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.
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.
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.
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.
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
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.
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!
The narration ruined this book. It was monotone without inflection, differing voice or varied cadence. I had to stop listening because it was so bad that I could not even fall asleep to it.
I could turn it off.
This was a clear disservice to the author. A rerecording is in order.
Honestly, I don't know if the story is any good. I couldn't get past chapter 3. All I could hear is the narrator drone on and on. It was as if he had no knowledge of how Armand is portrayed in the previous books. I do not recommend listening to this one. Maybe the abridged version is better or actually reading it...
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.
Not as good as some of the others.
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.
Not at the peak of her writing. This is my least favorite of all including the Mayfair witches series.
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.
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.
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