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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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    Grace Edina, MN, United States 06-02-11
    Grace Edina, MN, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2009

    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.

    7 of 12 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 2012

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Fullerton 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written story; characters with texture"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved listening to the story. I picked up on a few details I missed in the book.


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

    No book compares to the complexity of Interview with the Vampire. Anne Rice truly puts to words what a vampire would truly suffer in their long existence.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening with Simon Vance and I was very pleased with his performance however now that I've also listened to Queen of the Damned I much prefer the voice for Louie he gave then rather than the voice he gave him in this first book.


    Did Interview with the Vampire inspire you to do anything?

    Only to get The Vampire Lestat.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not for the die hard fans of Twilight. These immortals that Anne Rice has created here are not the same teenage romance creatures, they are truly feeling with deep and unfathomable love for those they feed on and for those they choose as companions. There is quite a bit of philosophy though it fits Louie very well being the thing he is in the time he was created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 05-06-13
    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't waste your time"

    This might not be a fair review as I'm not a fan of vampire stories, but my son said I would really like it. I didn't. I found it to be excessively wordy and quite redundant (how many times can you describe a vampire's appearance? Evidently a lot, because Anne Rice did it A LOT.) I got so tired of hearing the same thing over and over again that I quit listening. It's the first book that I never listened to the end.

    Perhaps if you're a huge Vampire fan this book might appeal to you, but it did less than nothing for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 03-19-13
    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.

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    "Spooky Fun"

    An interesting book that stays one step ahead of you the whole time. Different takes on the Vampire legends are always fun and entertaining to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Riverside, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Gregory Riverside, CA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great title, Awesome listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this title to a friend because its a born classic and what a Vampire story is really about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Interview with the Vampire?

    The process of becoming a Vampire comes up several times yet the mystery of how to do it properly isn't really answered, which leaves the imagination on overdrive.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I also listened to Vampire LeStat and it was equally as good.


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

    If I had the time I would have listened to the whole book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book to find out a true timeless love story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Lincoln, AR, United States 02-19-13
    Misty Lincoln, AR, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I didn't care for the long drawn out monolouges of the characters. Often the main characters insistance on relaying every tiny detail distracted from the story itself.


    Has Interview with the Vampire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I might try another author, but I'm not in any hurry to try another in the genre


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

    The narrator did a good job


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. L. Cranford Arizona 02-17-13
    D. L. Cranford Arizona 02-17-13 Member Since 2009

    dinahbele

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    "Not My Cup of Tea"

    I wanted to like this story, but I could not. Nothing good happens in the story and I found the whole thing rather depressing. That being said, the narrator was fantastic. I did not finish listening and returned the bokk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Acworth, GA, United States 11-26-12
    Chris Acworth, GA, United States 11-26-12

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    "Good Story... but..."

    If you are a fan of the movie, you should love the book. This book goes into the story of a vampire Louis and how he was created, developed, and the trials he faced as a "fledgling vampire" and how he interacted to today's world and lifestyles.

    Here is why I said but... I am almost finished with The Vampire Lestat and there are a few things that just don't add up, and many things that don't connect to the movie. I may change my opinion once I finish Lestat... look for my review there once I finish the book. :)

    So!!! If you have watched the movie, be prepared for more story and more depth to the characters and a few unexpected surprises that will make you want to watch the movie again just to compare!

    This is just my opinion don't hold me to it as a fact, for all you crazy vampire loving people out there who worship Ann Rice.. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Here-and-faraway Sunny California 11-22-12
    Here-and-faraway Sunny California 11-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A Pleasant Journey Back..."
    Where does Interview with the Vampire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read the book over a decade ago and had forgotten how good it was. I'm a working mom and usually the only chance I get to listen to books is when I'm doing other things (cooking, watching my son at soccer practice, etc.). This book was very easy to listen to while I was doing other things. I don't mean that as an insult. It was so well written that I could glide between it and other things with ease. It was a pleasure to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lyrical prose and soft narration.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. I enjoyed his performance. I agree that he does get a little "Bela Lugosi" at times, but I think it's pretty darn challenging to get an American accent with a native born French twist in it. As an American, his American accent was very poor, but forgivable, since it was rarely used in the story. I can't say what he did was perfect, but it was VERY VERY good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book didn't make me laugh or cry, but it definitely reignited my interest in Anne Rice. Like other critics have pointed out, the dialogue does tend to get bloated with philosophical ruminations, but the writing is so soft and lyrical, that the shortcomings are easily forgiven. I will definitely get the other books in the series with Simon Vance as the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    When a book really grabs me, I love to look up its publishing history. I couldn't believe that this title was originally released in 1976. I somehow had it filed away in my brain as a 90s novel. This book is well over 25 years old and does not feel dated. The author definitely deserves credit for its timelessness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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