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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Kirsten Potter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780739358979
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In 2005, Anne Rice startled her readers with her novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, and revealing that, after years as an atheist, she had returned to her Catholic faith.

And now, in her powerful memoir, Rice tells the story of the spiritual transformation that produced a complete change in her literary goals. She begins with her girlhood in New Orleans as the devout child in a deeply religious family. She writes about her years in Berkeley, where her career as a novelist began with the publication of Interview with the Vampire. She writes about loss and tragedy (her mother’s drinking, the death of her daughter and, later, her beloved husband); about new joys; about the birth of her son. She tells how after an adult lifetime of questioning, she experienced the intense conversion and consecration to Christ that lie behind her most recent novels.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Nothing short of magnificent. . . . What a real blessing, what a vulnerable sharing. Flos Carmeli
  • A lovely, intelligent book. PopMatters
  • Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a religious person—even if you are not a Christian—read this book. Anyone can appreciate the message contained in Called Out of Darkness. . . . It is a thinking person’s approach to faith. Edge (Provincetown, MA)
  • [A] very affecting story of a well-known prodigal’s return. . . . Called Out of Darkness is the vivid, engaging tale of the journey of a soul into light. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Rice couples her writing talents with the zeal of a recent convert. Christianity Today
  • Rice could rival C.S. Lewis as a popular apologist for the faith. Time
  • Rice’s memoir shows what true belief really involves. It exacts a price. James Agee had a lovely term for this. He called it ‘cruel radiance.’ Los Angeles Times
  • Anne Rice is not a convert but a revert. . . . A loving reconstruction of the pre–Vatican II Church of the 1940s and 1950s. . . . [After] twenty-five years and twenty-one books . . . Rice entrusts both herself and the people she loves to God. First Things
  • Called Out of Darkness is rich in both poetic simplicity and liberating confessionals. This memoir is not to be missed. East Bay Literary Examiner
  • I am not a Christian and I normally don’t read what I would call Christian books. They don’t appeal to me, they don’t interest me and I normally pass them by in the bookstore. . . . [But] I picked up [Called Out of Darkness] up this afternoon and it’s beyond wonderful. Jamieson Wolf
  • As a long-time reader of Anne Rice’s, the impetus she presents here makes me want to re-read many of her prior works. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks the inspiration and motivation behind the bestselling novels they’ve read. BookReporter.com

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angeline | 2/20/2014

    " I've always enjoyed Anne Rice's writing, and I was really interested in hearing about her spiritual journey as well. While the read was quick and enjoyable, it left something to be desired and didn't really seem to offer any special insight into Rice's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/17/2014

    " Some parts I disagreed with, but this book is actually really inspiring, even though I currently don't believe in any religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edith | 2/9/2014

    " This was my and my good friend's favorite book of the last year. I found it eloquent and deeply meaningful. Since reading Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain and Madeleine L'Engle's Crosswicks Journals, I have sought out spiritual confessions, also called spiritual autobiographies or spiritual memoirs, such as this one. This one ranks with the other two in excellence. I was fascinated to read about the Catholic church in which the author grew up in New Orleans and the following years she spent as a well known author. The highlight of the book is when she courageously writes about her return to faith and to the church.To me, this was a most sustaining book to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steffie | 12/17/2013

    " Who would have thought Anne Rice was so deeply emeshed in Catholicsm as a young girl? Very detailed, almost ad naseum and a cautionary tale about following any religion blindly and without question and introspection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Johnston | 12/8/2013

    " Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession, is a five-star read. Anne Rice beautifully describes how she came to find insights about life and God in her childhood, and specifically before she could read. She is candid about her limitations, her progression from faithful Catholic to seeker whose questions led her to find answers outside of the church, and finally back to Jesus Christ in a very personal way. It is a beautiful memoir, intimately rendered, and the work of someone who clearly wants to satisfy the public's curiosity about how an author might go from writing about vampires who feed on the blood of others to writing about the One who shed His own blood freely for the sins of humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nece | 11/30/2013

    " I am on page 80 or so and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. Anne Rice is such a gifted writer that I can almost smell the Wisteria of her childhood New Orleans home. So far, so excellent! I LOVED, LOVED this book! I don't agree with all of her conclusions but I love her journey back to God. She is an amazing writer and I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 11/28/2013

    " Couldn't even finish this book. Seemed very scattered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 11/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed her journey and her awakening to realize that even though she might have left the Church and God, that the Church and God never left her. Ms. Rice has a way with description that it makes you feel that you are there. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 11/15/2013

    " Quite brave of Rice to write such a revealing book about her spiritual journey. It is bound to alienate some of her fan base. I related to much of what she says as might you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salomé | 10/1/2013

    " Though of course I don't always agree with her theologically, I have really like Anne Rice's books about Jesus, and this spiritual memoir is extremely well written and honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Alice | 3/28/2013

    " I found this tedious and full of unneeded detail. I had a hard time reading it and skimmed the first half of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tish | 9/6/2012

    " Wow. I'll try to write more later. I read this today. I think I need to mull it over a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 7/26/2012

    " A month or so after finishing this book, I saw where Anne Rice basically renounced her newfound communion with the Church. This did not change my opinion of her spiritual memoir - it is a very good and honest look at her conversion story, and it is a story that obviously is ongoing (sound familar?) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 6/16/2012

    " Decent read. The descriptions were too flowery for my taste and, to me, detracted from how the author returned to her roots let alone "found God" again. Since it seems God was never truly lost but rather ignored by the author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam Salmonson Kolbe | 12/21/2011

    " I really wanted to read this book, but after 100 pages and she was still in her early elementary school years, I just couldn't continue... Maybe I'll try to read it again in the future- knowing that I will just have to skim through until I get past all the background info... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 11/14/2011

    " This seems to be an honest memoir of a famous novelist's spiritual development, but I just couldn't relate to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Gowen | 10/22/2011

    " I was touched "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaddi | 9/24/2011

    " I am glad I read this book because I now see where Anne Rice is in her life. I doubt that we will be seeing any more vampire/witch books from her (which is a pity). The new religious books aren't as interesting to me--even though as always, they are beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raimo | 6/22/2011

    " Quite brave of Rice to write such a revealing book about her spiritual journey. It is bound to alienate some of her fan base. I related to much of what she says as might you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 6/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed her journey and her awakening to realize that even though she might have left the Church and God, that the Church and God never left her. Ms. Rice has a way with description that it makes you feel that you are there. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 3/12/2011

    " Very good. Lots of things to ponder that resonated with me. I think I'll take a different path in the end than Anne Rice did, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/25/2011

    " Quite a fascinating read! To read the story behind the author who wrote the famous "Vampire Chronicles", who turned from Atheist to Christ-Follower. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/18/2011

    " Very good. It was more descriptive of the reason she is drawn to Catholicism with the beautiful buildings, statues and imagery from her childhood but the last few chapters about being drawn to God and her personal life were very moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 1/17/2011

    " Really tried on this one.
    But just couldn't get into it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 11/27/2010

    " Famed writer talks about her return to Catholicism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 9/14/2010

    " Never read any of Ann Rice's previous books. Autobiographical book tracking Anne's early strict Catholic childhood, her athiest years ( when she wrote the vampire books) and her conversion back to Catholicism. As a Catholic, I really liked 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.

About the Narrator

Kirsten Potter, who graduated with highest honors from Boston University, has narrated numerous audiobooks and has performed for television and in theaters across the country. She has won several awards, including eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her work has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and by AudioFile magazine, among many others.