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Editorial Reviews

“Rice is our modern messenger of the occult, whose nicely updated dark-side passion plays twist and turn in true Gothic form.” ( San Francisco Chronicle)

Publisher's Summary

In another feat of hypnotic storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire and continued with The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned.

Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals - for centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone. And suddenly, all his vampire rationale - everything he has come to believe and feel safe with - is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.

The Tale of the Body Thief is told with the unique - and mesmerizing - passion, power, color, and invention that distinguish the novels of Anne Rice.

©2010 Anne Rice (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Tinged with mystery, full of drama.... The story is involving, the twists surprising. " ( People)
“Hypnotic...masterful.” ( Cosmopolitan)

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Rice Turns Toward What It Is To Be Human

In the 4th in the Vampire Chronicle series, Rice returns to the search for meaning that was such a strong theme in the first, Interview with a Vampire. It has always struck me that Rice uses Vampires as metaphor for angels. With all their gifts, they are not the reflection of God capable of creation that humans are. For blood sucking fiends, Rice's vampires spend a great deal of time discussing God, the meaning of their own existence and spirituality.

In the first book, we learn the early story in a dark 18th century New Orleans. In the second we meet Lestat as a sympathetic character. In the 3rd, Lestat is a rock star adventuring in the modern mortal world. In this, the 4th installment, he actually becomes a mortal man. The adventure allows Rice to explores what it means to be human, angel and devil.

I'll confess, I've read ahead in the series, but had skipped this one. I can tell you that this one is not as fast moving or gripping as the first three, but it's still a great story, mystery, adventure... Later books in the series wax very philosophical. It is clear that Rice begins her turn toward the more philosophical in The Tale of the Body Thief. Good book, no foul language or explicitly obscene content, but this is a book for adults.

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Finally!! An Unabridged Version!!

Be still my beating heart! Finally, this unabridged version was released two days ago. I've always loved the book and was bitterly disappointed that only an abridged version was available. I never buy abridged versions.

Simon Vance returns as narrator and is as good as ever. I now have five of my favorite Vampire Chronicles audiobooks; from Interview With A Vampire to Tale of the Body Thief and her most recent one, Prince Lestat.

Happy Happy!!

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Fantastic exciting from start to finish

Would you listen to The Tale of the Body Thief again? Why?

Yes action from start to finish

What did you like best about this story?

First of all the narrator is out standing not a dual moment

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He was able to capture and separate each person

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

Lestat is so sensitive

Any additional comments?

Great book worth every minute

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Awesome story and continued piece

Locked in and reminded me how much I enjoy the series. Lestat is truly an amazingly wild character in this book. Non-stop action throughout the book. A must have for Ann Rice fans.

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Great book!

Anne Rice never disappoints! So much detail, so many emotions! A long read, but a good one nonetheless. Thank you for writing Anne!

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Mesmerizing

The narrator brings the characters to life in this fascinating story. I will continue with the other books in the series.

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I love this character because I see the huberous of my youth in him. Unfortunately, I really am tired of hashing over old life lines. Still, Lestat captures my emotions in a way no other character ever has. Not the best, although he is extremely well written. Just. like looking in a mirror without being harmed by the reflection. Until this story. He really is a fool of an SOB. So was I....

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  • 11-13-17

A slightly slow start, then no issues until you run out of pages

Fantastic story. The beginning of the end of her modern vampire tales with Lestat. After this, he is so uber powered he needs stories like this to keep it interesting and entertaining. Not the fastest, not the most action packed. Honestly Lestat's own introduction sums the whole thing up rather well, as usual. I personally enjoyed David Talbots role in this story, and his growth for future tales. 10/10 solid performance by Simon Vance, a true storyteller

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Good story

Mr Vance is a great narrator. Story gets a bit long winded like all Rice books but a good story.
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Kitt's opinion

loved it but was a bit rough, was an emotional rollercoaster. I loved the narration. was a bit predictable.

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  • Barbara
  • 01-19-18

A Guilty Pleasure

Some people think that The Vampire Chronicles are not "real literature", whatever that is, and are only one step removed from Fifty Shades -which in my own defence, I have not read. But I like them for the same reason I like eating ice cream alone in front of a horror movie: it's chilling and delicious. The Chronicles portray being a vampire as being a bit like a Caesar: you can kill as many people as you want, live gorgeously, look and dress like a god, but after a while, it's all sooooooooo boring, and you'll try almost anything for a bit of entertainment. The larks to which Lestat gets up to in this novel are so daft (as when, in the horror movie, someone goes down into the cellar with a dodgy flashlight to see what's making that moaning noise) that only chronic, soul crushing boredom can explain it. This leads to a series of adventures and encounters so wonderful that only a Scheherazade like Rice could have conjured them. How does she do it? How does she get us on side with such a selfish, self-centred, spoiled and entitled creature? Who cares: pass the ice cream.

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  • Christina
  • 04-09-16

Another Great Anne Rice book!

I read the vampire trilogy when they first came out. Now in 2016 they continue to thrill me. I only wish that the other books in the vampire chronicles were in audio format. Very enjoyable having the books read to you, allows your imagination free reign, therefore I enjoyed the books in a fuller way.

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  • Jonthan B.
  • 08-22-17

captivating

loved it from start to Finnish. captivating. now to start book 5. bravo bravo bravo

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  • Brett
  • 05-26-16

Wonderful

La Stat strikes again, this novel is another tour dear force from Ann Rice, she interweaves common mythology and in so doing creates a world that is alive. Beautiful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-21-18

Interview with Lestat?

While I enjoyed the story, I did find it lacking some of the adventure and drama in the other stories in the Vampire Chronicals. Still worth a read and does give more of an insight into this dark world