Into this exotic New Orleans realm comes David Talbot, hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick's haunting tale - a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of the past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Mayan ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.
Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampires' world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.
©2000 by Anne O'Brien Rice; Copyright ©2000 by Random House, Inc.
"Rice offers a haunting look at the separate but equally intriguing worlds of witches and vampires�" (Publishers Weekly)
This book was basically a series of flashbacks about characters no one cares about. We are told Merrick is this fantastic witch and she doesn't do ANYTHING to substantiate this claim other than some parlor tricks and mind reading - which any fledgling can do. I do not understand why the premise of the book, Louis wanting to speak to Claudia's ghost, was abandoned for 90% of the book so we could hear flashbacks about Merrick's dead relatives.
It was a good book to read. Not at all like Anne's other vampire books but just as good. I loved Merrick she is a cool character and very powerful.
A moving a tale as only Anne Rice can tell. The story line flows flawlessly
Graeme Malcolm, an exceptional reading, pleasant to listen too.
Vocal tones and inflections done with prefection.
I honestly tried over a dozen times to get through this audio book but I eventually had to tap out! The narrator made this the most painful story to listen to. I deleted it without first fishing the story and just mined on to the next book😣
ann Rice is an amazing writer and this book is amazing. However, I had a huge problem with the narrator in this story. he was muffled and quiet and not clear throughout the story. there was times that I has to hit the rewind button. I do not think it was his I just think it was the quality of the recording. the producer of this book should have known this and fixed it before this ever went to production!!
I enjoyed his overall narration and he was a perfect match for the voice of david but i did not like how he voiced other key characters in the story.
This book was a great read and is definitely one of Anne Rice's better novels.
If you came to this book hoping for the next exciting installment of the vampire chronicle series you might be very disappointed. The book is a good read but aside from the fact the book is narrated by one of our beloved vampires there is maybe a third of the content of the book that actually focuses on them. This book clearly fulfilled a desire of the authors to do a cross over of her two series the vampire chronicles and the mayfairer witches but doesn't really focus on either one.
This is the best one in the Vampire chonicles in quite some time. It left me wanting more, but intriqued enough to pick up the series again. I'd rate these characters as well-done as the original Vampire LeStadt.
I had only listened to/read one Anne Rice book before and had been pretty disappointed in it. But I decided to give her another chance, and I am so glad I did! This book is absolutely awesome! There is so much intrigue, darkness, and suspense in the book. It's characters were interesting and I was able to relate this book to the little I did know of her books. Great listen.
This is the first audio book I was unable to finish. Slow and tedious, I stuck with it for around half the book then gave up. The main characters attitude towards Merrick I found just a little creepy and the story didn't seem to be going anywhere.
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