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  • Interview with the Vampire

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By F. Murray Abraham
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Interview with the Vampire is a novel that evokes the brilliance, the decadence, the horror of The Vampire's world - as he pours out the erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead.

    Tara says: "Where's the ending????"
    "My all-time Favourite Anne Rice story"
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    If you could sum up Interview with the Vampire in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, fantastical and sumptuous.


    What other book might you compare Interview with the Vampire to and why?

    I would make a comparison on the way Rice captures the age and time of Paris, New York and the ol' South to the way Dicken describes it in his 'Tale of Two Cities'.


    What about F. Murray Abraham’s performance did you like?

    I think the narrator was great.


    Who was the most memorable character of Interview with the Vampire and why?

    Louis, but of course. His character reveals itself in its true form throughout the book and its his emotional tale that pulls at the heart strings in this first installment in the trilogy.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela (editor)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Damon, and others
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is an audiobook benefiting children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, featuring Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, and Alan Rickman.

    Penny says: "Exotic, fun and fascinating"
    "Magical for children and adults alike"
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    What made the experience of listening to Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales the most enjoyable?

    The tales of famous African folklore was brought to life by the actors and actresses that took part in the narration. It was awesome to listen to these stories as if each and every Holloywood narrator were reading it to me and only me at bedtime.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The variety of folk tales that span the entire African continent and not just South Africa.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Alan Rickman's and Whoopi Goldberg's narration stood out for me.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Lestat

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    More of The Vampire Chronicles - where dark pleasures and glorious decadence abound. Anne Rice once again creates the hypnotic, mythical world of the undead.

    Dorothea says: "Good Story .. Bad Music"
    "Classic Anne Rice novel!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Lestat to be better than the print version?

    No, I think both complement each other. The rpint version lends itself to create an aura of what one would consider Lestat whereas the narrator of the audiobook puts his own spin on bringing the character to life for us.


    What other book might you compare The Vampire Lestat to and why?

    No books can compare to this wonderous tale of wunderlust and everything else in between. I did see myself drawing comparisons of Lestat and his personality to characters like Duncan McLeod, the Highlander and the Crow.


    What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the tale to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the scene in the crypt with Akasha and Akil, and Marcus.


    Any additional comments?

    The violin transitions in the audiobook deserve to be toned down a bit so you can better engage your listening of the narrator and the tale. It could sometimes be very verbose and distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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