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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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    Marc Schkurman 12-09-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Blackwood Farm (Unabridged)"

    I have to say I stopped listening halfway through the story. It was so boring it was actually putting me to sleep. It got down to a major "so what". Why should I care. I have read most of Ms Rice's works and they have enthralled me, this one just bored me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 09-30-04
    Kimberly 09-30-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Loved it!!"

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

    2 of 3 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.

    2 of 3 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.

    3 of 5 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.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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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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    Molly Brennan Albany, CA 08-09-13
    Molly Brennan Albany, CA 08-09-13
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    "I Tried."
    What would have made Blackwood Farm better?

    I decided to give this book a listen on a long 20+ hour road trip and it made it feel more like 20 days. I couldn't even finish the last six hours of it.

    What would've made Blackwood Farm better would've been a better storyline with less unnecessary 3rd and 4th string story lines and d-list characters. The story was waaaaaay too wordy, even for Anne Rice. She's become too ridiculously purple over the years and after a while, it becomes more annoying than enjoyable.

    I used to love her, too. Interview and The Witching Hour are still in the top 10 of my all time favorite books... hence my choice to get this. Big mistake. Big. Huge.

    The protagonist, Quinn, was a total self-centered asshole. Everyone in the story pandered to him for reasons I couldn't figure out. Maybe the last 6 hours of the book explained it, but I'll never know because I can't give up that precious time in my life to bother finding out and I don't really care.

    Save yourself the time/money/credit. Get something (ANYTHING) else.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    David Pittu did a good job narrating, I'll give him that.


    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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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 10-17-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A Book Worthy of the Vampire Chronicles"

    This book is the 9th book in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicle series. The central character is a man named, Tarquin (Quinn) Blackwood who lives with his family on a farm in Louisiana near a swamp. He tells his and his family's stories to the vampire Lestat.

    I enjoyed this book. I found the story well-written and interesting, The characters were complex and it was easy to relate to them and their circumstances.

    The narrator, David Pittu gave a very good performance. I recommend this book to all who enjoy vampire tales and those who enjoy reading the writing of Anne Rice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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