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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: January 2002 ISBN: 9781415918838
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Perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative—her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches—to give us a world of classic deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets.

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin,” a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.

As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.

A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully descriptive; it is wonderfully scripted—with all sorts of unexpected turns—Rice fires all the weapons in her storyteller’s quiver. She uses surprisingly short chapters, most ending with a suspenseful note that practically begs the reader to move on for just one more page.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Quinn’s story is beautifully haunting. His tale is like a curiosity shop, filled with lovely and unusual things…There is an intimacy to Blackwood Farm that makes readers feel as though they are an important part of Quinn’s world. And it’s a world they won’t want to leave.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Rice’s books have always had a sexy edge, and she’s not gone stale.”

    Metro Weekly (Washington DC)

  • Blackwood Farm is a collection of unexpected twists and turns. Rice implements all of her tricks—spirits, ghosts, vampires, witches, strong family bonds, platonic and forbidden romantic love. The finale should elicit a squeal of excitement from readers.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Classic Anne Rice…hard to put down.”

    United Press International

  • Blackwood Farm is strong and continues the return to form for Rice that began with Merrick.”

    Denver Post

  • “This self-contained novel makes a good entry point for newcomers to Anne Rice’s fictional world.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “It’s intrigue, eroticism, and obsession that fans want, and they’ll find plenty of all three.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “At least as good as Rice’s earliest novels because she centers her story on new characters with interesting stories of their own. Using lush, voluptuous prose, Rice tells a complex and mesmerizing story.”

    Library Journal

  • “Rice breathes new life into the long-running Vampire Chronicles with the tale of Quinn Blackwood, a young vampire haunted by a menacing doppelganger….Rather than extrapolating from previous Vampire Chronicles, the latest presents a completely fresh story, a gripping gothic yarn that revives the series.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 2/17/2014

    " Since I can't stand Mona Mayfair, her cameo in this book did not thrill me . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/12/2014

    " This is really where Anne Rice starts to lose interest and love for her characters... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 2/7/2014

    " Enough twists in the plot to keep my interest throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/30/2014

    " So emotionally charged! I loved the characters and the family history. This is the Anne Rice that I fell for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grampybone | 1/27/2014

    " Trying to squeeze the last possible drop of blood from what has been an extraordinary series of books, Anne Rice comes up with Blackwood Farm. Halfway through the book, I still can't bring myself to care for any of the characters. Big letdown in my not so humble opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 1/27/2014

    " My favorite of the Chronicles! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katey | 1/25/2014

    " I couldn't even finish this one. It was the last Anne Rice book I read, and probably will remain so now that she's some born-again Catholic. She seemed to write this one like I used to write my silly little stories when I was young: they were only vehicles for my girlish ambitions to have everything I wanted- wealth, power- and this book seemed to have little to do with a real plot. It bothered me immensely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/23/2014

    " I started reading Ann Rice as a junior in high school - 27 years ago!!! I like that she merges her vampire series and Mayfair series in this one (second time she has done this). It's actually a tragic love story. LOTS of gratuitous sex so this may offend some. Also, Rice repeats words that should only be used once in this novel - I find that irritating and bad writing. She is better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/14/2014

    " This was a decent one from Rice. Her language as always is precise and draws out imagery like no other. To read her your mind must be open to all things, for some it might disgust, but for me I do not see how. I must read all of her books, almost there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia Johnson | 1/1/2014

    " First book I have every just listened to on audio. I love the way she merges her vampires and witches "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noel Williams | 12/31/2013

    " And here's where she completely lost me. I don't think I made it past the 3rd chapter. Very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Cavanaugh | 12/24/2013

    " Another good one in the Chronicles, and a nice update on the Mayfair witches. Quinn is a great character and I enjoy the family and the setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhandi | 12/16/2013

    " This book introduces us to the Mayfair witches as well as keeping the story of Lestat alive. It also fuses a spirit with the world of Vampirism. A must read for ant Anne rice fan as it not only continues the Chronicles but introduces her Mayfair Witches series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larisa | 12/11/2013

    " Quinn Blackwood is not cool enough to be a vampire, but Lestat is still pretty awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tera Slawson | 11/12/2013

    " I never wanted this to end, really really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 9/6/2013

    " Starts off a bit slow, but gets better a little less than halfway in. It's an interesting story in that it's a story within a story. One vampyre recounting his mortal life story to another vampyre. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandie | 7/24/2013

    " Odd book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikica | 11/25/2012

    " So beautiful ad so utterly frightening...showed me a side I never knew I had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 9/8/2012

    " People can criticize this book forever but I couldn't have been more elated to have Lestat and my beloved Mayfairs (Mona, Rowan, and Michael) back. I can't say much without spoilers but finally Rice melded all my favorite aspects of her writing and people together for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronit | 9/8/2012

    " My favorite book from her Vampire Chronicles. You could just about feel the laziness of the swamp, the majesty of a sinking mansion, and the magic that haunts the streets of New Orleans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 8/7/2012

    " Best Rice Book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 4/16/2012

    " Blackwood farm is just another one of Anne rices creations. I loved it. It it new and original telling the story of a haunted vampire named Tarquin who goes seeking help from the notorious vampire lestat. A good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jediraven | 1/31/2012

    " I own this book but refuse to read it because I dumped Anne Rice last week. Her books have become more and more terrible, she's failed as an author, and I just can't keep this relationship alive anymore...I think it's time for me as a reader to move on to good books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 11/6/2011

    " All I want to say is that this is an awesome story that has everything that is awesome in it. I actually didn't like what happened to Goblin in the end, but it's still great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maneden | 10/22/2011

    " As always, Anne Rice does not disappoint. There is death, love, sadness, pain and hope. Some very strange characters but noteworthy for the same traits that make them detestable. This novel seems to bring the vampires back to earth and life and humanity, it appears to make them touchable again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Wilkerson | 10/12/2011

    " Loved it! My daughter suggested it. liked it so much I pick up another of her books and then realized I needed to start from the first book "Vampire Chronicles" Now I'm hooked! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista Ivy | 9/30/2011

    " i missed her old vampire series. need to reread them and the witching hour now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aspen | 7/6/2011

    " I fell in love with Quinn along with Lestat! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marisol | 6/28/2011

    " I did not think that this was a very good book. The story was rather predictable and the characters did not develop well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/15/2011

    " one of my fave books it has it all
    ghosts, vamps and magic well kind of but still
    it was the second book I read, I know I started in the wrong way but hey sue me.

    this book so got me into cameos I love them now "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katie | 5/3/2011

    " frankly, this book sucked...no pun intended~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique | 4/22/2011

    " This freaking book was a weird one, but interesting. It was kind of hard to get into reading at first, and was hard to keep reading. But in the end I guess it wasn't horrible! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claraleearnold | 4/10/2011

    " Still enjoying the whole vampire series... it's just taking me a few years to get through them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/2/2011

    " I liked that this book had a mix of southern ghost and vampire legend. It had a really nice twist and a pretty good plot! It was an easy read for me and I would recommend it for the fiction lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie | 3/31/2011

    " The Mayfair Witches and Vampire Chronicles collide! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/4/2011

    " This is one of my favorites in this series- I definitely want to read it again- a thoroughly enjoyable story from beginning to end.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mattjx | 2/4/2011

    " I adored this southern gothic ghost tale with it's sensual slow pace, memorable characters, and charming romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maneden | 1/11/2011

    " As always, Anne Rice does not disappoint. There is death, love, sadness, pain and hope. Some very strange characters but noteworthy for the same traits that make them detestable. This novel seems to bring the vampires back to earth and life and humanity, it appears to make them touchable again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TeraD | 1/2/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book about the legacy of the Blackwood family and its young heir, Tarquinn. The characters are truly engaging and unforgettable. And let's not forget the vampires...including the return of Lestat, the Mayfairs and the Talamasca. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 12/31/2010

    " Blackwood farm is just another one of Anne rices creations. I loved it. It it new and original telling the story of a haunted vampire named Tarquin who goes seeking help from the notorious vampire lestat. A good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amudhasenthil | 11/27/2010

    " i just cant finish it..just stopped reading.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 11/19/2010

    " Classic Anne Rice: lots of supernatural fun, sex abounds (some totally inappropriate), and long-winded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/17/2010

    " Re-reading the book because I am always intrigued by Anne Rice's ability to make me feel like I am right next to the characters about whom she writes. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rice

Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the author of over thirty books, including tales of the Mayfair Witches. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become part of one of the bestselling series of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as the Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

About the Narrator

David Pittu, a two-time Tony Award nominee, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which earned two prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. He has also won three Earphones Awards. Well-known for his work in theater, he has appeared off-Broadway in LoveMusik and Is He Dead, for which he received his Tony nominations, as well as Parade, for which he earned a National Broadway Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He is also a writer, member, and director of the Atlantic Theater company.