Who doesn't remember the first Vampire to be beloved for his tortured soul? His child vampire Claudia, the first ever child vampire in historical novels? Louis and his search for his lost soul gave us such a different look at the genre and this story was the reawakening of the love for "blood sucking vamps" that we had almost lost by the time Anne Rice wrote this. We were used to Christopher Lee and his brand of aloof and silent monster movies so when we fell in LOVE with Louis it was a whole new beginning for the genre of Vampires. Anne Rice became our Goddess of the Vampire stories, she introduced us to Louis and Claudia and Lestat and then went beyond to capture our hearts with more and more....this one is only the beginning. Expect to fall in love with the voice and the story all over again. Excellent narration too!
I was so excited to get this but unfortunatly just can't stay awake to finish it. Since I listen to my books in the car this can be a real problem. I don't know if it's the story or the narrator's voice but it puts me right to sleep. Great buy if you have isomnia!
I gave this book two stars because it's well written. This I can appreciate. I keep thinking that there must be something else to make it worthy of recommendation, but nothing has come to mind. I don't object to vampire, supernatural, or sci/fi themes. I enjoyed all of Stephanie Meyer's books, including The Host, as well as Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches. If you are looking for suspense, depth, humor, humanity, and a glimmer of light somewhere in the darkness, take your pick of these. If you prefer page after page of grisly violence and unrelenting despair, then spend your money on Interview with a Vampire.
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.
Wow. Couldn't stop listening. Simon Vance is awesome. Just downloaded all the series. Hurricane on way here and I'm set. Oh by the way did I say how much I loved it!!
Yes because i can just listen.
I enjoyed Simon Vances voice for these books much more than the alternative readers.
THIS is what I expect from all of Anne Rices books now!
I wanted to kill Louis myself. My God just pluck up the courage and die already. Wow the writer does a great job of making the reader feel LeStats frustration.
I liked reading this t Bette. for some reason I just could not get into the story. the narrator was OK. there really wasn't much character building. it kind of went to fast with out real feeling. its was jumbled.