It begins in the early 1900s when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does he know that the mummy, one Ramses the Great, a.k.a. Ramses the Damned, has consumed an extraordinary potion that makes him immortal; only the powerful rays of the sun are needed to bring him to life. Transported to London, the mummy dispenses with his wrap and takes on a human guise. As Reginald Ramsey, he immediately captures the heart of Stratford's daughter, Julie, who is privy to his unnatural secret but can't resist his stunning good looks. All goes well until Reginald comes across Cleopatra, his long-lost love, under glass in a museum. Unable to bear the sight of this once-glorious Queen now on gruesome display, he decides to bring her back to life...a decision he will live - forever - to regret.
The ancient world collides with the modern one in Anne Rice's richly erotic yet sentimental love story that resonates with the macabre.
©1989 by Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)1989 by Random House, Inc.
This was my favorite book, I've had at least 3 paperback copies that I have worn out! I was very excited to have it on my phone, at my fingertips.... then it wouldn't download, I re-downloaded it several times, even going so far as to delete the app and re-install and it wouldn't work. Finally customer service was able to get it to play.... and what a disappointment. It was the 'abridged' version (unabriged not available) and it bounced around and cut out so much that the story didn't make any sense- AND I KNOW THE STORY! I feel bad for anyone who downloads this book and doesn't know the 'true' Anne Rice book. Don't waste your credits on this one like I did.
I honestly don't know anyone who would prefer this version of a classic story.
I love Anne Rice, but I have learned my lesson and will not be purchasing abridged versions, nor those narrated by Michael York in the future.
Lose the music, lose the narrator (the narrator of the Vampire series would've been a better choice), and look more closely at how the editing and cutting of the original story affects how the final version feels. This felt too choppy, too much cut out that really did not allow you to connect with the story as fully as you'd want. And the narration felt more like the narrator was reading a children's bedtime story. It was nearly painful to listen to, and if I had another book ready on my queue while at work I would've played it instead.
Not the way it was performed and cut. No.
I was so very much looking forward to listening to this book, I've read and reread it in print for years and years and was looking forward to having the characters "come to life", instead I feel as if someone were reading me a poorly written fan fiction version of one of my favorite stories.
I own a hard copy of this book and the Abridged version does it no justice. The narrator was just okay but the editing was awful. I recommend buying the actual book, this audible is bad.
I have previously read this as a book and bought this version to listen to on a long drive. I have to say, this was disappointing. The first part of the recording was reasonable in regards to the book, but the last part of the recording strayed so far from the book that the entire meaning was lost for the most part.
Michael York is FANTASTIC as a reader and his voice is capable of changing to match the characters he is speaking for. He is the only real plus for this recording.
So disappointed that this was not the full novel. The narrator did a good enough job, but the corny radio style music and sound effects detracted/ distracted from the story. The abridged version did not have the full flavor of the novel, and it seemed the shallow characters hurtled toward the finish. I wish "abridged" were written with large bright letters across the novel with a skull and crossbones or international "no" symbol so I will never make this mistake again.
This is one of the few Anne Rice stand alone novels, no sequel... yet. It's smooth and audible has done a fairly good job at having Micheal York narrate. Please be aware though, this narration is missing chunks of plot line and conversation from the original text. It's lost the very fine details that make Anne Rice shine.
This story started out great and I was really enjoying it when it ended abruptly!🤔...it was as if someone came in and suddenly grabbed Anne Rice and said, "Stop wasting time on that, the Vampire Chronicles are a big hit, let's do more there"...we are left hanging...
Michael York did a wonderful job, his voice propels you into the characters and story...too bad..
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