"Like Interview with the Vampire, Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch intensity. . . . Narrated by Rice's most cherished character, the vampire Lestat, Memnoch tells a tale as old as Scripture's legends and as modern as today's religious strife."(Rolling Stone)
"Sensual...bold, fast-paced." (USA Today)
"Rice has penned an ambitious close to this long-running series. . . . Fans will no doubt devour this."(The Washington Post Book World )
"[Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."(The Seattle Times)
©2014 Anne Rice; 2010 Random House Audio
Fan of philisophical fantasy, historic fiction, Victorian gothic, books that make you think!
I'd been looking forward to getting to this book in the Vampire Chronicles for a long time, and it did not disappoint. It is indeed much more philosophical than many readers might be prepared for, but I was sitting there with rapt attention, jaw hanging open, fully absorbed and fascinated by every word Memnoch had to say! Honestly, this might be the best book I've ever experienced. I'm already listening to it a second time so my boyfriend can experience it. He's the type to roll his eyes over anything involving vampires, so it was a hard sell, but he's just as entrenched in it as I was.
Memnoch delves into the fascinating origins of life as we know it and the evolution of religion on a scale that is difficult to encapsulate in a short review. If you want a true Vampire Story, you really won't find much of one here, but what you will find is a haunting, mesmerizing tale that is unlike anything you've ever heard before.
YES! I normally listen to my audiobooks while driving, and found I was just so engulfed with this one that driving became difficult. I gobbled it up with lightning speed!
Like I and other reviews have said- if you just want a Vampire Story, skip it. If you are a fan of physchologically introspective, philosophically compelling tales or find the subject of theology fascinating (I'm not Christian/religious at all, but find the origins or religion to be a very compelling subject) you must give this a try. Just embrace the story for what it is and you will find yourself questioning everything you ever believed, thought you didn't believe, or were told to believe.
Narration: Very well done EXCEPT for the voice of Lestat. The narrator was supposed to inflect a French accent but instead opted for a Transylvanian one.
Overall: The story is fine but could have used a nice editing job by deleting four chapters in the middle. I really did not need to hear for 1 1/2 hours of the "13 levels of evolution"... Really? This is a vampire story., but Rice manages to squeeze in her own opinions of creation and the the purpose of good and evil. I don't mind a good philisophical discussion but not while I think I'm reading a fictional vampire story.
Yes. In another 10 years, when I partially forget the story.
Memnoch's allure lies in it's tantalizing and strange vision of heaven and hell, God and the devil. Is her view of the cosmos correct? Probably not. But, it sure is detailed.
Memnoch the Devil is among the most strangley alluring books ever written. Anne Rice gives us a vision of heaven, hell, God and the devil. It's compelling, challenging and so descriptive you almost believe it.
Great read. Gives you one perspective on what it must be like to do the same job for thousands of years.
NOTE: This is my opinion & my opinion only.
The description, although it says takes you to heaven and hell, does not tell you that it is a horrible distortion of Christian-Judaeo story of Christ and God. The initial story makes the reader believe that this is another good Anne Rice book but quickly dissolves into a shameful, distorted version of God in heaven, satan's fall, the crucifixion and resurrection. The gist of it all is that Lestat meets some people, experiences non-vampire love, kills a curator of ancient artifacts, agrees to protect the curator's daughter and then dives into abyss. I will be insisting my money be returned. The description gives you NO indication of what trash you will be reading.
This story trudges at best: limited action, predominantly dialogue or monologue, and a confusing mix of beliefs and fiction.
Content issues aside. The characters are limited (poorly developed) and the reading is not commensurate with previous performances. It is often difficult to tell who is talking, the curator, God, Memnoch or Lestat, even the young lady is indistinguishable. Usually the accents and voice quality make for clear differentiation. I often find I am several sentences, or paragraphs into dialogue before I figure out that we have switched characters. This time the performance is mediocre at best.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREDITS OR CASH ON THIS BOOK! It's not just content issues, but the entire performance does not make it worth listening to. Just because there is a vampire in the story (that bites Christ's neck during his walk to his crusifixion...GEEZ!) Does this rate as a vampire story, nor does it fit in with the series.
What a poor, selfish, indulgent and insulting write. Shame on Anne Rice. And, way to go Audible. If the description was better, I never would have bought the book and felt the need to leave such harsh feedback.
I was working my way through the Anne Rice series, but now I am not so sure. I keep thinking how much further will she go afield of the vampire theme. Do I really want to bother with her stories any longer. I think she pretty much milked the topic. I'll have to find a new series to enjoy...what that will be, I don't know.
Created separate characters. Needed distinct tone and inflection. Paused a second more between speaker changes. Gosh, anything to make it clear who was speaking each time. There are at least 6 dominant characters in the book and only on occasion could I immediately tell it was Lestat speaking.
I would remove the entire story line of Memnoch in relation to religion. He's a devil...find something else. Lots of ways to make another scary being that Lestat runs into. This is a lame attempt to distort existing story lines in history. Cheap version of a docu-drama!
GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!
DON'T WAST YOUR PRECIOUS TIME OR MONEY!
Please make certain to post this opinion. I realize these are posted at Audible's discretion, but I think for other readers with a personal belief, this will insult and anger them. Like I said, I bought it for a great vampire story and was completely blindsided by writing that goes against my personal beliefs. People should be adequately warned so they may be prepared before they purchase.
This book was such a bore to sit through. So much nonsense about heaven and hell. This ruined Lestat. Uuuuuuuuugh, I hope the next book is like the first few and not like this one.
"The natural man receives not the things of the spirit because they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned."
A finely crafted tale that while it is shamelessly blasphemous it is artful, painting whole worlds and landscapes so vividly you almost see them. The tail is told with such emotion that at times your heart may skip a beat and the portrait of God and even the Devil, while not original is certainly compelling and deceptive.
Humans always portray God and his adversary in human terms, giving them human thoughts and motivations and devil worshippers have always portrayed the adversary of the Most High God as a bringer of light - "he's not such a bad guy, just misunderstood." When the reality is quite the opposite. God is not a man but spirit and he says of himself "my thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways." If God is a man, then we are truly all doomed. Thank goodness he is not.
That said, this book both disturbed me and entertained me, repulsed me and provoked thought, which, may have been the authors intention I'm sure. If so - then mission accomplished!
in this book in the series Lestat is merely a listener, as Memnoch shares the history of creation. A close and intimate look at God, the devil and how it all came to be. Anne Rice manages to take us into a biblical tale within the Vampire Chronicles, well executed leaves us with a big deal to think about.
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