In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a 6,000-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to "save" mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.
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“Mesmerizing... a wonderful web of dark-side mythology.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“With The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice has created universes within universes, traveling back in time as far as ancient, pre-pyramidic Egypt and journeying from the frozen mountain peaks of Nepal to the crowded, sweating streets of southern Florida.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Imaginative... intelligently written... This is popular fiction of the highest order.” (USA Today)
I was a big big Anne Rice fan when the books originally come out. Loved them then. Didn't love them nearly as much now. Why not? Because I'd forgotten how preachy the author is. Forgotten the long philosophical diatribes.
The narration is a bit flat. A better narrator might have made a difference. All in all, it was a curiously flat listen. I am not entirely sure why. Maybe a combination of factors. If I could have given this a 3-1/2 stars, I would have.
Sequentially, this comes after "Interview" and "Vampire Lestat." This is my favorite of that trilogy and has the most complex characters and plot. If you have been awaiting unabridged audio versions of these books, these are worth listening to, but not as good as I hoped. Maybe I've been spoiled by Kim Harrison.
It is still, I think, worth the time to give this and the other two a listen. This was one of the important "foundation" books for the urban vampire genre, even if they seem a bit stilted by current standards. Bear with the preaching. Although it is sometimes grating, Anne Rice does make some good points, whether or not you agree with her.
The queen of the damned ranks quite high in the audiobooks I've listened to so far, though I can't put a number on it.
Though I do love the main character, Lestat, my favorite characters in the first three of the Chronicles are those with the most depth and curiosity. I love Armand and Daniel, I love Marius, Claudia and Louis as well.
Yes I've listened to his narration of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy and it is excellent. My only contention is that he has not narrated the rest of the series. They should be reproduced, unabridged, with Simon Vance as the narrator.
There were many, but mostly it was the stories of the vampire origins as well as the philosophical conversations about mortality. It was also all the loving, nearly erotic relationships between the male vampires. Marius and Lestat, Daniel and Armand.
The first three books of the Vampire Chronicles should be at the top of any list of great vampire stories. Though I do like Charlaine Harris' vampire series, no one can top Anne Rice in this genre. Her writing is full of beautiful verse and deep philosophy. They remind me of Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov in some ways, though less boring.
I had tried to read this series years ago as so many people had. Otho h but good things to say about Anne Rice, but I could never get into the books. The writing style was just to flowery for me and I kept finding myself irritated as it took so long to get to the point..... Of anything.
Consequentially, I avoided the Audible series until I noticed it was read by Simon Vance. I thought he did an outstanding job in the "Master and Commander" books and I listened to them back to back from 1 to 21.
When "Interview" came up on special I gave it a shot and followed it up with "Lestat". To me the only thing that kept me going in the series was the reader SimonVance and about 1/2 way through "the Queen" I'm about ready to just give up and ask for a refund.
Initially the plot was interesting enough to want me to find out how it ended, but I'm at the point I don't care. It's almost like reliving those old educational movies from HS that were done in the 50's.
I've listened to almost 150 books from Audible since I joined about 3 years ago and even doing the entire Jack Ryan series from start to finish (250+ hours) I was entertained but this feels like work.
The actual story itself would best suit a short story, however it is diluted with thousands of self-indulgent filler about characters of no consequence. Desperately requires an editor equipped with a chainsaw to give it focus. Hardto believe it isn't fan fiction.
Simon Vance does a wonderful job with the varied Vampire voices. I read the book 12 yrs ago, so the story still surprised (again), but his performance didn't mar the memory of my old friends.
this book was great however the review required me to use twenty words. I really didn't want to actually write a review. no one really cares, they only count the stars.
Love it. The series carry-on wonderfully linking the first three books. Can't wait to keep reading on.
I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.
My only complaint would be the way Anne Rice allows the narrative to be so ponderous for such long stretches of text. This quality is what makes her writing so entrancing and romantic of course, but this is a very long story. I found myself wishing she'd just break tempo toward the end and give me some action, some more visceral presence. Still, incredible story, and man, what a writer. Really, really worth the time.
I listened and read for this one. There was a lot going on; but, I felt like this book gave me insight on Anne Rice's characters. I highly recommend listening/reading the preceding books first from the series. It helps bring everything together.
"Possibly the Best Piece of Vampire Fiction"
I'm sure I'm not the only reader feeling stifled and spiritually depressed by the slew of modern "teenage" vampire fiction, which manages to reduce the intricate mythology of vampire fiction into cheap romances. If you feel the same, then you will probably want to thank the heavens for Anne Rice and her Vampire Chronicles. This, Volume 3 of the series, is perhaps the standout in a largely exceptional ouvre. Full of poignant and colourful characters, and weaving such complex and believable histories to explain the creation of the vampire race and the ties they have to their Queen, Akasha, this novel is truly a masterpiece. And Lestat may be the most bewitching vampiric character ever to grace paper. If you want to rediscover vampire fiction in all its glory, then this is a good place to start.
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