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Merrick | [Anne Rice]

Merrick

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.
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Publisher's Summary

At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch, Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de colors libres, a cast derived from the black mistresses of white men, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons, steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where the African and the French - the white and the dark - intermingle. Her ancestors are the Great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing - and from whom she inherits the power and magical knowledge of a Circe.

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.

What the Critics Say

"Rice offers a haunting look at the separate but equally intriguing worlds of witches and vampires�" (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ariadna Montebello, CA, USA 02-08-07
    Ariadna Montebello, CA, USA 02-08-07
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    "Good"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Elmendorf , TX, USA 03-28-03
    James Elmendorf , TX, USA 03-28-03
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    "Merrick (Unabridged)"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    05-19-08
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    "Very good"

    If you like Anne Rice,you will like it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Grand Baton Rouge, LA 05-07-05
    Deborah Grand Baton Rouge, LA 05-07-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Rice's most interesting new characters in a while"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 08-13-03
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 08-13-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Wonderful!"

    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.

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    Richard A. Bermack 04-06-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Merrick -unabrideged read by Graeme Malcolm"

    I especially liked the reader Graeme Malcolm's reading. I hope he will do more readings of Anne Rice's work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne McDonough, GA, United States 11-29-13
    Dianne McDonough, GA, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "disappointing for Anne Rice."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, because it seems as though she was picking previous characters and re-telling parts of their stories. Too tame for Anne Rice.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Rice again?

    I don't know.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    I like his voice; very pleasant.


    Do you think Merrick needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. She does not play a substantial role. She is mostly listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Youngsville, LA, United States 05-30-12
    Shannon Youngsville, LA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "If you've seen the movie(s) then read the books"

    Writing a review for the entire series

    ... but not in reverse. I found some of the series to really stick with and really not gel with one another. I'm only giving this harsh criticism because it was marketed as a series, I truly think each book should stand on its own. Some of the stories, for me, were fantastic, others were just plain dull. If you are a truly Anne Rice fan then I'm assuming you will love all of these.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    longie 03-12-12
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    "Great Listen"
    What did you love best about Merrick?

    The characters were very easy to get to know. Narrator was awesome!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Merrick?

    When Quin and Mona met.


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?


    Queen!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All in all, great read.


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    Erica Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 11-06-11
    Erica Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A lovely guilty pleasure"

    Anne Rice is my version of fast food literature. Always tasty and probably a little bad for the soul, but entirely enjoyable!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    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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