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Publisher's Summary

At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch, Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de colors libres, a cast derived from the black mistresses of white men, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons, steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where the African and the French - the white and the dark - intermingle. Her ancestors are the Great Mayfair Witches, of whom she knows nothing - and from whom she inherits the power and magical knowledge of a Circe.

Into this exotic New Orleans realm comes David Talbot, hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick's haunting tale - a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of the past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Mayan ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.

Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampires' world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.

©2000 by Anne O'Brien Rice; Copyright ©2000 by Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Rice offers a haunting look at the separate but equally intriguing worlds of witches and vampires�" (Publishers Weekly)

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Narrator killed the story!

I honestly tried over a dozen times to get through this audio book but I eventually had to tap out! The narrator made this the most painful story to listen to. I deleted it without first fishing the story and just mined on to the next book😣

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book but....

ann Rice is an amazing writer and this book is amazing. However, I had a huge problem with the narrator in this story. he was muffled and quiet and not clear throughout the story. there was times that I has to hit the rewind button. I do not think it was his I just think it was the quality of the recording. the producer of this book should have known this and fixed it before this ever went to production!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enchanting but not a Vampire Chronicle

Did Graeme Malcolm do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I enjoyed his overall narration and he was a perfect match for the voice of david but i did not like how he voiced other key characters in the story.

Was Merrick worth the listening time?

This book was a great read and is definitely one of Anne Rice's better novels.

Any additional comments?

If you came to this book hoping for the next exciting installment of the vampire chronicle series you might be very disappointed. The book is a good read but aside from the fact the book is narrated by one of our beloved vampires there is maybe a third of the content of the book that actually focuses on them. This book clearly fulfilled a desire of the authors to do a cross over of her two series the vampire chronicles and the mayfairer witches but doesn't really focus on either one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ariadna
  • Montebello, CA, USA
  • 02-08-07

Good

It was a good book to read. Not at all like Anne's other vampire books but just as good. I loved Merrick she is a cool character and very powerful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Elmendorf , TX, USA
  • 03-28-03

Merrick (Unabridged)

A moving a tale as only Anne Rice can tell. The story line flows flawlessly

Graeme Malcolm, an exceptional reading, pleasant to listen too.
Vocal tones and inflections done with prefection.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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disappointing for Anne Rice.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, because it seems as though she was picking previous characters and re-telling parts of their stories. Too tame for Anne Rice.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Rice again?

I don't know.

What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

I like his voice; very pleasant.

Do you think Merrick needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely not. She does not play a substantial role. She is mostly listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very good

If you like Anne Rice,you will like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Rice's most interesting new characters in a while

This is the best one in the Vampire chonicles in quite some time. It left me wanting more, but intriqued enough to pick up the series again. I'd rate these characters as well-done as the original Vampire LeStadt.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

I had only listened to/read one Anne Rice book before and had been pretty disappointed in it. But I decided to give her another chance, and I am so glad I did! This book is absolutely awesome! There is so much intrigue, darkness, and suspense in the book. It's characters were interesting and I was able to relate this book to the little I did know of her books. Great listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Merrick -unabrideged read by Graeme Malcolm

I especially liked the reader Graeme Malcolm's reading. I hope he will do more readings of Anne Rice's work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • 04-12-09

merrick

This is the first audio book I was unable to finish. Slow and tedious, I stuck with it for around half the book then gave up. The main characters attitude towards Merrick I found just a little creepy and the story didn't seem to be going anywhere.