Series Audiobook Review – Fred, the Vampire Accountant

Posted June 10, 2019 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 2 Comments

 

For the Can You Read A Series In A Month challenge I selected the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series by Drew Hayes. I’m happy to report that I completed the challenge and I loved the books I read! For this challenge you can select a series you had already started, as long as you read at least 3 books of the series. I had already enjoyed the first 2 books in the series and for the challenge I read the remaining 3 books: Bloody Acquisitions, The Fangs of Freelance and Deadly Assessments.  Here is a spoiler-free review of the series:

I’ve seen this series mentioned on other blogs and the first book title The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant was screaming “Read Me”. I love the urban fantasy genre, so I was excited to find a new author to add to my list of favorites.  This series has exactly what I look for in an urban fantasy – comedy, romance, action, adventure and mystery. Each book is written in the first person POV as journal entries, switching between Fred and his friends.  The journal entries are actually short stories that are written in chronological order so events sometimes overlap/lead to each other. Since they are written in chronological order, I suggest you read the books in order to get a full understanding of this world. There are often times that the POV addresses the audience, which I found refreshing and added to the fun of this series.

Along with the great stories are the characters I loved and would want to hang out with. Fred is not your typical vampire. He’s not a suave, alpha vampire. Fred is the opposite. He’s a vampire that is a socially awkward, sweater vested accountant. After his creation Fred was abandon from his creator, which has left him clueless to the ins and outs of the parahuman world. His naivety is one of his greatest qualities allowing him to hold on to his humanity. His compassion has confused the parahumans he encounters but it has also allowed him to make allies in the most unlikely of places. His friends are an entertaining mix of misfits.  I love all of them! In one of the books Fred reflects on how much his life has changed since turning into a vampire.  His human life was dull and boring, and he had to die to finally get the adventures and friendship he was missing.  All the characters play an important part of the stories and of each other’s lives, and I loved every moment I spent with them. I can’t wait for the next books in this series.

Narration (4.5 Stars)

Kirby Heyborne narrates all the books in this series.  With the first book it took me a while to get used to his performance.  I thought he did a great job for the male characters, especially for Fred. He really brought the dullness of Fred’s character to life.  But I struggled with his narration of the female voices, which is something I always feel with male narrators.  As I listened to more of the books Heyborne became the true voice for the female characters and I loved his range for the additional characters. The combination of the author’s creative writing and Heyborne’s performance made this an enjoyable series that I would re-read again and again.  If you are an audiobook fan, please give the narrator a chance.  You will love how he brings the story to life and the hilarious things some of these characters say.

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Audiobook Performance
four-half-stars
Overall:

 

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Published by Tantor Audio on February 24, 2015
Genres: Adult Paranormal
Length: 7 hours and 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

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 that is 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.

 

Undeath and Taxes Series: Fred the Vampire Accountant #2
by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Published by Tantor Audio on October 6, 2015
Genres: Adult Paranormal
Length: 9 hours and 19 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

The sequel to the Amazon bestseller THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT.

After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected--he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs.

Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon’s interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.

 

Bloody Acquisitions Series: Fred the Vampire Accountant #3
by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Published by Tantor Audio on September 6, 2016
Genres: Adult Paranormal
Length: 9 hours and 52 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

The third book in Drew's outrageously adventurous and satirical series, including THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT (Book 1) and UNDEATH & TAXES (Book 2).

With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred’s undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately, it also seems that he’s no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren’t well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.

Now, Fred must cope with the growing presence—and threat—of other vampires even as he struggles to keep up with his business’s demands and make time for his friends. Between hidden parahuman towns, crazed vampire hunters, quarreling mages, and the world’s least subtle spy, it will take all of Fred’s wiles just to keep his head above water. And as the new clan sinks their fangs deeper and deeper into his city, the undead accountant is faced with a choice between two equally unappealing options: flee his home, or stand against an entire clan of fellow vampires.

Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, 2019 TBR List, Can You Read a Series in a Month

 

The Fangs of Freelance Series: Fred the Vampire Accountant #4
by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Published by Tantor Audio on November 18, 2017
Genres: Adult Paranormal
Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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five-stars

When Fred formed his own parahuman clan out of necessity, he understood that it was going to come with new responsibilities. Much as he hoped those tasks would center around extra paperwork and perhaps the occasional mandatory class, enough time around the supernatural has taught him to be ready for anything. Or so he thought.

As a freelance accountant for the Agency, Fred soon finds himself being tossed into new, unexpected, and perilous situations. From inventorying ghostly castles, to exploring unsettling amusement parks, to negotiating with dangerous mages, it seems there is no end to the uses for an accountant of Fred’s specialty. But dangerous as the new jobs are, the greatest threat may come from the past. An old enemy is making waves once more, an enemy who would go to great lengths to destroy Fred and everyone he loves. And this time, they've brought backup.

The fourth book in the hilarious series following Fred, the vampire accountant, and the misadventures he finds himself in.

Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, 2019 TBR List, Can You Read a Series in a Month

 

Deadly Assessments Series: Fred the Vampire Accountant #5
by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Published by Tantor Audio on August 7, 2018
Genres: Adult Paranormal
Length: 9 hours and 9 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Goodreads
five-stars

After several years as a vampire, starting a business, founding his own clan, and proposing to his girlfriend, Fred is finally beginning to settle into life as an undead accountant. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about his continued survival, or the dangerous friends he’s made along the way.

The Blood Council has dispatched a representative to determine if Fred is fit for the position he currently fills as head of a clan, and the stakes for failure are deathly serious. Worse, Fred will have to muddle through without the help of Krystal, who is off on a mysterious task of her own.

Saddled with a new bodyguard, Fred will have to prove he’s got what it takes to be a respectable vampire, control his abilities, and lead a clan. Because if he can’t, the House of Fred will be no more.

Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, 2019 TBR List, Can You Read a Series in a Month

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2019 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2019 TBR List
  • Can You Read a Series in a Month

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2 responses to “Series Audiobook Review – Fred, the Vampire Accountant

    • Kathy

      I love this series and your blog brought this book to my attention. Thanks for the great recommendation! I keep checking the author’s blog for news on the series so I hope he writes more books. We have to know about the wedding!! Thanks Melanie!