Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one.
Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world: a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to "survive". Because even after it's over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.
©2014 Drew Hayes (P)2015 Tantor
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"Loved the title...but this was riveting..."
I almost didn't get this book. I listened to NPCs and found it clever and fun and that brought this one on my radar. The title sounded amusing, but it also sounded like one of those stories that would lag after the initial idea wore thin (a Vampire Accountant). But the author did a good job of continually adding a colorful cast that kept it fresh. Plus Fred the vampire stays true to his mild mannered roots and never loses his appeal. The author stays away from the temptation of turning Freddy into a badass and making him like every other vampire anti hero out there. If you have a sense of humor you will enjoy.
I thought I had had just about enough of vampires. I've been doing the vampires thing since the early 90's with White Wolf games, and Ann Rice novels. I thought I had seen it all, and I was surely not going to be sucked in again. No, not me. No one else was going to beat that undead horse on my dime. Then Drew Hayes released a damn vampire book.
On the strength of his other titles, I eventually gave in and got it. It's not my favorite Drew Hayes novel, but it might be my favorite vampire novel.
Fred is a great character, easily fun enough to excuse his being a vampire, and his scooby gang of friends expands with each tale, and they are all really cool. Each of them shows off that Drew Hayes knew what he was doing, sucking us in the most tired, cliche of the big ticket monsters and then blowing socks off with his interesting take on the rest of the supernatural zoo.
"Stories are great, not crazy about the format"
This book is deftly summed up by its title. The stories are pretty good. The premise is interesting, all the characters are great. There is also pretty good plot and character development despite one major flaw. This is essentially a collection of short stories in chronological order. This format is problematic because it interrupts the flow of the story. Additionally, you get a recap at the start of each story. This is the most annoying bit. Recaps are great when you waited a long time for the next installment to come out, but when you are listening to them consistently and consecutively, the recaps get a little tedious. Otherwise it's great. Despite this, I will probably pick up the next installment when it comes out on audible. It wasn't enough to turn me off completely. If the next one is like this, however, I may not continue. Kirby Heyborne is spot on in his narration, no problems there.
"A light, humorous detour through the paranormal"
Fred, the Vampire Accountant reads more like a collection of short stories, or perhaps it would be better compared to a television series. The characters are an interesting lovable bunch, and it plays like a series with everything wrapping up at the end of each tale, but with tidbits hinting at a long overarching story. I don't think it will ever win any awards for complexity, but Fred, the Vampire Accountant is a pleasant listen that will make you laugh. There seems to be plenty of set-up for a second volume, and I enjoyed this one enough to look forward to a sequel. As a final note, I will say Kirby Heyborne (the Narrator) seemed especially well suited for the main character.
"Just your friendly neighborhood bloodsucker"
We are given characters that are genuine, an original take on the urban fantasy and overall heartfelt stories.
Fred is fresh take on the cliche vampire badass. He might be a vampire but he is still a mild-mannered accountant. He is a coward and yet he still manages to brave when the chips are down.
This is a series of stories that introduces a new character in each story and each one is awesome!!!
From Krystal his high school best friend to his zombie assistant Albert to the werepony Bubba.
Drew Hayes has my deepest respect this is a fun easy listen that well worth your money or credit
I view this as brain candy- fluffy and silly, an enjoyable but unchallenging listen. It took an interesting spin on the supernatural genre in a very light hearted way. Great narration. My main complaint, as it has been for others, is the format of the book. It's really an amalgamation of short stories so there are these abrupt jumps in time and recounting of information that we literally just heard. Other than that, worthwhile if you want something completely on autopilot to entertainment. I listened to the whole thing through in about a day or so, though at 3x. Made my drives go quickly, which is an important factor for me personally.
Worth it if you have a credit to burn and nothing seems that appealing.
"Waiting for book 2"
This book is a series of novellas or short stories. That said, it has a different outlook for the supernatural world of vampires, weres and other creatures. I enjoyed this as it was amusing with a few morals hidden with in. Fred does a lot of growing and character development during the novel. The last story implies that there will be more in the future. I hope so. If your are looking for a fun book with interesting characters, check this one out. Kirby Heyborne's voice fits a nerdy accountant type very well.
"Entertaining, story of a mild-mannered vampire"
that wears sweaters and loafers.
This is, apparently and confusingly, a set of stories in series, that adds characters with each episode and spends some time reviewing and reintroducing and reminding the reader (listener) about previous events. The author and editor would have done well to just smooth all that out - it would work fine for "story time" at a school, but is annoying for an adult reader.
And, there is another bit of confusion here. The story could easily be made for children or young adults, except there is a bit of adult language in there, and at the end of the last story the author (as if afraid this was going to end up being a children's book) was heavy handed with foul language.
The characters Drew Hayes created are wonderfully imaginative and very 3-D, described in detail and with interesting personalities, gifts, and histories. The plot is adequate in getting the characters out and about and into and out of situations and interacting with each other.
It's almost as if these stories were published before they were given more time and effort and with a couple more drafts of work by the author with a good editor demanding *more!* this would have been a great book.
It was still enjoyable, even though flawed. Entertaining, and unfortunately due to the language, not recommended for kids.
"another great story from Drew Hayes"
I love the way Drew Hayes plays with commonplace ideas and notions and turns them around in a most enjoyable way. The narrator was perfect for Fred as well.
"Friendly Fred's Diary"
When Fred, a quiet and somewhat anti-social CPA, unexpectedly becomes a vampire he expected to have the dramatic and sexy life that vampires in movies get, but he wasn't so lucky, or was he? Each tale of Fred's life is told via Fred's diary.journal entries, sometimes with the assistance of other people in his life.
I thought this was a lighthearted easy listen. You get to enjoy a new perspective on being a vampire that is less scandalized then the usual way they are portrayed. The only problem that I really had with this story, was that each story started by reiterating the same information (i.e. how he's now a vampire, and an accountant). This allows each story to stand alone, but is slightly less appealing when listening to them all consecutively.
"really very interesting"
should be noted that this is a collection of short continuous stories which can get annoying since there are recaps at the beginning of each story once you get past that though what you have is an interesting, funny and charming story with lots of cool lore highly recommend
"The funniest accountant ever written"
Despite the title, this is a highly amusing little tale about 'Fred the Vampire', a rather unfortunate accountant who finds himself dealing with situations that he is rather less than thrilled or equipped to encounter. A delightfully funny and light-hearted story matched perfectly by Mr Heyborn's narration. Certainly one for the bookshelf.
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