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)
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.
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 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.
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.
I do love Anne Rice. Her witches, vampires and spirits with their diversity and depth of personality is magical. Anne makes you believe in the existence of all these beings, so much so, you have to look for them when your in New Orleans. I'm ready for a further adventure with the Mayfair's, Blackwood's and THE Vampire LeStat. Quinn was the best possible addition to this series. If you choose a series start with the Mayfair witches through Blood Canticle- you will be addicted.
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