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The Vampire Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2 | [Anne Rice]

The Vampire Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2

Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

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Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.

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©1985 Anne Rice (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Frightening, sensual.... Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature.... To read her is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time, to become lightheaded as if our blood is slowly being drained away." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Patricia Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-29-11
    Patricia Toronto, Ontario, Canada 06-29-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Finally unabridged! Excellently read, great listen"

    This has always been my favourite novel from the Vampire Chronicles series (even though Interview with the Vampire is more popular) but I've always held off downloading it from Audible because it was only available abridged (aka butchered) but when this edition became available I downloaded this, Interview and Queen of the Damned immediately!

    I've read the paperback edition of this book many times but Simon Vance narrates very well and captures the cheeky, elegant character of Lestat very well and brings out some subtleties that I've missed before.

    This novel stands alone very well if you haven't read the other Anne Rice books since it only makes a few references to Interview with the Vampire.

    I hope Audible will release more unabridged Anne Rice books (The Mayfair Witch novels!).

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 05-24-12
    Russell 05-24-12 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Better than Interview with the vampire"

    I found this book more entertaining and engaging than Interview with the Vampire. Lestat has a certain charisma and emotion that make him a great main character to follow through time. You feel connected to Lestat and sympathize with his story.
    The narrator- Simon Vance did a fantastic job of creating a narration that was full of life and easy to follow.
    If you liked Lestat in Interview with the Vampire you will most likely enjoy the story of his life in this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 04-19-12
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2001

    A well written book is a gem.

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    "The History and Detail "Interview" Left Out"

    "Lestat" is a deeper more satisfying explanation of the vampire world that was revealed in "Interview". I enjoyed the examination of the conflict between living eternally but only as a serial killer. Apparently even vampires, however bad, have moral limits. I've listened to this series while driving to and from work in the dark and get lost in them completely.
    This second book is great but I must say the last chapters feel tacked on - as if the book company stepped in and said to Anne Rice , "Sweet heart, you've got to write an ending that leads to a sequel, and make sure you include a car chase. Any old ending will do." Additionally, Simon Vance gets a little Bella Lagosi here and there but he is forgiven.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Grand Rapids, MI, United States 06-05-11
    James Grand Rapids, MI, United States 06-05-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Better than "Interview" and it was great."

    Again Simon Vance narrates wonderfully. Brings the book to life. Bought Queen of the Damned before the end of Lestat. I just can't stop.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Huntsville, AL 01-06-14
    Ashley Huntsville, AL 01-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Vance does Anne Rice justice"
    What did you love best about The Vampire Lestat?

    There are no sparkly vampires here. If you are looking for another run of the mill vamp book, this is not it. Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles are in a league all their own. Predating the modern craze with Twilight-esque vampires, the supernatural creatures you will encounter in Lestat are far from anything resembling Edward or Bella.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Lestat?

    There are many moments that drew me in during the listening of this book. The memories of Lestat as a human birthed so many emotions within me. Anne Rice's talent truly shines through in this novel.


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

    This is the first of Simon Vance's performances that I've listened to. I was very pleased and impressed. His speech is fluid and dynamic, easy to follow, and engaging.


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

    This book brought forth a full range of emotion for me. While there are times when I cannot help shedding a tear and letting out a giggle, the emotional response to Lestat is much greater than simple happiness or sadness. Anne Rice engages her audiences with complex, realistic characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri 05-20-12
    Sheri 05-20-12
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    "ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS VAMPIRES EVER! LESTAT!"

    This is the one vampire that EVERYONE on this planet knows the name of: LESTAT. He is Anne Rice's finest hour, her most famous creation and the beginning of her other vampire books even tho he came from Interview with the Vampire originally. This book shocked me at first, even tho I can recite the words nearly verbatim from the written word; I have read them so often. But I was astonished and DELIGHTED to hear the narrator speak in the French accent that was WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE! Reading the story never gave me the actual mental image of the French accent even tho we are told that Lestat is French and from the late 1700's, it just never came across in the written words! But the Audible version shocked and DELIGHTED me to be so AUTHENTIC with the French accent and it surely made the OLD STORY TO ME almost brand new! This narrator does such an excellent job of reading the story I simply cannot tell you how wonderful it is! You must experience it for yourself! You MUST! Lestat is so famous, the movie with Stuart Townsend was excellent, as was Akasha (actress Aaliyah) and Marius and the others was very very good; but the Audible version of the story is so much better. You will hear and understand so much more and the authentic French accent is so very original, it was not used in the movie! but it really "makes" the story so perfectly original. I highly recommend this Audible book to any Anne Rice fan, any Vampire fan and any fan of good books! There is really nothing better than classic vampire stories!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark bombala, Australia 09-26-11
    Mark bombala, Australia 09-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "STILL LOVED IT"

    This book was not at all like i thought it would be...the story from this point of view just blew me out of the water. To be made out to be the bad guy in the first book but then for the twist was just awesome

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Armstrong Massachusetts 07-27-11
    Marilyn Armstrong Massachusetts 07-27-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Maybe I had excessively high expectations ..."

    I devoured this series when it was first published and really loved them. So I was thrilled when unabridged versions finally showed up on Audible. It was a long wait. I wanted to love these books to death, but I didn't. I enjoyed them, yes, but love them? The world has turned and a lot has changed since they were written. The urban vampire genre has come of age and there are some very gifted writers churning out some fine work (my favorite: Kim Harrison) and sad to say, Anne Rice's vampires seem pretty stiff and contrived in comparison. And oh the lectures on morality. Yikes, I had forgotten how preachy she is. Sometimes (but far from always!) what she has to say is interesting. Certainly her ability to take a long view of human development through history can be entertaining... to a point. If you keep in mind that Ms. Rice was a bit of a pioneer in the genre, it is easier to accept the tales' limitations. "Queen of the Damned," with its very complex plot and characters is my favorite of the series. This is my second favorite. Or was. I am unlikely to reread it. Just ... well ... not good enough. I wish it were. I wanted it to be better. I really really did. Oh well. Perhaps I expected too much.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha SPENCER, IN, United States 03-12-13
    Samantha SPENCER, IN, United States 03-12-13
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    "unhappy with this"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader is boring to put it nice this would be a better story if someone different read the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The store was fine the reader just couldn't keep me into the book he's so monotoned.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

    Anyone the showed emotion and got excited when they should.


    What character would you cut from The Vampire Lestat?

    None all are important in their own way.


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Rice is an amesome writer, very disappointed with the narrator. This book would have been a million times better if they had a different narrator/narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rich dundalk, md, United States 02-06-13
    rich dundalk, md, United States 02-06-13
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    "Love this vampire classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Lestat to be better than the print version?

    yes i dont have much time to read and having it read to me lets me multi task


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    lestat of coarse


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

    yes sounds the same


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The real story of lestat


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • liam
    Morley, United Kingdom
    10/12/11
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    "An illuminating experience"

    My perception of Lestat before I read this novel was of an impulsive, shallow and cruel vampire that never considered the deeper essence of his immortal being. In this novel your ideas change. This Lestat is different than the one we meet in interview with a vampire and Lestat is active in the novel exploration of the nature of a vampire and the existential dilemma caused by their immortality.

    A fantastic book which deepens and expands the vampire world that Rice creates. I can't wait to finish and start "queen of the damned".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • GMJ
    East Yorkshire, UK
    4/14/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    I read this book many years ago and many other titles by Anne Rice. This is a true vampire classic which has been given a new dimension by a very talented narrator. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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