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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,908 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Stephen Spinella Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9780739304686
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Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off, and tells the story of Lestat’s quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair.

Welcome back to Blackwood Farm. Here are all of the brilliantly conceived characters that make up the two worlds of vampires and witches: Mona Mayfair, who has come to the farm to die and is brought into the realm of the undead; her uncle, Julian Mayfair, guardian of the family, determined to forever torment Lestat for what he has done to Mona; Rowan Mayfair, brilliant neurosurgeon and witch, who finds herself dangerously drawn to the all-powerful Lestat; her husband, Michael Curry, hero of the Mayfair Chronicles, who seeks Lestat’s help with the temporary madness of his wife; Ash Templeton, a 5,000-year-old Taltos who has taken Mona’s child; and Patsy, the country-western singer, who returns to avenge her death at the hands of her son, Quinn Blackwood.

Delightfully, at the book’s centre is the Vampire Lestat, once the epitome of evil, now pursuing the transformation set in motion with Memnoch the Devil. He struggles with his vampirism and yearns for goodness, purity and love, as he saves Patsy’s ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, uncovers the mystery of the Taltos and unselfishly decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.

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  • “Seductive…Rice draws on the most tantalizing pieces from past novels and blends them artfully with new revelations.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 2/10/2014

    " The last 70 pages had some redeeming qualities but still not worth reading. Anne needs some completely new characters to write about. These have been wrung dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/8/2014

    " Best of Rice's vampire books in a long time. Good way to end the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meredith | 1/29/2014

    " When Lestat began talking like Austin Powers narrating A Clockwork Orange, I gave up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/27/2014

    " I can't get enought of those Mayfair Witches or Quinn Blackwood! Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C00k!3 Sm!th | 1/25/2014

    " i have not read this book yet but i'll bet you that it's really good because anne rice wrote it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 1/24/2014

    " Fortunately it's the last of the Vampire Chronicles, as it certainly continues the downward spiral that began with Queen of the Damned. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 1/19/2014

    " Very disappointing end to this series, you can tell her heart was not in it. Dialog was un-natural and characters did things that they would not do in the other books in this series. I almost didn't finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa De La Torre | 1/17/2014

    " The ending of the two most intriguing series of Anne Rice "Mayfair Witches" "Vampire Chronicles"... I did not at all expected it to be like this, but all things must come to an end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan Ballor | 1/13/2014

    " A fairly disappointing, slow, and drawn out ending spoiled an otherwise enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Missie | 12/20/2013

    " It was nice to have things wrapped up but I don't believe the changes in Rowan's personality. But changing character traits seems to be a favorite of Anne Rice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 12/10/2013

    " I was saddened when I came to the end of this series. I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kele | 12/1/2013

    " Didn't hold my attention as well as some of Anne's other reads, still enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wouter | 11/15/2013

    " I'm amazed, looking at her previous accomplishments, how Rice managed to write such utter crap as this book. And why noone had the decency to point this fact out to her before this book was published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 10/29/2013

    " As always Lestat comes in a great way. I find it a good book, with an amazing art from Anne Rice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Bowling | 8/16/2013

    " Started out a comedy....I think. Not a bad story. A bit of a reunion of all the supernatural critters throughout the chronicles. This was written during a trying time in Anne's life and it is evident. Could be a good place to let Lestat and company rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 10/18/2012

    " Too obvious in trying to wrap everything up. Lestat-Rowan was not believable. Taltos was kind of interesting, but seemed out of place. I will miss Lestat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/12/2012

    " I enjoyed this book as well as the others. I find her story idea for this one as well as the others very intriguing. I enjoy her writing and wish she would continue to write more in this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Pate | 5/16/2012

    " I think Anne Rice was just trying to finish off the Vampire Chronicles so she could get started on her Life of Christ series. I just hate to see the end of a series I love but I hear great things about her new books. You gotta go where God leads you... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek DeHart | 4/5/2012

    " It's pretty sad that this is the last one. I didn't really get much of a sense of closure. Hopefully she'll come back to the series at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 10/30/2011

    " It sure is fun having Lestat back "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sydney Shickler | 9/12/2011

    " very good! im half wayt through and cant put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli Perez | 6/5/2011

    " Very awesome story added on to the blackwood farm I love how Anne Rice connected both the witching chronicles and the vampire chronices! Awesome! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayle | 5/19/2011

    " The last book in Anne Rice's vampire series. Unfortunately it tries too hard to tie up the vampire, witch, taltos threads and makes a sad ending mess. If Interview With the Vampire was a powerhouse way to begin - this is a whimpering end. I was hoping for much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renne | 4/8/2011

    " Overall, not bad. Once you get use to Lestat's way of talking and how he thinks about things, that is. Sometimes he rambles on and you want to shake him, but he and the rest of the characters pull you into their plight very well. So, it's worth the confusion at the beginning of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 4/6/2011

    " It's pretty sad that this is the last one. I didn't really get much of a sense of closure. Hopefully she'll come back to the series at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/4/2011

    " The last book of the chronicles was an entertaining read- if you like the character Lestat- you will enjoy this book. I have enjoyed the whole series, some more than others- for the most part the earliest better than any others. For those who are fans of Vampire books- these are a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeraD | 1/8/2011

    " I love the characters of Tarquin Blackwood and Mona Mayfair. Lestat, as always, drives me a bit crazy, but the story of the mysterious Taltos has finally resolved itself and was happy to see Lestat's restraint in the end. I always enjoy Anne Rice's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 9/24/2010

    " An interesting twist on the Rice's infamous character, Lestat. I did not read the book before it, so there were a few characters and references I had to figure out for myself (or ignore). Of course, I have to say the strangest turn of events Anne's ever written... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 9/15/2010

    " It has been years since I read Anne Rice and I am sooo enjoying this book! "

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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.