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Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Roger Rees Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Series:The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: January 2001 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415920800

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“RICE WRITES WITH HER USUAL EROTIC AND HISTORICALLY EVOCATIVE FLAIR.” –People Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen and King of the vampires–in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimately restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter, living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day, deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from the oldest vampires in the world. . . .

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Quotes

  • “Tantalizing.”

    - USA Today
  • “Rice’s legions of devoted fans will recognize Blood and Gold for what it is: a love song to Marius the Wanderer, whose story reveals the complexities and limitations of eternal existence.”

    - Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “Rice writes with her usual erotic and historically evocative flair.”

    - People
  • “A marvelous adventure.”

    - Dallas Morning News

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The story of Marius, a vampire who has lived through the ages. From the beginning of his story as a citizen of Rome, to being made a God of the Grove, to his Italian palazzos, his sanctuary in the Alps, his castle in Germany... Marrius' story is so incredibly engaging. Though so much of these stories is fantasy and the supernatural, I especially enjoy when they span time periods past, and dabble in historical fiction. I always find myself going down rabbit holes of research, looking up etymologies, personages of times past, and forgotten theories. The discovery is half the fun. "

    - Wil, 2/4/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Marius! And I loved this book the most after the Witching Hour. "

    - Erinashlee, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I have been away from Anne Rice for awhile so it was nice to return to her writing, which I have always loved. But as interesting as the narrative of Marius' centuries of existence is, I found him to be too much of a "Hamlet" for my taste. And his inability to develop wisdom relating to his companions was incredible! His behavior toward Bianca in particular was appalling. Enjoyed the first glimpse of the Talamasca. The ending was confusing and abrupt. "

    - Shelley, 1/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Serenity, 1/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Aime, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The story f Marious is such a fascinating one. I like him more than I like Lestat, Marius is a real "man". "

    - Iniara, 12/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I really liked this one because you get more history behind some of our favorites "

    - Kristi, 12/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another Anne Rice vampire autobiography. LOVE IT! "

    - Stephanie, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - kimmie, 11/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It took me two tries to get through it because it was slow, but I liked it. "

    - L.C., 10/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The first Anne Rice book I ever read and still one of the best. I was intrigued and found the story very interesting, one of the better ones I've read from her. "

    - Amanda, 10/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Nice story about Marius' life before and after becommong immortal. I can't fault any of Anne's books "

    - Marina, 8/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " If not familiar with the previous books of the series, this might sound original, but by now the whole thing was a repetitive mess. Last book I read before giving up on the Vampire Chronicles. "

    - Ale, 7/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have a copy up for trade/sell, prefferably trade. :D "

    - Minioda, 6/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Much of this story confused me. It wasn't until after ward I realized I'd read one out of order. "

    - Victoria, 9/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " When one don't die, you get to see time more... however slowly. However, the memories accumulate, they continue to change the mind. I wonder if one can get wisdom overload. "

    - David, 7/30/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This might just be my favourite book by Anne Rice. I have always felt a sense of intimacy with her characters, but Marius takes it to a whole other level. Masterly written as always. I salute her for this piece of art. "

    - Josephine, 6/13/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Excellent fiction and history all molded into one book. My fave from the VC so far, and probably the best. I love how the story telling of Marius is very straight forward and detailed, compared to the other chronicles. Now I want a Queen of the Damned version of Marius. "

    - Aion, 5/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " awesome read... fills in the missing parts of Marius life "

    - Evelyn, 4/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not her best work, but definitely not her worst. I like the way it ended. Definitely worth reading if you're a Rice fan. "

    - Joseph, 3/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not much new material in this one. "

    - Krista, 11/6/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Rice must be having fun revisiting the characters from her previous books. This one focuses on Marius, and there is LOTS of action, but there is still the overlying moralistic nuances. I like how we see the bickering/rivalry among the vampires in this one and the age old vendettas. "

    - Kelly, 10/31/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " What I enjoyed the most about this book is the (distorted) love affair between Marius and Pandora. I'm fascinated by the vampires and there background, so if your into these pale creatures then pick up this book! "

    - Leticia, 10/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " It was alright , but it was unnecessarily long and repetitive "

    - Lubna, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book because we finally got to hear Marius' story. Lestat always annoyed me on some level but when we got Pandora, I just wanted to finally hear Marius tell his tale. For me this book did not let me down. "

    - Liandyr, 5/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyed this book very much. The history seemed to be well researched and very interesting. The characters were well developed. Very good story. "

    - Judith, 5/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Continuing to enjoy Anne Rice's series and looking forward to reading through the rest of the Vampire Chronicles. "

    - Rachel, 3/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Lonelymusician, 3/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Its truely amaaaaaaazing... :i loved it,,, its like i was in a journey through tiiiime :D "

    - Amigo, 2/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " a much loved old favourite of mine, however i think i need to get a new copy the spine is wearing a bit thin oops "

    - Leanne, 2/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I bought this book hoping to learn more about the Armand character from 'The Vampire Armand'. However, the story is mainly about Marius and I found myself searching the pages looking for Armand's name. I will read this book again when my somewhat obsessive behavior subsides... "

    - Pirullinen, 1/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " la historia de Marius Romanus! increíble, genial. creo que fue el que más rápido leí. "

    - Angel, 10/18/2010

About the Author

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

Roger Rees, Welsh stage, film, and television actor and, more recently, narrator of audiobooks, is known on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States he received a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Nicholas Nickleby. American TV viewers are familiar with Roger from Cheers, in which he played Robin Colcord. As for audiobooks, Roger has performed in a wide variety of programs, from the LA Theatre Works’ production of Lady Windmere’s Fan, to mystery anthologies such as Malice Domestic and thrillers like Pop Goes the Weasel. His audiobook narration has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.