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Blackwood Farm | [Anne Rice]

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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    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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    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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    Lisa Rockford, MN, USA 01-20-03
    Lisa Rockford, MN, USA 01-20-03
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    "Fantastic!!"

    I listen to my books at work, this book is so good, I did not want to leave at the end of my shift. It made the hours pass so quickly. Thank you Ann, I love all of your stories.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jason t nowicki 03-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "So hooked"

    I love all Ann rice works so hooked! She better write more vamp books...."stat"....great pun . Will try other stuff by her

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    David WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ, United States 02-21-15
    David WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ, United States 02-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing story"

    I wasn't sure I would like it at first but wow wow wow. Love it. Amazing detail and texture in this story from Anne Rice.

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    Lisa Lynn Evergin Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, US 09-16-13
    Lisa Lynn Evergin Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, US 09-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Anne RIce, does not disappoint!"
    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent that he uses really reminds me of the South.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I listened in my car


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 08-02-13
    Judith 08-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Like a hive of vampires, Rice drones on."

    Interesting enough to get you started but there's little action. Having read all the earlier Mayfair witch books and the Vampire Chronicles, I thought this would be a good blend of the two. Rice gets into so much needless detail as the main character tells his story that one thinks it will never end. Needs more Lestat.

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    Valerie Oakland, CA, United States 02-23-13
    Valerie Oakland, CA, United States 02-23-13
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    "Brilliant story, excellent reader!"
    Where does Blackwood Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High, high at the top of the list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blackwood Farm?

    When Petronia is about to turn Quinn only to find out that the old man is Manfred! Awesome.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    He was a highly varied and interesting speaker. I didn't know how important this was in an audiobook until I heard him. Excellent.


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

    Quinn's dynamic with Mona. Sigh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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