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From the iconic and best-selling author of The Mummy and The Vampire Chronicles, a mesmerizing, glamorous new tale of ancient feuds and modern passions.

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality - and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.

©2017 Anne Rice (P)2017 Random House Audio

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I am hungry for more......

OMG, I love this story!!!! Thank you, Anne, and thank you, Christopher, for your masterful storytelling. It has been a long time coming.

I love the new layers and new characters in the story.

I did not like the narrator, however. she told the story beautifully BUT SHE YELLS!! Please, if she narrates the next book, please don't yell, it distracts from the story.

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<br /><br />holy screeching!

The narrator is a screeching shrew turned it off going to read it in silence.

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A Hearty Thank You to Kathrrine Kellgren

Anne and Christopher Rice make an excellent team..seamless prose. I didn't know when I started this book that it would be one of KKs last. .such a loss. Thanks for the memories and an outstanding sequel.

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Hysterical narrator!!

Good book but narration is such a distraction that I had to turn off the sound and read it instead. Ramses lacks the magnetic, visceral appeal of Lestat, but he is such a compelling character it is hard not to look for traces of him in other male leads. I remain a hard core Ann Rice Fan.




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Been waiting for a sequel to Ramses and here it is

Loved the story, but found the narrator hard to listen to at times. Anne still rules!

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Great sequel but overacted

I loved this story that continued the original saga. The narratator, while talented, sounded as though she was yelling with extreme anger through most of the book. They agressive tone made it really hard for me to listen for long durations.

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Not as good as the first book

I wanted to love this book, I really did. I read the first one years ago and fell in love with it, and perhaps in part because of that, this sequel was terribly disappointing. There were parts I enjoyed of course like the origin story of the elixir (not really a spoiler since you start finding out about that very early on) and the other interesting surprises that arc involved. Although I felt that it somewhat took away from the depth of the horror of the brand of immortality offered by something that can never be reversed or erased. I also felt that the charters just weren't the same. While it's understandable that they would change, I found myself wishing the changes were not so drastic since I didn't really like who they had turned into (Julie felt like she had become less intelligent and lost her personality to Ramses). I'm not even sure that I'm glad I listened to this since in many ways it actually took away from the depth of the charters and the story set up in the previous novel.

I also did not enjoy the aggressive style of the narrator. Nothing wrong with it; it just didn't fit the story as I imagined it.

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A fitting sequel I've waited for for decades!

I read Ramses the Damned in the mid 90s and have been waiting for this book since I finished it. I loved it just as much as the original. It expands the characters and world of the first with zest and drama.

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Anne’s writing at its best

Anne never lets me down. Swiped away into another world and the reading added so much to the story.

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Still trying to catch my breath!

Fabulous story, of course. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, made the story come alive. I felt as though in a classic horror movie, and my corset was laced too tight. Breathless and heart racing, lingering and longing for every word.

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  • RoseKH
  • 12-22-17

Poor narration

I’ve read and enjoyed all Anne Rice books.
This is the First one I’ve listen to.... what a shame ?!
Started well... then the screeching, and the pronunciation of the word passage well really...! Will not be listening to this narrator again very irritating.

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  • alice
  • 12-07-17

Unlistenable

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

i’ve been a fan of Anne Rice for over 25 years and loved everything she has ever done but I found this painful to listen to. i would recommend anyone considering to buy this to try reading the book yourself. The narrator totally destroys it. i just found it unbearable, just plain horrible.