The main character of this book, Louis, is rather whiny and unlikable. But, surprisingly, the book itself (read with all of Simon Vance's immense talent) was highly enjoyable. Go figure.
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!
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
It doesn't deserve one star. Ninety percent of the book is about how depressed, guilty and suicidal Louis felt and on and on. It's all about how he doesn't want to kill human but did it anyways, I swear, that sums it all up. It's like listening to an American that pretends to be French that whines and complains for 14 hours. This book has such fine literature but so painstakingly boring. I've heard high praises about this book so I forced myself to get through 12 hours of the book. But I just cannot finish it. I thought I could get some meaning out of this book if I just listen to it long enough, but then I realized this book is merely one nonsense after another. I have no words to describe how meaningless and silly the whole plot is. It feels like the author just comes up with something random without any purpose. This whole book is build up with beautiful and sophisticated words. It's filled with so much insipid details. Sheer literature garbage. Do yourself a favor and don't buy it. It'll be your worst Audible choice.
I really liked the movie and have been reading some vampire novels lately so decided to give this a try. I could barely get through the book because it was so boring. I will not be buying any more Rice novels.
I love Simon Vance; and this is a wonderful book. However, I have been forever spoiled by listening to it as narrated by Frank Muller. Had I not done so, I would rave about Simon Vance's performance. I love his other narrations. But, listening to Frank Muller perform the Vampire Chronicles sets an unattainable standard. The sublime perfection of Frank Muller's understated yet perfect characterizations is unparalleled. Once heard, it is like getting used to driving a Farrari and then having to drive an old Ford Fairlane to listen to anyone else. Don't get me wrong. I love Simon Vance. But once I had gotten Frank Muller's interpretation into my head for these characters, I could not help making the comparisons. So, unless Audible should one day make those available (and I pray with all my heart that they do as they are out of print and very hard to find, even in libraries), do not seek them out to borrow only. Listening to them would spoil any other readings for you. Enjoy these. You cannot go wrong with these. They are quite well done. However, should you get a chance to not borrow but OWN the Frank Muller readings, so that you can go back to them over and over as you will undoubtably want to; then do not pass Go, do not collect $200, go directly to purchasing them, begging them, or stealing them (well, no, don't steal them; that would ruin the joy). I hope that Audible reads this and tries their hardest to obtain them as they would not only be a wonderful addition to their collection, but would be a priceless step towards completing their collection of the works of perhaps the finest audio narrator of all time, Frank Muller who rises above all others I have heard with the only possible exception of Jim Dale.
Why can't real life be like books?
but far more florid and dated than I expected. I enjoyed it, but found myself mentally tapping my toe and sighing through some of the more lengthy passages. Once upon a time it was considered original and new -- now there are better examples of the genre, IMO. Louie comes across as a whiny stick in the mud and I just wanted to slap him and say "Snap out of it!"
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.