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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,849 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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