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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Written by: Grady Hendrix
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
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Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the '90s about a women's book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a real monster.

Patricia Campbell's life has never felt smaller. Her ambitious husband is too busy to give her a goodbye kiss in the morning, her kids have their own lives, her senile mother-in-law needs constant care, and she's always a step behind on thank-you notes and her endless list of chores. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a close-knit group of Charleston women united by their love of true crime and paperback fiction. At these meetings they're as likely to talk about the Manson family as they are marriage, motherhood, and neighborhood gossip.

This predictable pattern is upended when Patricia meets James Harris, a handsome stranger who moves into the neighborhood to take care of his elderly aunt and ends up joining the book club. James is sensitive and well-read, and he makes Patricia feel things she hasn't felt in 20 years. But there's something off about him. He doesn't have a bank account, he doesn't like going out during the day, and Patricia's mother-in-law insists that she knew him when she was a girl, an impossibility.

When local children go missing, Patricia and the book club members start to suspect James is more of a Bundy than a Beatnik, but no one outside of the book club believes them. Have they read too many true crime books, or have they invited a real monster into their homes?

©2020 Grady Hendrix (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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excellent

Grady Hendrix has not disappointed me yet. Best Friends Exorcism, Horrorstore, now this. this might even be the best one yet. I am definitely going to be getting anything else he has written.
amazing.

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This was honestly the world's worst book.

It really dragged on and on. I was excited about the idea of a vampire being among southern women but it was just deeply anti feminist and full of rape and victim blaming and not empowering at all. In the end, the ladies got their revenge but it totally was weak and uneventful and very gory but... Oddly uninteresting.

The narrator was good but talked really slowly.

I'm so annoyed that this book exists. Please burn all physical copies and delete all files of it.

Thanks.

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“There’s nothing nice about Southern ladies.”

What happens when a genteel Southern ladies book club, who discuss those classics of contemporary writing called true crime, discover a handsome, wealthy gentleman has joined their neighbourhood.? One hell of a scary, exciting audiobook is what! The women find out from the nurse looking after one of their kin, that poor kids from poor side of town are ailing, then committing suicide. James Harris, the new neighbour, is quickly discovered to be feasting on the children. The ladies attempt to destroy the vampire, but husbands and friends dismiss them as neurotic, crazy. Plan One dies. Several years later, a real plan is hatched out of dire necessity, and so the ladies come together, conquering real fear, doubts about their handsome family friend. Story is exciting, truly chilling, in the final desperate battle between glib tongued James Harris and these women determined to save their children.. The writing had more depth, moral dilemmas, and interesting plot twists than I expected. Also, numerous beliefs about vampires are set aside here. No large incisors, or urbane European accents, but retractable insect mandibles, jeans, casual gear. Don’t miss this tale, but do listen to it during daylight hours! Not much gore, but genuine, nail biting terror at times. Loved this book! The narrator really added to the atmosphere as she rendered the vampire’s voice smooth, seductive, so rational. Reminded so much 9f Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, and Needful Things.

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  • E. Greenhouse
  • 2020-04-20

Author’s friends must be giving 5 stars

This book is just plain bad. I don’t know how it’s gotten such high marks - other than the author’s friends must’ve reviewed it - because it’s really terrible. First off, it DRAGS and DRAGS on in the middle where all of a sudden you’re listening to “Stepford Wives” - southern women being told what to do by their husbands and what do you know, just going along with it! But this isn’t the 70’s it’s the 90’s and apparently no one would EVER think to say “No” to their husband in the 90’s, right? Oh and then the main character’s husband writes his wife a script for Prozac (professionally not allowed by the way) ...again, she just going along with it instead of standing up to him...and she just zones out of her life while the story turns into a bad Stephen King novel of rape, grown naked men feeding on young naked children and it gets to the point where you’re asking yourself “Why am I still listening to this?!” I had to quit. I was trying to make it to the end to see if this book had any redeeming qualities or story turn but it simply does NOT. Please save yourself the credit, it’s not worth it. Audible Original - did anyone at Audible actually listen to or read this book before putting it on here?! Total garbage.

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  • NorthernPerson
  • 2020-04-21

Not my cup of tea

I got 1/4 of the way through this and just had to stop. The author's writing skill is good (witty, keeps your attention, well edited) and the narrator excellent, but the content just turned me off; much too gory and the detail of horrific injuries and the color of injured parts, just ugggghhhhh. The accurate minutiae of living with someone with Alzheimers (down to details like food in her water glass, spit dribbling, etc) was bleak and depressing. And I draw the line at dogs being hurt, so upon reaching that point I realized this story is just making me more disgusted than entertained so I threw in the towel.

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  • Maria
  • 2020-04-11

Disappointing

I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it's one of those stories that relies on the main character behaving stupidly, her husband treating her like she's a 5 year old, everyone forgetting very traumatic events and just moving on in order to advance. The reader can suspend disbelief to an extent. This is too much. It kicks you right out of the story.

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  • autumnmemory80
  • 2020-04-20

Started Out Great...

I am from Alabama, so I liked hearing the interesting storyline set in the South. At first the narrator was lovely, then she started getting on my nerves. I enjoyed the story to a point, but by the time it was over, it was just okay. Not my favorite I have read this year. I would recommend it to fans of this genre, but it was just not all that amazing to me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-19

More juvenile than I thought it’d be...

A lot of the story is pending on Patrica acting and thinking like a 5 year old. It’s a bit excessive... I was really excited about this, but the readers performance is the only reason I held on. They touch on vampire rape as well? Love the reader, didn’t care for the story line. Really tried to push through it but it didn’t get much better. Better ready for maybe a 17 year old.

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  • Yvonne
  • 2020-04-29

So So

I enjoyed the beginning of this book. I got a kick out of seeing how many books their book club read that I had read. And some of the interactions of the book club ladies was humorous. However, after that it turned a bit dark for me. This is more in line with Stephen King that Kristen Painter. So if you like the dark scary books you may enjoy this but it's not for me.

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  • cindy henzel
  • 2020-04-14

Bananas


“We’re not a lynch mob, we’re a bookclub.”
Buffy the Vampire Slyer + Stepford Wives + Nancy Drew + The Help = Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-01

Great book, really different take on vampires.

The cockroach will make your skin crawl!
Wonderful, really wonderful, brought me back to Georgia

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  • Barbara Lederer
  • 2020-04-29

Not the strong Southern ladies I know

Too long , wimpy portrayal of the women, disappointing stereotypes . Slow speaker did not fit narration

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  • janet
  • 2020-04-28

What a great surprise!

I went into this book skeptical, but came out in love! What fun it was...

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