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The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga - part adventure, part suspense - of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy the entire vampire netherworld. 

In this spellbinding novel, Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly, intimately, and passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the formation of the Blood Communion and how he became prince of the vampire world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all the Children of the Universe to thrive as one came to be.  

The tale spills from Lestat's heart as he speaks first of his new existence as reigning monarch - and then of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and threatens all of which Lestat has dreamt.  

As the tale unfolds, Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific's untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of Empress Catherine....

©2018 Anne Rice (P)2018 Random House Audio

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change the narrator!!

I've been listening to Anne Rice's stories about Prince Lestat for years and his character has a specific sound and dialect. He's from France and lived in New Orleans. The narrator did a terrible job of staying true to the character. I want my money back so I can purchase the hard copy book.

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Eric Quinn should never narrate a Lestat novel

Simon Vance has narrated the previous Lestat novels. why the change? The quality of the narration is awful. I love the Chronicles but I stopped listening to this one because it was SO SO bad. They should cut their losses and have Simon Vance re-narrate this in order to maintain The Vampire Chronicles journey appropriately.
Please bring Simon Vance BACK

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The narrator is horrible

Simon Vance please I would gladly purchase this book again if he were the narrator .

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I can’t listen any further

My god, they have chosen the worst narrator for this novel. I am so disappointed I want a refund.

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Is this a joke? Kween of the Damn!

Look I’m gayer than Christmas, and can appreciate a campy performance, but not with my Vampire Chronicles. A couple of years ago my friend gifted me an audible book called Pounded in the Butt by My Own Butt by Chuck Tingle and as soon as I started Blood Communion I thought it was the same narrator! Im ultimately I’m disappointed Simon Vance did not return to continue the Prince Lestat era. I’ve tried to keep an open mind but I’m going to have to go pick this up in stores and just read the book. No more Eric Shaw Quinn!!!!!

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Please STOP! Horrible. Horrible Narrator.

After waiting months for this audio book to become available, I am beyond disappointed. I knew it wasn't Simon Vance which made me a little apprehensive, but listening to Eric Quinn today... Everything about it was wrong and all I could think was please, Please STOP. What a way to ruin a perfectly excellent novel. I have every single one of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and although Roger Rees is my favorite in Blood and Gold, Simon Vance stands toe to toe in all of the Lestat books. I'm so disappointed because now I will have to go back and purchase this book hardback or on Kindle. If the audio version was redone with Simon Vance, I would definitely go back and purchase it again.

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Where is Simon Vance?

I have every single Anne Rice book in hard copy, e-book format, and audio. After months of anticipation, I am sorry to say the narrator left me wanting. He doesn't stay true to character. And he is definitely not the voice of Lestat. I tried to give it a chance ~ even after my initial (cringe) reaction. I couldn't listen to it very long. Why the change? Simon Vance has been great. I am incredibly disappointed. I would gladly purchase this book again if its read by Simon Vance. As it stands, I am returning the audiobook and I will find time to read the hardcopy. I guess I'll listen to something else on my long drive to work. I am sorry to Eric Shaw Quinn as I am sure he would be a fine narrator for a different kind of book.

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you've got to be kidding with this nararator.

Just to be clear I am a avid, long-time fan of both Anne Rice and especially the Vampire Chronicles. I am borderline offended that either the publisher, Anne Rice, or anyone else involved would think that this narrator is even remotely passable as Lestat. Does Lestat have the accent of a 45 year old white guy from upstate New York? No. He is French, centuries old, educated, and even sounds attractive. Simon Vance killed the portrayal of Lestat's accent and general feel and vibe of his voice. Please have Simon redo this and I will gladly rereview. Hell I would even buy a second copy of this book with him narrating. I can't even get into the feel and vibe of the book and live the Anne Rice Lestat Vampire fantasy because of how bad of a fit this guy is for the character he is portraying. I was looking forward to this book even pre-ordered and now I can't even enjoy it because of this issue. So disappointing. I will have to read it when I have time...I don't know.

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Unlucky No 13 - This is what you get hiring family

Lestat is in his 20s. Almost all vampires in the Vampire Chronicles are supposed to be under the age of 30. Why not get a narrator who at least sounds like he is young? Simon Vance is a great narrator, but I don't think that he is a great fit for the Vampire Chronicles. David Pittu, who narrated "Blackwood Farm" and "Blood Canticle" is in his 50s, but at least he sounds believable.

Eric Shaw Quinn, however, doesn't sound good at all. Too old, too camp, too annoying. According to Wikipedia, he's the partner of Cristopher Rice, which may explain why he got the job.

Also, I find "Blood Communion" to be one of the lesser Chronicles. Where "Atlantis" and "Prince Lestat" were grand, epic and incredibly exciting adventures, "Blood Communion" just feels small and meh without any real character development. Let's hope that No 14 will be back on track.

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Terrible, Terrible Narration

Update: This gets worse as I continue to listen to it. No emotions, no change in voice with each character - I REALLY wish I hadn't wasted a credit on it. The story is great, but completely ruined by the lackluster performance of the narrator.

Simon Vance has the characters down to a "T" - definitely not the case here and the mispronunciations are pronounced. I really wish I would have read the reviews before buying this. I usually do, but I was excited that another book was out. PLEASE have this re-recorded with Simon Vance!

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