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The Vampire Armand | [Anne Rice]

The Vampire Armand

In this installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring you the story of Armand - eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand first appeared in all his dark glory in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. Also available abridged.
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Publisher's Summary

In this installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring you the story of Armand - eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand first appeared in all his dark glory in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author worldwide as a magnificent storyteller and creator of magical realms.

Now, travel with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood - a ruined city under Mongol dominion - and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance you see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.

As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.

The Vampire Armand is Volume 6 of The Vampire Chronicles.

©1998 by Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)1998 by Random House, Inc.

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    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-15-03
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-15-03
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    "OK Book, Not So Great Reader"

    The Vampire Armand is an OK book, definately worth reading if you're a Vampire Chronicles fan. Like other reviewers, I think I would have enjoyed the reading of this book more if there had been a better reader -- at least someone who could do a wide rage of voices and accents (the reader of Blood and Gold would have been a better choice). Armand has always been such a sexy, passionate character, but this reader's rendition seemed to take all the joy out of Armand. In addition, this book is the first in which Ms. Rice delves into religous issues with her vampire, and unlike other books, it just comes off boring and overdone. If you're a fan of the series, then you must listen, if not, it's OK to pass. Listen to Blood and Gold instead.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Bellenoit 04-01-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Narration not good"

    My two least favorite Vampire Chronicles are Vittorio the Vampire and The Vampire Armand. Unfortunately, I think I may have liked the books better had they been read by someone else, such as the narrator for "Blood and Gold". I just couldn't get excited about the books because the narrator sounds so bored. He reads with no expression and a draggy, monotone voice, that just makes me not want to listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Seibert 03-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "New narrator needed..."

    This is a wonderful story, however, a new narrator is desperately needed! The gentelman that narrates this story is American, and speaks as such with no accent. Anyone who's read the book, or even just listens to it knows that he is from Rome. His tone is very bland as well. I would have been thrilled with this book and have given it 5 stars had they gave someone with a strong European accent the part.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David San Jose, CA, United States 08-03-04
    David San Jose, CA, United States 08-03-04 Member Since 2004

    Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area

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    "listen to sample - bad reader - good story"

    Actually - if you listen to the reader - after about 5 minutes on the sample - the narrator is less nasal on his "R"s and "N"s and his accent less pronounced - but man - what a bad choice of readers- bad tonation of voice. Simply all wrong. I've done voice acting - man - what was the director thinking taking this direction with this guy.. Well listen to the free sample yourself.. and if you get past it and can stand it - then its ok I suppose. The story is as good as any other Anne Rice Novels - such as Blood and Gold.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Pittsburgh, PA, USA 06-05-03
    Daniel Pittsburgh, PA, USA 06-05-03
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    "The Vampire Armand"

    The Vampire Armand is one of the more interesting books in the Vampire Chronicles. Despite what the previos reviewer has said, I thought the narration to be fine, and have listened to this book more than once.

    This book tells the story of the life and making of Armand. It is a very interesting and compelling story of a young man, made a vampire.

    I highly recommend this book!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    David WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ, United States 03-18-14
    David WHITEHOUSE STATION, NJ, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sick. Thanks for screwing up the series Anne Rice"
    What disappointed you about The Vampire Armand?

    The book is about a boy and a man having sex and it goes into a massive amount of detail. I'm sorry, but I don't want to read about a boy and a man having sex and I don't think anyone does. She writes on and on and on about the details of these of interactions. I understand that her vampires are bisexual and that is fine, but boy and man. Sorry but not for me.


    What could Anne Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written such a sick book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Leave out the boy and man sex


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vampire Armand?

    Leave out the boy and man sex


    Any additional comments?

    Did she try and destroy the series on purpose?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandstress Somerset, NJ United States 08-22-13
    Sandstress Somerset, NJ United States 08-22-13
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    "The story was OK, but the narration is dull."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I did not like this audiobook as much as the other two Anne Rice books I have listen to on Audible (Pandora and Interview With The Vampire). I'm sorry to say that the narration was so hard to listen to that it was hard to get through it. There is a kind of monotony to his voice that is annoying. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the book more with a different narrator. With the other two Rice books that I listened to, I couldn't wait to hear what was coming next. In this case, each chapter was like a chore that I just had to get through. It's strange how the reader can change the entire experience of the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anne Rice before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as some of the others.


    Did The Vampire Armand inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James W. Carlin Long Beach, CA 10-23-12
    James W. Carlin Long Beach, CA 10-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not at the peak"
    Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    I enjoy Anne Rice's vampire chronicles, both the classic and the new, but I believe this is the weakest of all of her story lines.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anne Rice before, how does this one compare?

    Not at the peak of her writing. This is my least favorite of all including the Mayfair witches series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    I'm really not sure, was disappointed in the reading. Tonal quality was bland in my opinion and pronunciation of some words wrong, including some of the names of the vampires in the classic roles.


    Could you see The Vampire Armand being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-12-11
    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-12-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Really slow, and boring"

    First let me start by saying I love almost everything written by Rice, however this one was a really snoozer. Save your money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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