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Interview with the Vampire | [Anne Rice]

Interview with the Vampire

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.
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Publisher's Summary

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

©1976 Anne Rice (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.” (Washington Post)

“If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.” (Boston Globe)

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    James Grand Rapids, MI, United States 06-05-11
    James Grand Rapids, MI, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"

    I had only seen the movie. It was good, but listening to the book narrated by Simon Vance is great. Immediately bought Lestat.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    06-01-11
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    "Apropos!"

    I've been cursing (to my uninterested wife) Audible, for at least the last year for not having Anne Rice's quintessential books unabridged. Audible has definitively and irrevocably solved that problem today. Simon Vance is a brilliant orator who satisfies this burgeoning classic for audiobookephiles (yes I [may have] just coined a new English word) of the most discriminating variety. This is a beautiful title in many facets, purchase without hesitation.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Jersey City, NJ, United States 06-04-11
    Adam Jersey City, NJ, United States 06-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "New Editions!"

    This new recording of Anne Rice's classic book is welcome and thrilling. It's most important to know that these audiobooks (including "Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned") are not reissues of the unabridged CDs that were made years ago with Frank Muller doing the reading. I know that many listeners enjoy Mr. Muller's work, but I found his reading of The Vampire Chronicles to be far too mannered and "affected." I listened to the earlier CDs primarily because I'm a big fan of the Chronicles; but I always had a hard time getting past Mr. Muller's voice. I don't wish to be cruel about Mr. Muller - as I said, I know he has many fans, and has had a long and successful career as a voice actor - it's just that personally, I cannot appreciate the vocal mannerisms he uses and the type of performance he gives.

    Now, thankfully, and at last, we have another award-winning Master Storyteller (Simon Vance) re-telling these tales! Within the first few minutes of listening, I knew that this would be the version that I could love and listen to over and over again. Mr. Vance easily evokes the "correct" atmosphere in his narrative, and moves between dialects as if he were a "Complete Cast" on his own. Sections that seemed awkward poetically in Mr. Muller's performance, now are rich, imaginative and evocative.

    I am thrilled to recommend this to fans and first-timers alike. If you've heard the previous recording - even if you like it - you will love this new one. Fingers tightly crossed in the hope that Mr. Vance will also record "Tales of the Body Thief" and finally give us an unabridged recording of "Memnoch the Devil" (which has only ever been recorded in an abridged format).

    Finally, I've heard Anne Rice say that she thinks that "The Witching Hour" (and probably "Lasher" and "Taltos") will be recorded in an unabridged format soon. Now THAT'S something to look forward to!! (Please, please, please....let it happen!)

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Roxalanne Canberra, Australia 08-16-11
    Roxalanne Canberra, Australia 08-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Unabridged at last - First class"

    The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice can only be fully enjoyed in the unabridged versions as the unfolding stories of the whole series are so complex and interconnected. Facts and incidents missing from any of the first books detract from the understanding and enjoyment of those following on.

    Simon Vance is as always an excellent narrator and in" Interview with the Vampire", strikes just the right voices for the characters. Serious, sad Louis and wild irresponsible Lestat came to life perfectly as I had imagined. If audible brings us the "Mayfair Witches" in unabridged versions also that will be an added bonus.
    Highly recommended to those already addicted and to listeners new to Anne Rice's work - these are the true vampires - don't expect tender romance or vegetarian vamps here!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 10-09-12
    Ian C Robertson South Australia, Australia 10-09-12 Member Since 2010

    Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.

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    "Standard Bearer for the Genre"

    As we approach the 'Teens there is, in my experience, an inordinate interest in the Vampire genre - Twilight, True Blood, Dark Shadows and even Hotel Transalvania are some examples. All of these (though I admit to having seen only the 1st Season of True Blood) pale into comparison with this excellent book. There are many things to like about it. Among my list are its level of detail,its lack of tasteless romance and pointless sensuality and its true Gothic insight. There is, of course, an element of romanticism and sensuality, but they are not at the forefront of the narrative. That narrative is dominated by Louis, Lestat, Armand and Claudia.
    If you have read Dracula, or Frankenstein, or Golem and enjoyed them, then you will probably enjoy this too.
    I waited a while to write the review. First I wanted to re-watch the film. I had remembered Lestat as a nicer character. He was in the Tom Cruise played role, but he is not in the book. I had remembered Christina as older (played by a very young Kirsten Dunst), but she is not in the book. This apart, the movie is a reasonably faithful adaptation and I enjoyed it again, as I did revisiting the book.
    And then for the performance; Simon Vance gives a super performance, again. He reprises some of his Dracula style (from the audio I listened to earlier this year and I have reviewed elsewhere). For me he held the book together when it was beginning to drain me (no pun intended). I think the book is a tad too long (hence the 3 stars for Story). The accent at the beginning was a bit hard to appreciate, but by the end it was absolutely right. Armand was pitched beautifully, too. Perhaps Claudia was the least effective character, but I suspect that is the tone of the book rather than the voice interpretation.
    Overall, I think the book a true standard bearer. I look forward to The Vampire Lestat in the not too distant future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 02-27-13
    Ken calgary, AB, Canada 02-27-13 Member Since 2011

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "a interesting tale without a sparkling twist"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i was actually recomended it to read and was impressed with the novel, i recomend that she should listen to it as well


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri 05-20-12
    Sheri 05-20-12
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    "LOUIS, THE FIRST BELOVED VAMPIRE EVER!"

    Who doesn't remember the first Vampire to be beloved for his tortured soul? His child vampire Claudia, the first ever child vampire in historical novels? Louis and his search for his lost soul gave us such a different look at the genre and this story was the reawakening of the love for "blood sucking vamps" that we had almost lost by the time Anne Rice wrote this. We were used to Christopher Lee and his brand of aloof and silent monster movies so when we fell in LOVE with Louis it was a whole new beginning for the genre of Vampires. Anne Rice became our Goddess of the Vampire stories, she introduced us to Louis and Claudia and Lestat and then went beyond to capture our hearts with more and more....this one is only the beginning. Expect to fall in love with the voice and the story all over again. Excellent narration too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 06-10-11
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 06-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "No One can beat Anne Rice"

    Having read the vampire trilogy by Anne Rice when they first came out, it was very nice to see them in an unabridged audiobook format.

    Excellent listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-10-11
    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Spellbinding"

    The narrator brings this classic alive. At times it was so real, I caught myself crouching down, looking from side to side out of fear. Much better than the movie.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bet rego park, NY, United States 06-09-11
    bet rego park, NY, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2007
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    "an old favorite, much loved!"

    I went through a phase in my very early twenties that would now be called goth...but 26 years ago it was just called weird! In a span of about two weeks of unemployment I read about 8 vampire novels including The Hunger, Salem's Lot, Dracula, etc, one of the best reading periods of my life! The book that started it all was finding a used copy on an old bookstore shelf of Anne Rice's 'Interview with the Vampire'....I still remember reading late into the night until the sun came up and my initial and abiding love for the world and the characters....so....now we have this new interpredation of the novel and I was so excited to see it, but I have some problems with it....
    While the novel holds up, I think the naration is not true to the story and actually ruins significant subliminal parts of it. This is, to my mind, a great 'American' horror novel - so, the British tone and feel by Simon Vance is off key. Also, this is a novel of eternal youth at the pinical of it's strength and beauty - the 25 year old Louis done by Vance makes Louis sound 45-55 years of age and that throws that sensation out the window. The accents are wrong, and as someone that loves Louisanna and New Orleans, I was very disappointed to lose that slow and beautiful accent of the French American Creole culture - it's part of the beauty and facination of the novel and it's not here. It is why so many tourists and fans of the novel still flock to NOLA to experience a wee taste of the sensations of reading Rice.
    I am sorry for those who will only do the audio in this instance and miss all the things that make the emotions and imagination run wild when reading it in book form.
    I am sorry for the person that only listened to 45 minutes and gave up - boy, did they miss a wonderful read!
    I am sorry that the very talented but mis-cast Simon Vance did this naration.
    I am not sorry that so many new readers will be absorbed into the wonderful and imaginative world of the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles - welcome!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Pamela
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    7/21/11
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    "One of the greatest Vampire stories"

    I love this story, it is truly epic and a story you can really get lost in. It is so atmospheric and I love all the history involved. You come to loath Lestat and feel for the narrator who had to put up with him for so long. It is brutal at times but brilliant and I can't wait to listen to the next part in the series. The narration is excellent as well; his voice is so easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • pooh
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Vampires explained in and elegant enchanting way."
    What made the experience of listening to Interview with the Vampire the most enjoyable?

    The narrator had a way of drawing you into the story making you feel as if you were part of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that Anne rice makes her characters seem very real. They have emotions and feelings such as loneliness. They love and need friendship even for a short time.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The chapter where Lestat saves his mother life. She is dying from TB. She becomes everything she was not able to be while she was alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had the time then yes. I read this book over a week. It was compelling listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Vampires from a different romantic, almost human angle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Derry, United Kingdom
    8/23/13
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    "Love this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yeah, I find it hard to read but love books they are always better than movies


    What other book might you compare Interview with the Vampire to, and why?

    I don't think I have a comparison Anne rice is by far my fav author


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

    Louis when I first read the book about 10 years ago that's how Louis in my head sounded not brad Pitts version


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My fav has always been the becoming of a vampire


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • monica
    Ireland
    4/11/13
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    "Interview with the vampire."

    Loved the film, but the book was hard going. Took a couple of attempts before I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • liam
    Morley, United Kingdom
    9/9/11
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    "Brilliant"

    I have always loved the film and despite owning the book for a number of years I have never finished it. The book adds a new dimension to the experience of the film as well as highlighting the differences that never made it to the silver screen.

    I bought the audiobook with the intention of ensuring it was finished this time and I was not disappointed! An excellent listen that has ensured that my next audible purchase will the Vampire Le Stat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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