Even when I was younger and full of myself, able to talk forever about the meaning of everything for hours, I found Anne Rice a little much. Now I find he insufferable. She takes fabulous characters, gives them fantastic stories to tell, then has them talk incessantly. The outstanding narration, unique characters and intriguing story line makes this a worthwhile listen. Lestat is one of my all time favorite characters.
I will always love Interview with a Vampire more. However, this book allows us a closer look at our favorite cast of characters and introduces a few more.
the rock music thing was a little cheesey for me. perhaps the story doesn't translate as well set in the modern world.
My guess is the narrator made it difficult for me to continue listening to this book. I really wanted to like it, but I had to stop because I was literally falling asleep to this book.
Lestat de Lioncourt is a vampire who needs no introduction, but this book provides one hell of a backstory for the brat prince anyways.
This audiobook is wonderfully narrated by the talented Simon Vance, and I never felt lost or confused about which character was speaking when I was listening. Vance provides just enough nuance and variation to each character's voice to bring each of them to life in a different way.
All in all, if you are a fan of vampire literature or of romps through convincing fictional history then I can not recommend The Vampire Lestat enough. Check this audiobook out for your daily commute like I did!
Yes to both questions. I like Simon Vance and heard all of his Aubrey/Maturin series. I also like Anne Rice's vampire series with some reservations
Anne Rice brought the modern vampire genre back from the attic. If you've watched the twilight series, or true blood, it was Anne Rice that made them possible.
The problem I have with this and other of Anne Rice's books is the characters constantly emoting like bad actors, and the overly emotional descriptions that bog down the narrative.
I listen to this while commuting and at times I want to yell at my dashboard:
"Enough with this already! Get on with the d@rned story!"
Mary L. Soileau
Fantastic narrative by Simon Vance. I could listen to his soothing voice for hours. And I did.
Lestat. I fell in love with him in Rice's second helping of The Vampire Chronicles. I've been wanting to read this series since it's beginnings and this audiobook is outstanding. I was moved by Lestat's sensitive side and laughed out loud when he was testing out his new found strength, running through the forest like a giddy girl, flip-flopping and cartwheeling here and there. The first half of Lestat's story had me enthralled. I began to lose a tiny bit of interest when Armand's story was being told. And, although I've already read/listened to PANDORA (Enjoyed it, btw.) and knew who Marrius was, I got a bit confused somewhere around here. Maybe I fell asleep and missed something. I dunno. I didn't have the patience to wander back through all that child of God/Satanic hullabaloo business. Perhaps I wasn't in the deep, philosophical mood I needed to be in whilst reading this part. Therefore, it gets a one star deduction. Other than that, stellar performance by Vance. Anne Rice was at the top of her game here and I couldn't help thinking many, many times while listening, how does she come up with this stuff?! Best part of the story, besides learning how Lestat was turned? Lestat's relationship with his beautiful mother, Gabrielle. There's a gal that needs her own story!