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Interview with the Vampire Audiobook

Interview with the Vampire

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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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    bet 06-09-11
    bet 06-09-11 Member Since 2014
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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!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-08-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Was better on the big screen...."

    I loved the movie and so it pains me to say this but had I read/listened the book first, I probably never would have watched the movie. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good story and I loved the history aspect of it. Rice is a great writer and the narration is superb too. However, overall, I really didn’t get much out of this audiobook and feel like it was more of a waste of time than anything else. A tad disappointing from my perspective but by no means would I consider this a bad book in any way. It's just not as good as I remembered it to be.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 06-17-14
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2016

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "movie ruined it for me i guess"
    Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or Simon Vance?

    def. by simon vance, he's great. ill stay away from this vampire series for now.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Rice? Why or why not?

    no, not for a while. at the same time i can still encourage people to the story, the way she wrote it i didn't expect.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he always sounds like he's directly from the story, he's better then b. pitt as louie


    Do you think Interview with the Vampire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    i wouldn't read it, their is a series but my expectation was different so I'm staying away.


    Any additional comments?

    50% of the book seemed like poetry from the vamps point of view, wasn't as dark or horror filled as i though it would be. lots of mellow drama but i can see why people are into it

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Edina, MN, United States 06-02-11
    Grace Edina, MN, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2012

    Integer-Vitae

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    "Long time coming but worth waiting for Simon Vance"

    We had to wait till "The Girl Who...." was wrapped up in narration by Simon Vance, master reader... so perfect that now we get to hear the story we have relished, the story Anne Rice would not write again today, an now Vance unwraps the present of this gift already leaked out, no turning back and so perfect the writing and so perfect the voice to go with it! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    So well these words came from the ink, so well it falls from the tongue, so well it enters our ears and imagination again. Of coarse it is worth the buy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Now, go read modern Jungian analysts on how they frame the story of all of this "Vampire" craze after Rice tipped the first big domino.... and see why it is we are so captivated by the subject of the reality of every day vampires throughout our culture and even in ourselves. So dark, let's get lost and find ourselves and illumine and see through this archetype about us.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis 09-25-16
    Alexis 09-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "wish i didnt buy this"
    Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or Simon Vance?

    no


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

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the narrator was just awful. his voice creeped me out i just couldn't. i wasted my money on this book and really wish i hadnt..


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i wish i could exchange it for something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JLynnOKC 09-20-16
    JLynnOKC 09-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this"

    I'm sad it's over. Will be reading again. I loves Simon Vance was amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Henderson Pierre, SD 09-12-16
    Timothy Henderson Pierre, SD 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "still the best."

    I loved this story. I remember reading it years ago. thank you Anne for bringing great entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miranda Stefan 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    This was one of the most beautifully written books that I have ever read, Ann Rice is an amazing writer. I had a vary hard time putting this book down, it is a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    randi 09-07-16
    randi 09-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love it"

    the reader isn't bad, but could use someone more exciting to read it. someone with a bit more life in their voice. but I'll always love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Monique87s 08-29-16
    Monique87s 08-29-16 Member Since 2014

    Sedionia Wheatfall

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    "What a waste of a credit"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Least emo from Louis. He just cried the whole about his lost soul. I was over it half way through the book, but this was a book club, so I had to finish it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know, but it will not be anything by Anne Rice, unless it is abridged.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    He is okay, His accents are a little weird, but not horrible. I would listen to another book narrated by him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Interview with the Vampire?

    I would have cut 7 hours this book. It was all the same in the end. Louis still crying about his lost soul.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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