The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

Written by:
Grady Hendrix
Narrated by:
Bahni Turpin

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
201
Narrator
93
Release Date
April 2020
Duration
13 hours 50 minutes
Summary
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 twenty 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?
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Brad C.

This book really excels at the characterization and it lovingly takes its time exploring these women and their friendships. They all have real strengths and shortcomings. The vampire is of course interesting too but more as a foil for them than anything else. I'm a big fan of horror and I was on the edge of my seat during a few chapters. I'm also a southern transplant to a big city and this book made me miss my mom. But in a good way.

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Doreen B.

I wish I could give the narrator 10 stars, she helped bring this well written book to life. I had thought through out the novel how perfect it was. Dare I say Grady Hendrix makes Stephen King look feeble? I would feel true concern for these southern women with their gentile ways. The characters were very well developed. I had a particular liking to Mrs. Green, what a strong and intelligent women. I am very glad I chose this novel, I have not a single problem with any part of the story or any actions of the characters. It kept me wanting to hurry toward the end to see how it all shakes out.... yet, I didn’t want it to end. That to me is a true measure of a good novel.

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Kristi W.

First, I must brag on the narrator!! She is without a doubt the BEST one I’ve ever listened to…she goes in between the different characters voices with ease and perfection. Such a gem!! Now for the story itself…it was also a gem!! I loved this book! It felt comfortable and easy to immerse myself and my imagination in…there were sweet moments, angry, stressful, shocking and a roller coaster of emotions. Buckle up and just enjoy this story from beginning to end.

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Dion S.

This was a fun book that turned pretty dark and I loved it!

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Jeff H.

I enjoyed this story immensely. The title does not hint at the quality and depth of the book! Great imagination and skilled storytelling displayed by the author. The narrator was superb as well.

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Anonymous

I thought this story it was suspenseful. It wasn’t totally scary, but still a few parts did have me on the edge of my seat. The dynamics of the book club are pretty funny too. A for the narrator!

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Pilarica

The story lime was not the best

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Katfish

I don’t usually go for vampire/horror novels, but this one was funny enough to keep my interest!

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Helen E.

Really enjoyed the book and the narrator made it all come to life!

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Bridget Sedgwick

I am having a hard time getting thru this book. 1st- the 3 min free part sucked (pun intended), it didn't really give me a fair read of the story. If it did, I probably wouldn't have bought it. 2nd- the main character is a ding bat (again -pun intended). She's an idiot and I don't know how she didn't die in the first 2 hours of this story. If you like mindless stupidity, then this book is for you. If you have any kind of self preservation, then pass on this one.

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Keogh025 U.

This was a fun ride! It’s very very funny. The characters are fun and interesting. The story takes some twists and turns. I’d say I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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David J.

What an absolutely fantastic story. The author really brings the characters and setting to life in this book. A "realistic" take on a vampire praying on a community in the 90's. I was surprised to find myself much more interested in the main character and her bookclub than the vampire himself. The narrator did a beautiful job, cannot praise her enough for bringing this book to life. 10/10.

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JK

The story was really gripping but I couldn't help feeling so MAD! To reduce housewives and their work to worthless and meaningless just pissed me off. The narrator did an excellent job to make it more interesting. I devoured this book in just one day!

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Dino Maniatis

Fantastically ridiculous! I loved it! The women were charming in their own ways. Loved the narrator, also.

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Matt M.

I really liked it, a lot. I was getting a little tired of the main character, Patricia, but she redeemed herself. After living in Charleston, I could picture and see the characters, where their homes were and the "divide" that still exists in South Carolina. The characters were believable. Good suspense and well worth the listen. I would absolutely listen to another book by this author. I sat in my driveway on a few occassions to find out what happens next. Great book.

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Holly S.

Really fun and surprisly relatable story. Though dark at times and did not shy away from some very real social issues the story was captivating and overall uplifting.

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Tara P.

Great book with unexpected twists! I enjoyed the narrator, and the story was fun and truly original!

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Alex M.

An outward beach read that gets surprisingly complex and grim - in some ways I think it goes too far using very real trauma as plot devices. But it's also a very compelling read, with a strong central theme and tremendous narration.

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CatherineBrennon

What a load of rubbish! I don't think I'll look for her books again

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Mags G.

Story was a bit drawn out but the narrator was fantastic!

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Jordan M.

The climax of the story had me punching the air.

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VictorGP

Good listen …

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Louise McCartney

I didn't know what to expect but it wasn't this! Quite a good read, I did enjoy it, the narrator was great too

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KelsieRae304

I think if I would’ve read this in book format, I would’ve DNF’d it. It’s over 13 hours long and the entire first half is very anticlimactic. Actually, until the last 3 hours, vampires aren’t even real. The narrator is absolutely phenomenal.

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Erinbatt408

This book is amazing. It’s so frustrating at times, but thoroughly entertaining. Also a lot more gory and graphic than I thought it’d be. The ending is phenomenal. The narrator is the best!

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Anonymous

I really enjoyed this book, although sometimes it was annoying. All the husbands needed to get smacked. The narrator was very good at changing her voice for different characters, yet still had a monotone thing going on. I had mixed feelings about her narrating.

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Bianca1976

the narrator was great. I loved this book! It was so not what I was expecting. It was gritty and kind of gross and fun! A book club turned murder club! I dig it!

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Kalifa L.

This narrator brought this story ALIVE!!! The story was good but the narrator was fantastic. Definitely makes it welllll worth the listen. Plus you know. The house wives fighting a vampire does pay off

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Lauralee I.

started off a little slow, but really got good!! parts of the story made my skin crawl! can't get much better than that. the narrator was engaging and really brought the characters to life! Lots of fun, would definitely recommend.

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Anonymous

This is a fun little story, not usually my kind of book but wow I had a fun time! I love the situating of it in the eighties and in the South it was really enjoyable and a new take on the vampire story.

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Julie C.

this was my "free" book this month, and boy was I glad I picked it!!! it was fantastic! a great story read wonderfully. Great fun.

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Terri T.

I absolutely loved this book. It was different than something I would normally “read” and not at the same time. The narrator truly brought this book to life. Having been to the Charleston area several times and being from the south I could relate as well as visualize certain aspects of the book. I want there to be sequels so we know what other mischief these ladies get into.

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Anonymous

I loved this book! Wish they'd make it into a movie!

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Lauralifts

I finished this in 2 days. The narrator really pulled this well-thought-out book together. I thoroughly enjoyed this classic monster tale in a modern time setting!

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Sonder S.

I think it's just not my kind of read. I found the story dreadfully boring. the narrator needs more life as well. wish I could get my credit back lol

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Dena Knight

I seem to love books set in the South. The narrator did a fabulous job on this one.

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carmen steen

This was my second book by this author, following "My Best Friend's Exorcism". In my opinion, he nailed it again - the era (early 90s), the Southern mentality at the time, the misogyny and racism and sexism, the gasp out loud horror, the teenage angst and bored housewife. All skillfully narrated, too. Please remember, it's a work of fiction depicting (very accurately) a time, mindset, culture that is to some offensive. But it's like reading a book about WWII Germany and claiming to be offended because there's Nazis and war and murder. Yep. The book deals with some sensitive topics for sure. Fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will be delighted.

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Ghoulian13

Wtf is this book? It’s sexist, racist, and pedophilic. The book starts off funny and then takes a dark turn that you aren’t expecting. Thankfully, the narrator was very enjoyable to listen to while she performed the book.

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Tim M.

My first impression of this book was that it was a retelling of ‘Salem's Lot’ with a dash of ‘The Strain’, as collected from serialized installments in ‘Southern Living’ magazine. All of which are actually given a shout-out in this book! At its core, it’s basically a condemnation of Southern upper middle class white people, the men especially. The protagonists of this book are small minded, arrogant, racist, and outrageously self-entitled. Plus viciously protective of their little suburban kingdoms, in the most selfish, passive aggressive and mean spirited ways possible. Welcome to the South! To me, the real hero of the book was Mr. “Boo Daddy” vampire, James Harris. It was somehow gratifying to watch him turn their greed and vanity back on themselves to get away with murder right in their immaculately landscaped back yards. As the book went on, I started to hope he’d clean out the lot of them. Slurp! Slurp! I’m giving the book itself two stars, it’s kind of a jumbled mess, with far too much exposition and backstory leading up the meat of the novel. Which there’s very little of! I found myself fast forwarding through big chunks of it, just to get a section with some forward progress in the narrative. For the audiobook narrator, Bahni Turpin, I give five stars. She does an excellent job, and I love it when a narrator can change the pitch and timbre of their voice to evoke each different character, which she does well.

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John S.

Different look into vampire myth and women in the south. I liked it and characters were well developed. Not much to make males feel good about our place in the family.

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