A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return… From Anne Rice, perennial best-seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology - a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.
Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces - the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.
The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.
As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles - Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures - come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who - or what - the Voice is…
From the Hardcover edition.
©2014 Anne Rice (P)2014 Random House Audio
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
The Vampire Chronicles spans 38 (Real Life) years now. I read borrowed copies of “Interview With The Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestat” (which ended in a cliff-hanger) then waited what seemed like an eternity for “Queen of the Damned.” I read that novel, and the ten subsequent novels and the related Mayfair Witches novels as they were released. After Blood Canticle, I did not expect to ever meet my old fictional fiend-friends again.
This is the 13th book in the Vampire Chronicles. It is written in mixed 1st Person, and 3rd Person Narration, with Lestat primarily written in First person. It flows together very nicely and I did not initially even notice the change in narration Point of View. I was impressed by this. Often changing of points of view in this fashion jolts me out of the story, and in “Prince Lestat” that only happened once, and only for a few paragraphs. This is not a flaw in the book. I learned something new to me about writing that I need to study further.
There is noticeable product placement in “Prince Lestat.” Good for Ms. Rice. It isn’t done in a heavy handed way, and in this case (as apposed to some best selling novels where the product placement often is so blatant it seems more important then story,) using product brands enhances the story. This is modern age “Patronage.” Marius would approve. Celebrity Endorsements are more difficult for writers then musicians. The one issued that Ms. Rice doesn’t face with use of brand names is dating the story. Dating the story actually an enhancement when writing about the angst of immortal creatures.
Simon Vance did an amazing job reading this book. He got to warm up reading the long awaited unabridged version of “Memnoch the Devil.” Bravo Mr. Vance! Lestat’s accent comes and goes, French to American, or a Fusion of both. This was well done and realistic. Marius’ accent must have been a challenge. I would have made his spoken voice more languid and detached, however that is just my personal take on the character. This is also not a flaw. I’m looking forward to hearing him read “Memnoch,” but I’ll wait a weeks or so before taking that journey again.
I enjoyed every single word of “Prince Lestat.” There were several passages that moved me very deeply. I suspect other readers fill also find bits of their own mortal life’s journey reflected in this novel. If one has read all the preceding books, I believe you will find this 13th a welcome reunion with old friends. To me it felt like, “Putting on my old leather jacket once again, as Winter cold approaches.”
I do not recommend starting with this novel. If you haven’t read the preceding novels, I suggest that you go back and read “Interview With The Vampire,” “The Vampire Lestat,” and “The Queen of the Damned” before (if you really have to) skipping ahead to “Prince Lestat.” The reader will get the most out of this 13th book by reading all of them in order, as well as “The Witching Hour,” “Lasher,” “Merrick,” “Blackwood Farm” and “Blood Canticle.” I thought until recently that “Blood Canticle” was the end of the story. It most certainly is NOT.
Yes. All books by Anne Rice are good for multiple reads and this one is no exception.
Lestat of course
I have always been an avid fan of Anne Rice and own both the vampire chronicles and the mayfair witches in hardback. I had quite forgotten how much I enjoy Anne Rice's writing and was excited to see Prince Lestat offered here on Audible. The book was well narrated by Simon Vance, I always enjoy listening to Mr. Vance and thought he was an excellent choice to narrate this book. I appreciated the opening chapter which served as a brief overview or catch up from previous books since it has been such a long time between books. On a side note, the Witching Hour was one of my all time favorite books and I was disappointed to discover that this and many other Anne Rice books are only offered abridged. I would like to see more Anne Rice books offered unabridged here on Audible, I would likely buy them all.
K. K. Sutro
Yes I will definitely listen to it again just as soon as I finish collecting all the others on Audible!
Reading Prince Lestat reminded me dearly of whole series and all of the characters I didn't realize how badly I'd missed. If I had to compare this series to any other I'd have to say due to the sweeping vistas of character and visual development it's among good company with Terry Goodkind and Diana Gabaldon. Although the Subject matter is completely different they are all writers that whisk you away into their own worlds and make you want to stay.
Simon Vance is new to me but he was fantastic.
I had several extreme reactions, but this book, I came to understand was about the Brat Prince coming into his maturity, creating and owning his own Identity. Ann Rice has evolved her children of the night and as much as I want to weep for the loss of the way things were, I can't help but be relieved by the peace all of my favorite characters find and how they find it.
Dear Anne, Some Novellas here and there would be nice. Victor needs a story! Everrard is going to kick somone's butt I just know it, and if the "Twins" happen to appear hear and there it wouldn't be so bad would it?
I'm an Anne Rice fan & will always try again despite being sorely disappointed over the last decade. Some of her writing has evolved in a way that is too much of a departure from what I originally loved.
No, but it has made me very hesitant to purchase the next installment of the Vampire Chronicles if there is one.
Everyone sounded English! He could have done a better job of getting & staying in character.
Not at all, but I kept on going hoping that it would get better.
This book was not for me because I absolutely love the earlier installments of the chronicles. If you are an Anne Rice fan of old, meet the new Prince Lestat with care.
Readers of the Vampire Chronicles know that the first vampire, Akasha, was created when the spirit Amel entered her dying body and became one with her. He entered Mekare when she killed Akasha, and he must continue to live in his host or all vampires, everywhere, will die.
In this book, Amel become sentient. I can't say more without writing a spoiler, The premise is interesting, even if the resolution is predictable.
Rice is obviously providing for the continuation of the chronicles in a new environment. There's a huge cast of new characters, so much so that she provides a listing of them at the end of the book. Some of them are, like Amel, spirits; but unlike Amel, these spirits have learned to assume tangible form. I'd expect to see at least some of them in future installments. I'm hoping that Claudia will return based on the inclusion of the other spirit characters.
Prince Lestat shifts approach, providing a fresh storyline populated by new characters, that should keep us reading the Vampire Chronicles.
Simon Vance should not narrate them, though. His narration of this book was so off-putting that I shifted to the companion Kindle edition after only a few hours, and finished the book that way. He cannot differentiate accents for the various characters, in fact, his "accents" are awful. French is no different than American Southern than ancient Roman. Nor does he provide "voices" for the various characters, so often I didn't know who was speaking.
Vance also narrates books written by Ruth Downie, set in ancient Rome. One of the characters is Tilla, and I heard Tilla's voice in Vance's reading of Prince Lestat. I think that's when I bought the companion Kindle book.
Because Vance's awful narration caused me to spend more money to buy the Kindle edition, I'm thinking of returning the audiobook.
Overall, Prince Lestat is an enjoyable entry in the Vampire Chronicles, but Simon Vance's narration isn't. I hope he doesn't do any more books in the series.
In a small, peaceful town on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion.
I've read/heard and greatly enjoyed and admired several of Anne Rice's vampire chronicles. This one, not so much. The reading is superb, and for that matter, so is the writing. But the story falls short for me. Although devoted followers of the series will probably disagree--and I didn't come to the book expecting hand-to-hand combat among immortals--after 90 minutes of listening, when nothing whatever had happened, I gave up.
It may have very well been over a decade since I last read Anne Rice. So long away from these characters, I find it hard to feel for them the love that Anne Rice does. If someone is new to Lestat's world, then perhaps binge reading / listening to the entire series at once would make this book rewarding.
Sadly, I've had this audiobook for over a month and I've only made it 2/3s of the way through so far. The narration is done well but the overall "feel" is plodding and just.. well.. boring.
Perhaps it is Rice's attempts to make too many things feel "grand" in the story, as if we are being taken on a Disney style "on rails" ride through her land of enchantment.
Or maybe it is the non-American accent of the narrator. To my American ears, it is too easy for his British accent to sound pretentious.
"Prince Lestat" comes off as curated museum of Lestat's world and not an engaging story.
A terrific writer with the same old story.
Found this to be same old, same old & got very boring.
We have gotten the best she has to give on Vampires before!
Pop ups from old favorite characters were nice everyone got a cameo, however the references to other books and flash backs were tedious and seemed to rehash items unnecessarily. Some descriptions were verbose while others lacking.Normally a huge Rice supporter this time however I find myself regretting this purchase, due to content rather than quality.
Perhaps her earlier works
skip it until it hits bargain bin
At one point I loved Ann Rice and the vampire diaries. This was tedious and often boring. Maybe it's me but I can't remember these one-off characters from a book I read 20 years ago. This series was better left alone. I didn't bother finishing it.
It was boring
Narration was good and matched the book.
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