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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Roger Rees Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: January 2001 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 & Awards

  • “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

  • “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.
  • “Rice writes with her usual erotic and historically evocative flair.”

    People

  • “A marvelous adventure.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wil | 2/4/2014

    " 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. "

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

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 1/10/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serenity | 1/7/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aime | 1/5/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iniara | 12/29/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 12/17/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Nickell | 12/6/2013

    " Another Anne Rice vampire autobiography. LOVE IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kimmie | 11/22/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L.C. | 10/30/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 8/25/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ale | 7/3/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minioda | 6/26/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Allred | 9/13/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/30/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine Hansen | 6/13/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aion | 5/15/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 4/28/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 3/21/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 11/6/2011

    " Not much new material in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/31/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leticia | 10/26/2011

    " 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! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lubna | 5/21/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liandyr | 5/5/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 5/4/2011

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

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonelymusician | 3/2/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amigo | 2/13/2011

    " Its truely amaaaaaaazing... :i loved it,,,

    its like i was in a journey through tiiiime :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 2/7/2011

    " 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 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pirullinen | 1/12/2011

    " 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... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 10/18/2010

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

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