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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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