I went through a phase in my very early twenties that would now be called goth...but 26 years ago it was just called weird! In a span of about two weeks of unemployment I read about 8 vampire novels including The Hunger, Salem's Lot, Dracula, etc, one of the best reading periods of my life! The book that started it all was finding a used copy on an old bookstore shelf of Anne Rice's 'Interview with the Vampire'....I still remember reading late into the night until the sun came up and my initial and abiding love for the world and the characters....so....now we have this new interpredation of the novel and I was so excited to see it, but I have some problems with it....
While the novel holds up, I think the naration is not true to the story and actually ruins significant subliminal parts of it. This is, to my mind, a great 'American' horror novel - so, the British tone and feel by Simon Vance is off key. Also, this is a novel of eternal youth at the pinical of it's strength and beauty - the 25 year old Louis done by Vance makes Louis sound 45-55 years of age and that throws that sensation out the window. The accents are wrong, and as someone that loves Louisanna and New Orleans, I was very disappointed to lose that slow and beautiful accent of the French American Creole culture - it's part of the beauty and facination of the novel and it's not here. It is why so many tourists and fans of the novel still flock to NOLA to experience a wee taste of the sensations of reading Rice.
I am sorry for those who will only do the audio in this instance and miss all the things that make the emotions and imagination run wild when reading it in book form.
I am sorry for the person that only listened to 45 minutes and gave up - boy, did they miss a wonderful read!
I am sorry that the very talented but mis-cast Simon Vance did this naration.
I am not sorry that so many new readers will be absorbed into the wonderful and imaginative world of the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles - welcome!
Addicted to Audible since 2009
I loved the movie and so it pains me to say this but had I read/listened the book first, I probably never would have watched the movie. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good story and I loved the history aspect of it. Rice is a great writer and the narration is superb too. However, overall, I really didn’t get much out of this audiobook and feel like it was more of a waste of time than anything else. A tad disappointing from my perspective but by no means would I consider this a bad book in any way. It's just not as good as I remembered it to be.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
def. by simon vance, he's great. ill stay away from this vampire series for now.
no, not for a while. at the same time i can still encourage people to the story, the way she wrote it i didn't expect.
he always sounds like he's directly from the story, he's better then b. pitt as louie
i wouldn't read it, their is a series but my expectation was different so I'm staying away.
50% of the book seemed like poetry from the vamps point of view, wasn't as dark or horror filled as i though it would be. lots of mellow drama but i can see why people are into it
We had to wait till "The Girl Who...." was wrapped up in narration by Simon Vance, master reader... so perfect that now we get to hear the story we have relished, the story Anne Rice would not write again today, an now Vance unwraps the present of this gift already leaked out, no turning back and so perfect the writing and so perfect the voice to go with it! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
So well these words came from the ink, so well it falls from the tongue, so well it enters our ears and imagination again. Of coarse it is worth the buy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now, go read modern Jungian analysts on how they frame the story of all of this "Vampire" craze after Rice tipped the first big domino.... and see why it is we are so captivated by the subject of the reality of every day vampires throughout our culture and even in ourselves. So dark, let's get lost and find ourselves and illumine and see through this archetype about us.
Least emo from Louis. He just cried the whole about his lost soul. I was over it half way through the book, but this was a book club, so I had to finish it.
I don't know, but it will not be anything by Anne Rice, unless it is abridged.
He is okay, His accents are a little weird, but not horrible. I would listen to another book narrated by him.
I would have cut 7 hours this book. It was all the same in the end. Louis still crying about his lost soul.
The whole vampire fad that got way out of hand in the early 2000s made me really jaded towards anything about vampires. This story puts every vampire Tv show, Movie and book to shame. The characters have so much depth, the emotion is tangible and the philosophy is so deep and thought provoking that sometimes I had to pause the book and sit and think. I LOVE this story, can't wait to start the next.
I have avoided this author/series for many years in fear of disappointment. I was so WRONG! The story/author/audible performer was without a doubt INCREDIBLE. I would HIGHLY recommend this book, it will not disappoint you, but instead leave you yearning for more, MUCH more.
Thank you Mrs. Rice, Mr. Vance and Audible for this extraordinary story.
I've read all of Anne Rice's books numerous times in the past twenty five years. I really enjoyed the audio version. It was almost like a brand new story. I definitely recommend it!
Simon Vance is a wonderful narrator. Kudos to him for keeping up an accent the entire novel. I wouldn't consider audio to be better than print, but looking at the audio as a stand alone, this is one of the best. High quality, wonderful narrator, and a modern classic.
The love Louis has for Claudia really stands out to me. The story takes us beyond the limitations of human society into the dark mindset of the vampires, which is a constant struggle between their predatory instincts and their humanity. As my title stated, a modern struggle between good and evil. Louis narrates his fall from humanity as the book progresses. First they try and attack the evil without (as Lestat) and then realize that the nature they struggle with is within.
I have some of his other narrations waiting for me to listen to them and they will be near the top of my list. His voice is wonderful. One of the best audiobook narrators out there. He creates an immersive mood and atmosphere and narrates clearly with such a rich, deep voice.
What really struck me in this book were the parts about Claudia not being able to experience her full adulthood. These were the most horrifying and touching to me.
This book has it's engrossing moments, but it does get slow at times. Louis becomes so stuck in his own thoughts and it kind of rambles on. I do believe having an audiobook at moments like these can really save a book.