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Servant of the Bones | [Anne Rice]

Servant of the Bones

Having created fantastic universes of vampires and witches, Anne Rice now carries us into the realms of the occult, the mystical and the magical, and into the presence - now and through centuries - of a dark and luminous hero: the powerful, witty, smiling Azriel, Servant of the Bones. Also available abridged.
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Having created fantastic universes of vampires and witches, Anne Rice now carries us into the realms of the occult, the mystical and the magical, and into the presence - now and through centuries - of a dark and luminous new hero: the powerful, witty, smiling Azriel, Servant of the Bones.

Azriel is ghost, demon, angel - in love with the good, in thrall to the evil - and he pours out his heart to us, telling us his astonishing story. He takes us back in time to his own mortal youth in the magnificent city of Babylon. In a time of bloody wars and religious upheavals, he falls victim to a royal plot compounded by his devotion to his Hebrew God - only to be plucked from death by evil priests and sorceresses and transformed into a genii commanded to do their bidding.

Challenging these forces of destruction, Azriel embarks on his perilous journey through time - from Babylon's hanging gardens, to Europe during the black Death, to Manhattan in the 1990s - and ultimately to his crucial confrontation with the twentieth-century embodiment of all that he has struggled against.

As Azriel's quest approaches its climax, he dares to use and to risk his supernatural powers in the hope of forestalling a world-threatening conspiracy, and redeeming, at last, what was denied him so long ago: his own eternal human soul.

©1996 by Anne O'Brien Rice; Packaging Corporation Copyright ©1996 by Random House, Inc.

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    Stephanie Littleton, MA, United States 06-06-04
    Stephanie Littleton, MA, United States 06-06-04 Member Since 2002

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Prepare for"

    Not one of Anne Rice's best. It starts out interesting and begins to develop nicely. Then the spririt begins to wail...and moan... and pretty much annoy the heck out of the listener. It's bad enough having no real plot throughout the entire story, but to listen to this monotone drone about...well actually nothing...is too much to bear. But stick with it because in the end comes the great finale, then end of mystery that is simply...well...stupid. I'm sorry I didn't get the abridged version, unless of course the abridged version has the 'spirit's' dialoge. In either case, prepare for a long boring experience. This is one of the rare Anne Rice's that I would skip.
    And I'll give the reader one more chance, but PLEASE try not to sound like you're bored with the whole experience too!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-02-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-02-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointing"

    All I can say is disappointing. Anne Rice normally does such a great job, but this book isn't the least bit interesting in my opinion. I love her Vampire Chronicles books, but not this one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 11-06-08
    Trish 11-06-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Unimpressed."

    I happened to listen to this audio book (the abridged version) a little over 10 years ago and had enjoyed it, and upon seeing that there was now an unabridged version available, I jumped at the opportunity to listen to it in its entirety. I wasn't impressed. The reader is dry places, and too melodramatic in others. The idea behind this story had potential for greatness, but I found the main character to be very whiny and hard to stomach. At times he just seemed too dumb to have the wisdom of the centuries behind him. For most of the book he seemed utterly lacking for me to ever consider him a romantic hero. He started off well enough - brave and self-sacrificing, but he fizzled rather quickly for my tastes. The story behind his last "master of the bones" was over-the-top and unbelievable. Take from this review what you will.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Odenville, AL, United States 01-20-13
    Pamela Odenville, AL, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Published poet/author, retired public school science teacher, classical dance educator/choreographer, editor, illustrator and avid reader/Audible fan.

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone into historical demonology


    What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

    It was written without the vivid descriptions that Anne Rice embellishes all of her wonderful books with. It was one word after the other....and a topic that bothered me in an odd way. I simply could not get into it....follow it....or attach myself to it in anyway that could persuade me to finish it.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    Michael Prichard was monotone, with no clear distinctions between character that kept me confused and frustrated.


    What character would you cut from Servant of the Bones?

    I simply didn't care for the subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a hard core Anne Rice fan, but this book appeared to be written by someone else...totally out of her classic style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Baltimore, MD, USA 01-12-08
    Julie Baltimore, MD, USA 01-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Tedious!"

    It's hard to explain that I liked the story DESPITE the telling, but that's how it is. I was interested enough to stick with it, but it dragged on and on with such dry reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Wichita, KS, United States 06-13-07
    Peggy Wichita, KS, United States 06-13-07
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    "To Short"

    The book is very good but, as a lot of Ann's books they do not do it justice by only offering it abridged. This is the fault of random house not Ms. Rice.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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