The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook by Drew Hayes (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook
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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook

By: Drew Hayes

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne

Published by: Tantor Audio 02/24/15

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook by Drew Hayes

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The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook

4 Hearts

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.

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook Narration

3.5 Hearts

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.

Author: Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.

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Narrator: Kirby Heyborne

Narrator: Kirby Heyborne

Creative, talented and versatile, Kirby has received a number of Audio File Magazine’s Earphone awards for excellence in narration and has had many titles nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He recently received the highest honor bestowed by the American Library Association for young adult audiobooks – The Odyssey Award.

He has narrated over a hundred titles including: Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Black Swan Green, Breathers and The Genius. He is known to deliver raw emotion without drawing attention to the performance itself. Kirby is considered one of the finest narrators working today.


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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Oh my what a title, I too had to click the link when I saw it. Thanks Melanie

  2. I actually ran across this one on my kindle the other day hahaha I need to check out the whispersync and see if there’s a cheap deal 😉 Thanks for the heads up on the female voices.

    • I can’t remember if there was a great Whispersync deal on this one or not. I hope so. 🙂 Female voices weren’t very good, but not so bad that I wouldn’t listen.

  3. This sounds like a super fun listen. I’m right now debating on if I want to listen to it myself or pick up the book. My personal librarian (always revealing books that I would’ve otherwise not found), thank you for this review lol.

    • I wish I could remember how I stumbled upon this one. I know it was the title that caught my eye, but I don’t remember where I saw it first. I have book two on my iPod to listen to soon.

  4. This is one I asked my library to get cause it does sound fun and different. Plus vampire accountant alone is funny!

    • Not nearly as uninteresting as the title makes it sound. LOL. I thought the vampire accountant thing was funny too. I love the idea of a vampire that doesn’t become all suave and such. He does get the girl though. 🙂

  5. How could you not be drawn in by that title? So glad it is as humorous as it sounds. I so need more of that in my life. 🙂

    • I know, right? I’m always looking for books that will put a smile on my face. 🙂

  6. Well, it was the title that got me to click on your review to see what it was…lol. Sounds kind of interesting. 🙂

    • That title was what peeked my interest to listening to it. I wish I could remember how I ran across it. It was fun. I’m glad I found it. 🙂

  7. LOL a vampire accountant, huh? I agree, that title begs you to pick up the book to check it out! Sometimes, making fun of oneself really is that attractive 🙂
    I may try to read this one, Melanie, rather than listen to it. I can get a little too upset with male narrators who try too hard with their female voices.
    Great review 🙂

    • Yeah, this isn’t narrator that I foresee ever making it on a top ten list for me. I’ll keep listening because I can get more audios in than I can reading. If there were a bunch of women, I would probably have to pass.

  8. I didn”t know that we could find anthology like that in audio, first time I see that.

    • I didn’t realize it was a book of short stories until I started listening. They do seem to build on one another, so it sorta feels like one story.

  9. How whimsical it sounds from title down to the stories. I’m curious now, too.

    I’ve had a few narrators that were a good match because of what types of voices were predominant in the story, but wouldn’t have done so well in a different story.

    • It was a very cute story. I would give this narrator a shot with a different series. I just don’t know how well it would work out. I have had some that I love with one series only to find out that I didn’t like them with another.

  10. This sounds fun and is my first encounter with it. I like that despite it being shorts it feels like a complete story.

    • Yes, each story builds on the previous story, so it makes it flow well, sorta like a single story. I like how we meet all the different characters and they continue on to the next story. It was very cute.

  11. Interesting that this is told in short stories. Glad they did go well together and blend, that is nice.

    • I was a bit surprised when I first started listening and they were in different short stories. I go into so many books blind that I completely missed that. It still worked out okay. I had a lot of fun listening. 🙂

  12. LOL I so can’t blame you for being pulled in by the title. That totally makes me want to read it. Interesting on being an antho!

    • It was fun. It was a group of shorts, but they build on each other, so sorta felt like one full story too.

  13. This sounds great. I love pretty much anything vampire.

  14. This sounds great. I love pretty much anything vampire.

  15. That’s one long title, lol. I can see why the title caught your attention as it does stand out and tells you a bit about the book already.
    It does sound a bit weird how it’s told in short story format, but that’s good there’s enough overlap and progression of the story as well.
    Glad to hear the narration worked for you in this book even though his female voices weren’t as good.

    • It is a very long title. The story isn’t nearly as uninteresting as the title makes it sound LOL. While I didn’t love the narrator’s female voice, his male voices were very good.

  16. Hahaha! Everything about this has made me smile so far. And then to scroll down and see that author photo … yeah, I definitely need this boo in my life. 😀

  17. That title is very attention grabbing. I can see why you picked it up. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love the title of the Zombie at the LARP too. I might have to pick this one up.

    • It was a cute story. I liked that title too. I decided to spell out LARP, since not everyone would know what it meant. I really like the zombie at the LARP too, though the werebeast is my favorite. 🙂

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