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.
Boring, Armand is the worst character, a spoiled butt boy.
The worst of the vampire chronicles series, but good enough to tell the story
The worst of the vampire chronicles, skip it and save your money. Its not essential to the series.
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 narrator is horrible. Hopefully they make a new audio version with Simon Vance. There is a difference between someone reading a book AT you and TO you.
I love Anne Rice and her books. Especially the Vampire Chronicles. I have read all of them, but now I'm listening. Although the story itself is great, this narrator drives me to distraction when compared to the other narrators. He feels uninvolved in his own story. When he uses the characters voices,Jonathon Marosz is fine. But as the character Armand is telling his story, Marosz gives him no personality. My rating of the book is strictly on the content, not on the read. I will avoid future listens when I see his name as the narrator. I wish that Roger Rees had been the narrator for this as he did such a great job with Blood and Gold.
If you absolutely need to experience every detail this is your only unabridged audio option. The narrator (Marosz) is terrible as Armand although every other character is pretty good and decently distinct. His pronunciation of many words leaves much to be desired. Overall Marosz's narration is passible at best. The story is decent but be warned it spends much time on many sex scenes (most involving one or more young boys) that do nothing to really serve the story and could ultimately be skipped and nothing would be missed.
If you do not need every detail or would prefer brief and fewer depictions of sex scenes and just the bare essentials then the abridged version is more for you. The abridged narrator (Alfred Molina) as Armand is far better and much easier on the ears but the other characters are far less distinct as the Molina has far less vocal variation. Unfortunately, Molina's pronunciation of many words is also grating, for instance he pronounces Lestat as "Leshtaht". Quite annoying.
Ultimately a new recording with a new narrator would better serve this story. Hopefully some day we will get one.
Closer to the top.
Armand, the main character. You both loved, hated, and felt compassion for him.
I enjoyed his performance.
Armand and Marius. This is also a great companion book to "Blook and Gold" which is Marius' story. Marius was Armand's maker.
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