#GuestReview by @sophiarose1816:The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes, Narrated by Kirby Heybourne

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant
by Drew Hayes, Narrated by Kirby Heybourne
#1 Fred the Vampire Accountant
Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published: 2.24.15
Time: 7 hours 2 minutes
Rating: 5
Flames: 2
Format: Audio
Source: Self
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GoodReads Blurb:
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.

If the title didn't already snag my attention then the droll humor Fred as the narrator of his own adventures does pull me in.  This is a series of novellas all highlighting a vampire named Fred's adventures.
Fred was killed and made vampire and left to figure it all out for himself.  Fred first figures out that being a vampire is nothing like the movies or the books though he does have a sun allergy and must have his liquid diet.  He's stronger and his senses are enhanced though he didn't suddenly become a hottie and fascinating to others or have a personality alteration.  Instead of his life suddenly becoming mysterious and glamorous, it stays the same and he doesn't mind.  Fred is an accountant and continues with his staid, sometimes lonely existence while curious about how the other half lives even while he has no desire for a crazy, dangerous life.
Fred is the least likely person to have adventures and his undead life doesn't change that perspective.  Only, he does- have adventures that is.  Fred seems to be something of a trouble magnet for all that he works hard to stay out of situations where he'll encounter danger.  A simple high school reunion, a trip to Vegas for Thanksgiving, a late night date, helping out a friend, and an interrupted Christmas Party all become something so much more by the time things get going.
With each adventure, Fred discovers the world is full of paranormal races and situations that he never expected- shifters, zombies, mages, dragons, and a whole secret government structure.  Life becomes interesting and exciting with a tough as nails gorgeous girlfriend who polices the paranormal groups and a new motley group of friends.  In the end, Fred learns why he was turned and that even an average guy can be a reluctant hero.  I loved Fred and his friends.  There is a ton of humor, but a touching and sweet quality to Fred.  He embraces who and what he is and that is why he ends up with the relationships he could only dream about as the awkward and bullied geek he was before.
I experienced this book in audio format and absolutely loved Kirby Heybourne's narration.  I will always hear his voice as 'Fred' even if I switch to get the rest of the series in written format.  He told a good story with tone, pace, emotion, and variety of characters so well.
All in all, I think fans of paranormal and Urban Fantasy stories who like a bit of humor and some excitement should give Fred's adventures a try.

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  1. I'm so glad you started this series Sophia. I love this series. Fred and the gang are just great. Bubba is my favorite character. Werebeast. LOL Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. I can definitely see why you enjoy Bubba best. I thought he was fun the way his laid back personality mingled with the rest. I look forward to heading forward into the rest of the series.