba, though all the side characters were fun. Like I said above, I’ve already purchased the next book in the series.
This is my first book with Kirby Heyborne. I thought he did an okay job. I was not a big fan of his female voices, but I really enjoyed his male voices. Since this series really only has Krystal as it’s female character of significance so far, I don’t mind listening to it. If this was a book that had more female characters in it, I don’t think I would enjoy his narration as much.