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
“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)
I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
If you are a fan of Anne Rice, you will love this audiobook. If you are not, as I am usually not... you will still fall for the voluptuous, mystical, and grandiose language that Rice uses to weave a spell around you as you listen to the story of Louis, the reluctant vampire, Claudia, the beautiful child who is also a perfect killer, and of Lestat, the dramatic, reckless and rampant vampire who doesn't understand and is impatient with Louis and his precious pain. Simon Vance does his usual masterful job. He is the reason I took a chance on this book. As I said.. I'm not the usual Anne Rice fan... Vance's narration made me one.
I think this book was well written and well read :) very good story and characters that you could actually like...AWESOME BOOK
Overall this book was pretty good. The second half was really boring compared to the first half, but overall it kept my interest and was well-written.
What a great listen. I enjoy it every time and Simon Vance makes the dead come to life. Download it you won't be sorry.
The main character of this book, Louis, is rather whiny and unlikable. But, surprisingly, the book itself (read with all of Simon Vance's immense talent) was highly enjoyable. Go figure.
I gave this book two stars because it's well written. This I can appreciate. I keep thinking that there must be something else to make it worthy of recommendation, but nothing has come to mind. I don't object to vampire, supernatural, or sci/fi themes. I enjoyed all of Stephanie Meyer's books, including The Host, as well as Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches. If you are looking for suspense, depth, humor, humanity, and a glimmer of light somewhere in the darkness, take your pick of these. If you prefer page after page of grisly violence and unrelenting despair, then spend your money on Interview with a Vampire.
Winter's coming -- almost time to huddle up with my ipod and hot chocolate!
but far more florid and dated than I expected. I enjoyed it, but found myself mentally tapping my toe and sighing through some of the more lengthy passages. Once upon a time it was considered original and new -- now there are better examples of the genre, IMO. Louie comes across as a whiny stick in the mud and I just wanted to slap him and say "Snap out of it!"
I love Simon Vance; and this is a wonderful book. However, I have been forever spoiled by listening to it as narrated by Frank Muller. Had I not done so, I would rave about Simon Vance's performance. I love his other narrations. But, listening to Frank Muller perform the Vampire Chronicles sets an unattainable standard. The sublime perfection of Frank Muller's understated yet perfect characterizations is unparalleled. Once heard, it is like getting used to driving a Farrari and then having to drive an old Ford Fairlane to listen to anyone else. Don't get me wrong. I love Simon Vance. But once I had gotten Frank Muller's interpretation into my head for these characters, I could not help making the comparisons. So, unless Audible should one day make those available (and I pray with all my heart that they do as they are out of print and very hard to find, even in libraries), do not seek them out to borrow only. Listening to them would spoil any other readings for you. Enjoy these. You cannot go wrong with these. They are quite well done. However, should you get a chance to not borrow but OWN the Frank Muller readings, so that you can go back to them over and over as you will undoubtably want to; then do not pass Go, do not collect $200, go directly to purchasing them, begging them, or stealing them (well, no, don't steal them; that would ruin the joy). I hope that Audible reads this and tries their hardest to obtain them as they would not only be a wonderful addition to their collection, but would be a priceless step towards completing their collection of the works of perhaps the finest audio narrator of all time, Frank Muller who rises above all others I have heard with the only possible exception of Jim Dale.
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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.
It doesn't deserve one star. Ninety percent of the book is about how depressed, guilty and suicidal Louis felt and on and on. It's all about how he doesn't want to kill human but did it anyways, I swear, that sums it all up. It's like listening to an American that pretends to be French that whines and complains for 14 hours. This book has such fine literature but so painstakingly boring. I've heard high praises about this book so I forced myself to get through 12 hours of the book. But I just cannot finish it. I thought I could get some meaning out of this book if I just listen to it long enough, but then I realized this book is merely one nonsense after another. I have no words to describe how meaningless and silly the whole plot is. It feels like the author just comes up with something random without any purpose. This whole book is build up with beautiful and sophisticated words. It's filled with so much insipid details. Sheer literature garbage. Do yourself a favor and don't buy it. It'll be your worst Audible choice.
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