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Publisher's Summary

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

©1976 Anne Rice (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller... Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Unrelentingly erotic...sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.” (Washington Post)

“If you surrender and go with her...you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.” (Boston Globe)

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Unabridged at last - First class

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice can only be fully enjoyed in the unabridged versions as the unfolding stories of the whole series are so complex and interconnected. Facts and incidents missing from any of the first books detract from the understanding and enjoyment of those following on.

Simon Vance is as always an excellent narrator and in" Interview with the Vampire", strikes just the right voices for the characters. Serious, sad Louis and wild irresponsible Lestat came to life perfectly as I had imagined. If audible brings us the "Mayfair Witches" in unabridged versions also that will be an added bonus.
Highly recommended to those already addicted and to listeners new to Anne Rice's work - these are the true vampires - don't expect tender romance or vegetarian vamps here!

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God the narrator

I love this story and so I bought the paperback years ago and then recently wanted to reread it so I thought I’d try here. My god that was the biggest mistake. The narrator does a fake almost Dracula type “vampire” voice for the parts of the main character and I just can’t get into it. I tried, I really tried and now when I tried to read my paperback all I could hear is the fake Dracula voice....this story is ruined for me now.

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New Editions!

This new recording of Anne Rice's classic book is welcome and thrilling. It's most important to know that these audiobooks (including "Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned") are not reissues of the unabridged CDs that were made years ago with Frank Muller doing the reading. I know that many listeners enjoy Mr. Muller's work, but I found his reading of The Vampire Chronicles to be far too mannered and "affected." I listened to the earlier CDs primarily because I'm a big fan of the Chronicles; but I always had a hard time getting past Mr. Muller's voice. I don't wish to be cruel about Mr. Muller - as I said, I know he has many fans, and has had a long and successful career as a voice actor - it's just that personally, I cannot appreciate the vocal mannerisms he uses and the type of performance he gives.

Now, thankfully, and at last, we have another award-winning Master Storyteller (Simon Vance) re-telling these tales! Within the first few minutes of listening, I knew that this would be the version that I could love and listen to over and over again. Mr. Vance easily evokes the "correct" atmosphere in his narrative, and moves between dialects as if he were a "Complete Cast" on his own. Sections that seemed awkward poetically in Mr. Muller's performance, now are rich, imaginative and evocative.

I am thrilled to recommend this to fans and first-timers alike. If you've heard the previous recording - even if you like it - you will love this new one. Fingers tightly crossed in the hope that Mr. Vance will also record "Tales of the Body Thief" and finally give us an unabridged recording of "Memnoch the Devil" (which has only ever been recorded in an abridged format).

Finally, I've heard Anne Rice say that she thinks that "The Witching Hour" (and probably "Lasher" and "Taltos") will be recorded in an unabridged format soon. Now THAT'S something to look forward to!! (Please, please, please....let it happen!)

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Standard Bearer for the Genre

As we approach the 'Teens there is, in my experience, an inordinate interest in the Vampire genre - Twilight, True Blood, Dark Shadows and even Hotel Transalvania are some examples. All of these (though I admit to having seen only the 1st Season of True Blood) pale into comparison with this excellent book. There are many things to like about it. Among my list are its level of detail,its lack of tasteless romance and pointless sensuality and its true Gothic insight. There is, of course, an element of romanticism and sensuality, but they are not at the forefront of the narrative. That narrative is dominated by Louis, Lestat, Armand and Claudia.
If you have read Dracula, or Frankenstein, or Golem and enjoyed them, then you will probably enjoy this too.
I waited a while to write the review. First I wanted to re-watch the film. I had remembered Lestat as a nicer character. He was in the Tom Cruise played role, but he is not in the book. I had remembered Christina as older (played by a very young Kirsten Dunst), but she is not in the book. This apart, the movie is a reasonably faithful adaptation and I enjoyed it again, as I did revisiting the book.
And then for the performance; Simon Vance gives a super performance, again. He reprises some of his Dracula style (from the audio I listened to earlier this year and I have reviewed elsewhere). For me he held the book together when it was beginning to drain me (no pun intended). I think the book is a tad too long (hence the 3 stars for Story). The accent at the beginning was a bit hard to appreciate, but by the end it was absolutely right. Armand was pitched beautifully, too. Perhaps Claudia was the least effective character, but I suspect that is the tone of the book rather than the voice interpretation.
Overall, I think the book a true standard bearer. I look forward to The Vampire Lestat in the not too distant future.

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No One can beat Anne Rice

Having read the vampire trilogy by Anne Rice when they first came out, it was very nice to see them in an unabridged audiobook format.

Excellent listening!

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Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!

I had only seen the movie. It was good, but listening to the book narrated by Simon Vance is great. Immediately bought Lestat.

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Spooky Fun

An interesting book that stays one step ahead of you the whole time. Different takes on the Vampire legends are always fun and entertaining to read.

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Apropos!

I've been cursing (to my uninterested wife) Audible, for at least the last year for not having Anne Rice's quintessential books unabridged. Audible has definitively and irrevocably solved that problem today. Simon Vance is a brilliant orator who satisfies this burgeoning classic for audiobookephiles (yes I [may have] just coined a new English word) of the most discriminating variety. This is a beautiful title in many facets, purchase without hesitation.

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A great start to a great series

If you are from a generation where Anne Rice is unknown to you, expect for a Pitt/Cruise blockbuster you may have seen, buckle up buttercup and jump head first into this book and series. Throw what you may know completely out the window about Lestat and Louie. This is a deep and rich story, full of heartache, love, passion, horror, and mayhem of vampires coming into the new American world of New Orleans and trying to understand their place while generally doing as they please. This is the backbone and base for several characters, including Lestat, who will be your favorite in the end, no matter how hard you try to avoid him. Simon Vance gives a great performance, and his voice adds a certain authenticity to the performance that really makes it stand out. He also continues narration of the series, so make sure to check out "The Vampire Lestat" when this book is finished and you need more

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Spellbinding

The narrator brings this classic alive. At times it was so real, I caught myself crouching down, looking from side to side out of fear. Much better than the movie.

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  • Pamela
  • 07-21-11

One of the greatest Vampire stories

I love this story, it is truly epic and a story you can really get lost in. It is so atmospheric and I love all the history involved. You come to loath Lestat and feel for the narrator who had to put up with him for so long. It is brutal at times but brilliant and I can't wait to listen to the next part in the series. The narration is excellent as well; his voice is so easy to listen to.

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  • Laura
  • 08-23-13

Love this book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yeah, I find it hard to read but love books they are always better than movies

What other book might you compare Interview with the Vampire to, and why?

I don't think I have a comparison Anne rice is by far my fav author

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

Louis when I first read the book about 10 years ago that's how Louis in my head sounded not brad Pitts version

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

My fav has always been the becoming of a vampire

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  • monica
  • 04-11-13

Interview with the vampire.

Loved the film, but the book was hard going. Took a couple of attempts before I finished it.

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  • L
  • 09-09-11

Brilliant

I have always loved the film and despite owning the book for a number of years I have never finished it. The book adds a new dimension to the experience of the film as well as highlighting the differences that never made it to the silver screen.

I bought the audiobook with the intention of ensuring it was finished this time and I was not disappointed! An excellent listen that has ensured that my next audible purchase will the Vampire Le Stat.