"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.
I was not impressed with this novel. I felt like Anne started to get bored or was forced to finish this story, either way the account of how Memnoch came to be, and how he happened to find Lestat.... I also find Lestat's questions infuriating, mainly because he finally gets the opportunity to have his questions answered and he still doubts and intettupts Memnoch repeatedly. It just made digesting the story for me though, like a badly cooked piece of steak.
Bizarre, convoluted theology spun from the dregs of non-canonical source documents. Catholicism at its worst!!
I very much enjoyed the first two books in the series but the more the series continues I find that I may not be able to. In this story we do not find the bold, confident, and cocky (anti)hero that we have come to know. In fact, we don't really find much of a vampire story at all. The story is more less a struggle of religious belief. No longer questioning whether or not God and the devil exists but if they are really what traditional belief has us believing and in the process the main character, the star of the story is portrayed as a coward. I can't seem to shake the feeling that the author has used Lestat to sell her new theory of religious beliefs, something she has struggled with through the entire series thus far.
Simon Vance did a great job at narrating the story. He have possibly been the only reason I finished the story at all.
I think it's painfully clear that Anne Rice wasn't really in the mood to write a vampire novel when she wrote this, so instead, she wrote something very different and then slapped a vampire title on it hoping no one would notice. Definitely my least favorite in the series thus far.
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