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.
"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)
a better story with multi-dimentional characters
I don't know yet, but it will not be by this author.
Yes. I LOVED his narration of The Goldfinch.
All of them.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The accent that he uses really reminds me of the South.
no, I listened in my car
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.
High, high at the top of the list.
When Petronia is about to turn Quinn only to find out that the old man is Manfred! Awesome.
He was a highly varied and interesting speaker. I didn't know how important this was in an audiobook until I heard him. Excellent.
Quinn's dynamic with Mona. Sigh.
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