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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: October 2001 ISBN: 9780375419461
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The Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice’s spellbinding new novel, in which the great vampire Marius returns.

The golden-haired Marius, true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious foe of the Evil Doer, reveals in his own intense yet inti-
mate voice the secrets of his two-thousand-year existence.

Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a “blood god” by the Druids, Marius becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides.

We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths.

Bravely, Marius seeks a new civilization in the midst of glittering Constantinople, only to meet with the blood drinker Eudoxia. We see him ultimately returning to his beloved Italy, where after the horrors of the Black Death, he is restored by the beauty of the Renaissance. We see him become a painter living dangerously
yet happily among mortals, giving his heart to the great Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand.

Moving from Rome to Florence, Venice, and Dresden, and to the English castle of the secret scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in our own time, deep in the jungle where Marius, having told his life story, seeks some measure of justice from the oldest vampires in the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tantalizing . . . Sustains its impact from start to finish. USA Today
  • A MARVELOUS ADVENTURE . . . Rice continues to be a fascinating, immensely talented writer; she’s taking risks that few other popular authors would even contemplate. Readers . . . will be enthralled. The Dallas Morning News

    “DIFFICULT TO PUT DOWN. This is perhaps, the finest Vampire Chronicle [Rice] has penned.

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serenity | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this book. After reading Queen of the Damned I was always left curious and wandering about the life of Marius. Well, this book definitely delivers it, and it gives some more insight into the life of Akasha, which I loved. A great book, like many she's wrote, and its good to read consecutively before or after Pandora. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samara | 1/23/2014

    " Marius was always one of my favorite characters in the series. I was excited to get to his story then found him tedious, whiny and not at all what I had built in my head based on other passages. I was wicked disappointed and a bit bewildered over it. I stopped reading the Vampire Chronicles after this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashly | 1/21/2014

    " The last of the Vampire series before she switched to Christianity "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kimmie | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this one; the story of Maurius, i think was his name, formerly Pandora's man--Maurius tells the story wonderfully! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Herold | 1/15/2014

    " This was my favorite book. As I can relate so much to Marius. It fallows the tail of Marius the Vampire. As he deals with problems and meets many interesting people through out the story like Lestat. Overall a very interesting book when it was finished i wanted to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lonelymusician | 1/13/2014

    " Beautifully written with marvelous settings and original characters. I fell in love with Marius through this novel, but I was honestly disappointed by the ending. It seemed as if Mrs. Rice rushed her way through finishing the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benson | 1/10/2014

    " Excellent book. Never expected one of Marius to be such a pivotal character in the Vampire Chronicles timeline. Anne Rice at her best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Zacher | 1/8/2014

    " LOVE THIS BOOK. I think Marius is one of my fav charachters in an Anne Rice book, and this is Rice at her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 1/8/2014

    " well it's an Anne Rice Vampire book so of course I loved it but it was not my favourite. I still enjoyed Pandora a bit more but I did like hearing all the back story leading up to the other books. I think I might have to re-read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette Zárate | 10/24/2013

    " This book should be titled Marius, but Rice certainly delivers another fun & captivating book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 10/19/2013

    " I think this tale was mesmerising I really enjoyed it. But I do think this series is largely about Anne Rice showing how many ways immortality is a curse and not a gift as it appears to be hunman nature to want to live forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Atchison | 8/27/2013

    " The only book that I have ever been able to read cover to cover multiple times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manuel Aguirre | 8/3/2013

    " Another good vampire story ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/26/2013

    " "Memory was a curse, yes, he thought, but it was also the greatest gift. Because if you lost memory you lost everything." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kieran | 7/12/2013

    " If I could give infinite amount of stars for this book I would...really loved this book and its by far my fav of the vampire chronicles "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Niki Caravello | 2/14/2013

    " I read most of the vampire Chronicles this was one of my very favorite I love it when history is written into the novel and in this book she did it flawlessly "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Akaria | 1/31/2013

    " Another book I don't remember reading. Marius obviously didn't impress all that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart | 12/31/2012

    " The title is just fantastic. The story interesting. I had to go and buy the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aime | 11/28/2012

    " This book is enjoyable if you are an Anne Rice fan..it did get a little slow in parts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam O'Connor | 11/23/2012

    " an easy read, and one of the vampire chronicle's best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia Perdigon | 10/25/2012

    " This is the best of the best of the vampire chronicles. And funnily enough, its not a Lestat Book. Its a very thick book about Marius... 2000 years worth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fudgywoo | 8/3/2012

    " I loved the Interview with a Vampire books. I enjoyed reading the stories of the other the characters that were introduced to me in those books. "

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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

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.