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Lost Souls

Narrated by: Chris Patton
Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
4 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Three stylish vampires arrive in New Orleans just in time for Mardis Gras, and then disappear again. While in the city, the group's leader, Zillah, meets and impregnates an adolescent girl. Fifteen years later, the child of that pairing, a boy who calls himself simply "Nothing" is living with adoptive parents in the suburbs, where he – like so many other teens – feels isolated and out of place. The answer is, his father is a vampire, leaving Nothing hovering precariously between worlds.

When Nothing runs away from home he meets up with none other than Zillah and his small troupe, Molochai and Twig. Together they go on a quest to seek out Nothing's favorite band, Lost Souls. Nothing is aided along the way by a psychic named ghost, and their relationship leads to the ultimate inner battle where Nothing must choose between his wild, vampiric heritage, or preserving his humanity to save the life of another.

©1993 Poppy Z. Brite (P)2010 CrossRoad Press

Critic Reviews

" Rather than horror, Lost Souls prompts disgust mixed with morbid titillation, but it will surely be devoured by genre aficionados. . " ( Publisher's Weekly)

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So much fun!

This was my first exposure to Poppy Z Brite, actually. I'd previously avoided her out of a desire to avoid the cliches. But sometimes, cliches exist for a reason. Poppy Z Brite is like chocolate and absinthe for breakfast. Her work is dark and decadent and delicious. Chris Patton's reading was entirely competent and his voice is well suited for the teenagers in this story. I've already listened to this twice and I expect to listen to it again in the future. I only hope Audible acquires more work by Poppy Z Brite.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissie
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 02-01-11

Love Poppy

So glad there is finally some Poppy Z. Brite on audible. Entertaining, edgy and visceral. Great read.

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  • Person
  • bellevue, NE, United States
  • 07-15-12

Horrible narrator

Narrator ruins a good story! He mispronounces several word, and there are some odd background sounds. I loved Brite's stories, but this was almost painful to listen to.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorites

Would you listen to Lost Souls again? Why?

This is a story I come back to every few years.

What other book might you compare Lost Souls to and why?

It's not like other vampire books because it's much darker and way less romantic.

Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

Ghost is my favorite character.

Any additional comments?

Great book. I highly recommend it. Beautiful language, very dark and capturing.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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loved

Every minute of it. Death may be easy, maybe, but this book isn't. It wheels back snarling and then goes in, fangs bared, for The Kill.

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My favorite book

I have loved this book since I was 15 and still love it at the age 30

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  • Tara
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 05-02-12

Great Story Unfortunate Reading.

Would you consider the audio edition of Lost Souls to be better than the print version?

No.

What other book might you compare Lost Souls to and why?

Interview With The Vampire, maybe?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It felt like he just did not connect with the material. All the sad and clever felt lost.

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

That is just it, I felt I should be crying during several scenes that felt like they were treated with sort of disdain and slid over.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Adult themes that may be offensive to some

Excellent vampire novel. Literary and surprising. Carnival and Mardi Gras runs through the book as an extended metaphor. may be of particular interest to LGBTQ and Gothic readers

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No characters in this book I connected with

I love vampire mythology, Stoker, Rice, whatever, so this seems like a no-brainer. Alas, this is one of the few books (audio or otherwise) in my life that I literally put down halfway through. Imagine a book of useless people/beings. No one you really care about. No swashbuckling hero! I really didn't even care enough for the villains to wish them ill.

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Not something I would recommend

lots of gay vampire moments and incest. I felt like I was reading bad fanfiction

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  • Hayley
  • 08-27-16

Amazing

This book changed my life when I first read it. Just perfect.I I loved it.

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  • Ja
  • 01-04-19

Boring

I managed to get 12 chapters in, almost nothing has happened so far. So boring that I didn't manage finish.

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  • Matty-Bob Cash
  • 09-17-18

Emo twaddle, albeit well-written Emo twaddle

Couldn't finish it, the first audio book I've mentally switched off from. Kinda disappointed as I have liked other Brite stuff but hey ho

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  • Harley
  • 09-14-16

Gratuitous sex scenes and predictable story.

Would you try another book written by Poppy Z. Brite or narrated by Chris Patton?

The narrator gave an excellent performance, and I think Brite has a very descriptive and evocative writing style. I'd be tempted to try another story, but I didn't enjoy the narrative here quite as much as I thought I would.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable, and unfortunately rather dull.

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

No -- the ending seemed to comfortably (though very conveniently) round things up.

Any additional comments?

I may have come to this book too late. It was full of graphic and gratuitous sex scenes, to the point that they became annoying and largely irrelevant.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. REP
  • 12-18-12

A different take on vampires.

This is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but I enjoyed listening to it very much.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Drax17
  • 11-30-16

Dark, bloody l

What made the experience of listening to Lost Souls the most enjoyable?

A very dark tragic love story of trying to find your place in the world & how far you would go for friends or family. Not your sparkly looking for soul mate kind of vampires. They live & travel for the blood & beware if they come upon you.

What aspect of Chris Patton’s performance might you have changed?

I don't understand why Chris has coped such bad reviews. I didn't mind his narration & yes there was moments of back ground noise, but they were maybe 2 times & only very briefly, not enough to be off putting.

Any additional comments?

Warning - themes of incest.