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Blackwood Farm Audiobook

Blackwood Farm

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm brings together the Vampire Chronicles and the story of the Mayfair Witches, and is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.
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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, a spirit known as Goblin, a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can't escape. When Quinn is made a vampire, his doppelganger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.

As the novel moves backward and forward in time, from Quinn's boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present-day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the specter that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.

©2002 Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A completely fresh story, a gripping gothic yarn that revives the series." (Booklist)
"Using lush, voluptuous prose, Rice tells a complex and mesmerizing story." (Library Journal)

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    Kimberly 09-30-04
    Kimberly 09-30-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!!"

    This book is why I love Anne Rice. She always leaves you wanting more!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Sardis, GA, USA 03-18-03
    Norma Sardis, GA, USA 03-18-03
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    "Great!"

    I don't generally read vampire stories but a sample of this reading intrigued me so I went for it. Loved it. Now I have to read them all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tulsi17 03-31-14
    Tulsi17 03-31-14
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    "Ugh"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a better story with multi-dimentional characters


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know yet, but it will not be by this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Pittu’s performances?

    Yes. I LOVED his narration of The Goldfinch.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blackwood Farm?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to enjoy Anne Rice's novels very much. Have I been away too long? I kept wondering what the point of this story was. Everyone...EveryTHING was just "too". TOO beautiful, TOO wealthy, TOO kind, TOO perfect, TOO forgiving, TOO fashionable, TOO loving, TOO easy! TOO (who cares?), TOO PRECIOUS!!! I was LITERALLY rolling my eyes during the narration. I couldn't even finish the story. I was definitely more irritated than intrigued or entertained (is it obvious?), and I expected so much more.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 06-09-04
    Trish 06-09-04 Member Since 2015

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    "Never a dull moment"

    It seems the audible critics either love it or hate it. I for one really enjoyed the book. There was always a lot going on in each chapter. The book is written from the viewpoint of an 18 year old boy, who had a very unusual childhood. Don't expect the maturity and rational thought of an adult and you will enjoy the book as much as I did. I think she did a fantastic job merging the withches and the vampires. Worth it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Beaverton, OR, United States 03-17-12
    Marc Beaverton, OR, United States 03-17-12
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    "Too little meat!"

    I have always heard of Anne Rice, and honestly, I had really high expectations when I downloaded this book. As I listened to the story develop, I have to admit that the method of introduction to the characters and the way Ms. Rice conveyed the gravity of the circumstances really had my attention. I was hooked...

    Then, the story just went off the rails... so much really nutty sexual content that, frankly, made me really creeped out. Then the great momentum just ground to a crawl as characters became whiners and relationships became lost in a series of distracting sidelines that I just became irritated with.

    So, I am sure Anne Rice is a capable story teller, but this was not great story telling. I did appreciate the narration though.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Virgini jacksonville , FL, USA 08-14-03
    Virgini jacksonville , FL, USA 08-14-03
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    "sad sad sad"

    I am a huge anne rice fan. I can only say I could not even finish the book. could not get past chapter 6. Very sad. I have been so disapointed with this book as much as I was the movie Queen Of the Damned, which is my favorite in the series. I should have downloaded something else .. very regretful.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Winston Salem, NC, USA 12-30-02
    James Winston Salem, NC, USA 12-30-02
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    "Embarassing Effort"

    Anne Rice is one of the most talented writers I've read. Her ability to set a scene that the reader can see in the mind's eye is exquisite. That ability is totally wasted in the latest of her Vampire Chronicles. That this is actually considered part of the chronicles escapes me. Lestat's only part in this story is on the receiving end of a boring-as-heck tale told by the fey newbie vamp Quinn Blackwood. Rice did her best to interest fans by again merging the Mayfair witches with the vampires. The idea is exciting but the execution was lacking. True Rice fans like me will unexplainably forgive her and continue to buy her stuff, but, I have a feeling we'll never get another like Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned, or Feast of All Saints from the lady again. I caution you to not operate heavy equipment while listening, however, this one will induce sleep.

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    brandon 01-26-16
    brandon 01-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Best book since tales of the body theif"
    Would you listen to Blackwood Farm again? Why?

    Yes. With some books, not knowing is all that keeps you reading. So, once you know, there is nothing there for you. With Blackwood Farm, you are reading because the story affects you, I suspect I would still get a good feel from the story again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As per the norm her tale is a hyperbole of human affection where passionate characters exchange surreal intimacy. Unlike some of the others, the pivitol character directs this surreal intimacy at many individuals which helps the reader feel as if they may be capable of such supernatural seaming endearment. It is not a private spectacle reserved for one person, the protag has a base intimacy with all good people that transposes to the reader, at least in my experience.


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

    His voice for the protag and his voice for Lestat were both exceptional and more convincing than the typical performance in these books. His emphasis and cadence mated perfectly, very good performance in my opinion.


    If you could rename Blackwood Farm, what would you call it?

    Little Brother, by Anne Rice


    Any additional comments?

    Don't skip to this, though as always she writes in such a way that you could if you wanted to. Take your time and savor the series, this book is not unique for being wonderful in the vampire chronicles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patience 12-17-15
    Patience 12-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best of Anne Rice's books"
    Where does Blackwood Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best Audio book I've listened too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Quinn. So Dark and troubled and yet we feel for him and care about him.


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Aunt Queen, the deep south accent was honey to the ear.


    If you could take any character from Blackwood Farm out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Aunt Queen. But she would have to pay.


    Any additional comments?

    Really well produced Audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Ford 11-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    Amazing as always, I thought of the words as being read and wished I was that talented..

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