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Publisher's Summary

Once again, as she did in Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice reveals the startling world of the undead. This world of dark pleasures and glorious decadence comes to life in a tale that takes you back 6,000 years to the shocking creation of the first vampire - Akasha, Queen of the Damned. Akasha's story unfolds across the ages and around the world - from dawn of civilization to the present day, from Egypt to the Himalayas, to Paris, Peru, and finally to California. There, Akasha faces her ancient, vengeful enemy, and the fate of all the living dead - and all the living as well - is decided.

Here is a tale hypnotically, chillingly told. You have to hear it to believe it!

The Queen of the Damned is Volume 3 of The Vampire Chronicles.

©1988 by Anne O'Brien Rice (P)1988 by Random House, Inc.

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Poor recording quality makes this a poor choice

I have been an Audible subscriber for over a year now, and this is by far the worst sounding book I have purchased to date. Even downloading it at quality 4, it is distorted with static and tinny. I wish that I had listened to the sample before purchasing this book as the quality greatly effects the emersion of one in the story.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Best of the series

If you could sum up The Queen of the Damned in three words, what would they be?

Best in series

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Queen of the Damned?

When the queen confronted the mountain top vampire in India

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

n/a

Who was the most memorable character of The Queen of the Damned and why?

The queen herself because as evil as she was, you could understand her thoughts and reasoning.

Any additional comments?

I know the die-hard Ann Rice fans, at the time of this book's release, hated it, but I thought she'd topped herself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book, poor audio quality

I love this book. In fact it's one of my favorites of the series. However, the recording quality is terrible. It has a lot of static and distortion and is hard to hear escpecially when the violins are playing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Audio Quality.....BAD

I read this book a long time ago and was looking forward to revisiting the audio version. The sound quality is TERRIBLE. I have never had an issue with any audiobooks and have always been VERY happy but this was the pits.....there is a background buzz and it sounds like it was recorded in a cave. I did not care for the abridged version as it jumps and seems broken. I couldn't even make it through the first hour it was so bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful but hard to follow

As a long time fan of Anne Rice and her Vampire books, I delved quickly into Queen of the Damned. While I enjoyed the story, I found it at times very difficult to follow. The ABRIDGED recording seemed to jump at innoportune places and left me wondering what I had missed. Those seeking more insight into the lives of certain vampires, such as Pandora, Louis or Maruis, will find that there place has largely been cut from the story. Fans may want to wait for an unabridged recording to come out. Or read the book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Audible cut short book

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

NO. Audible cut this short and missed most of the story. I just jumps ove most of the book

Any additional comments?

BIook is bad. Download shows complette, but most of book is missing.

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half a book

Not the full book. I have read this book and i can tell you this is the abridged version. I didnt pay for part, not even half, a book. very disappointed.

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Awful

After listening to The Vampire Lestat, this story and narration was just unbearable. It took many days to get through and even now I'm left puzzled by the story due to the awful character voices. The male playing Lestat in this story really ruined this audio book. It was as if he were doing a terrible Jack Nicholson impersonation. The woman's voice was unsure and not soothing, overall this story was just awful to listen to. I'm happy it's over and I'm sincerely hoping the next book won't be so painful.

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If you've seen the movie(s) then read the books...

Writing a review for the entire series

... but not in reverse. I found some of the series to really stick with and really not gel with one another. I'm only giving this harsh criticism because it was marketed as a series, I truly think each book should stand on its own. Some of the stories, for me, were fantastic, others were just plain dull. If you are a truly Anne Rice fan then I'm assuming you will love all of these.

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Excellent

I just think Anne Rice has an incredible way to describe vampire world and make it believebable for all. This book in particular hooked me from start to finish and as a history lover I just think she did an amazing job this is my favorite book of the vampire chronicles.

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  • korina
  • 07-24-17

Not the full book

What would have made The Queen of the Damned better?

If the recording was the full story

Would you ever listen to anything by Anne Rice again?

Absolutely....I have listened to the Simon Vance recording of this book (as well as the previous 2 books in the series) and cannot describe how much better it is

What didn’t you like about Kate Nelligan’s performance?

it jumped around too much, skipped over most of the story, the music ran over the voices making it difficult to hear and the "sultry" voice was not appropriate and make it awkward to listen to.

Any additional comments?

Do yourself a favour and buy the Simon Vance recording instead