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4.214 out of 54.214 out of 54.214 out of 54.214 out of 54.214 out of 5 4.21 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307914019
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This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside—yet he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child.

Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even settle down for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia’s struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.

Together, Louis and Claudia travel to Europe, eventually coming to Paris and the ragingly successful Theatre des Vampires—a theatre of vampires pretending to be mortals pretending to be vampires. Here they meet the magnetic and ethereal Armand, who brings them into a whole society of vampires. But Louis and Claudia find that finding others like themselves provides no easy answers…and presents dangers they scarcely imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller…Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.”

    Chicago Tribune

  •  “Unrelentingly erotic…sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.”

    Washington Post

  • “If you surrender and go with her …you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.”

    Boston Globe

  • “While Rice has continued to investigate history, faith, and philosophy in subsequent Vampire Chronicles novels (including The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and The Vampire Armand), Interview remains a treasured masterpiece. It is that rare work that blends a childlike fascination for the supernatural with a profound vision of the human condition.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving.”

    Hartford Courant

  • A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire. Chicago Tribune
  • Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable. Washington Post
  • If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream. Boston Globe
     
  • A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving. Hartford Courant

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Leigh | 2/14/2014

    " Besides Dracula, this is the best vampire story ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 2/7/2014

    " I devoured every word of this book. I consider Interview a masterpiece. Rice is a master of language, imagery, and characterization. I can't say enough good things about her vampire series. The best part is, after you're done hating Lestat, you get to fall in love with him in the second book! "

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

    " Took me awhile to finish reading it. The writing was deep, often describing more of philosophy than plot which I suspect is the reason why I took my time reading the book. The story was good though, far better than the movie. I'm glad I watched the movie before reading the book. Often times when I do the reverse I end up not enjoying the movie because it doesn't make sense anymore. "

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

    " I am re-reading the Vampire Chronicles (at least the first three, which I found packaged together as an e-book in the library). I first read these in high school, so reading them is taking me back to that time--I read every single Anne Rice vampire book that came out, devouring them instead of doing my homework. I actually still love them, but it surprises me how tame they now seem to me. Perhaps it is age and experience, or graphic media saturation? Or maybe just that shocking things, once read, can become familiar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Khrys | 1/31/2014

    " This is the first time I can say I preferred the movie... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 1/27/2014

    " Love this book, Anne Rice's imagery is palpable. I swear I smell the earth and flowers she describes and I was not able to put this book down. It does get a little creepy but it onle adds to the sensuality of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilla | 1/22/2014

    " I read this book several years ago. The book was much better than the movie! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 1/13/2014

    " The last 50 pages or so saved it from being a one star book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy Small | 1/13/2014

    " My favourite book of all time. Beautiful, macabre and evocative, transporting the reader into another world. This is the novel that inspired my love for literature and the gothic. A must read for all erotic and vampire lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Bossuyt | 1/12/2014

    " It's not bad but I like the books more that are following after this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rey | 1/6/2014

    " ann rice was able to convince me that there exist vampires and i'd like to become one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 1/2/2014

    " I read this book 20 years ago, and at the time, read it in only two sittings. I couldn't put it down. However, it did not make want to read the entire series. By the end, I had had my fill of Lestat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 12/27/2013

    " When I first read this I enjoyed it. I decided to give it a second read and could not get into it, which is strange for me thus the 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 12/23/2013

    " The first vampire book I ever read (yes, as a teenage girl), which made me obsessed with vampires. (Honestly, what IS it with teenage girls and vampires?!) Point is - this book kicks YA butt. It's the real deal. Read it and forget all about Edward! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Kirkham | 12/11/2013

    " my fav book ever ,, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanja | 11/27/2013

    " I read this book before the movie was made so I had a nice unbiased view. Loved how the story was portrayed and how it moved. A shame however that certain parts of the book never were used in the movie because to me they did add value and depth to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany Carroll | 11/26/2013

    " I loved this book. Granted, I'm a sucker (no pun intended) for creatures who ingest blood (as in vampires or cannibals) and for stories written with tons of description. This more or less fulfilled both. Although I am unsure of Armand and Louis's sexualities...anybody know that?:/ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence Mcleod | 12/19/2012

    " So much better than the movie. i love Louie after this book, rather than the second fiddle that the movie made him out to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candida D'mello | 10/30/2012

    " LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!AND THE MOVIE WAS ALMOST EXACT. Anne Rice, best author of all time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jayme VA | 9/13/2012

    " I have started this book about a million times and never got very far. This time, I tried the audio book and got further than before, but I just can't do it. I can't put my finger on it, but I'm giving up for good this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn | 5/26/2012

    " I love Anne Rice - all her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Hurt | 5/23/2012

    " Best vampire book I have read to date. Weaves a fantastic tale that starts an epic series. If you are into the pre-twilight vampire stories but all you know about this book is from the movie then go back and read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saffron | 4/15/2012

    " My adolescent self read this in one sitting and cried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vashti Q | 3/9/2012

    " Great book! Very entertaining. No sparkly vampires here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Morrow | 9/30/2011

    " Descriptive and thought provoking book. The image of the child vampire, Claudia, still haunts me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Kane | 9/23/2011

    " Anne Rice like fantasizing about this blood sucking creature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonya | 7/18/2011

    " Awesome...of course better than the movie :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Kelleher | 6/8/2011

    " First one, best one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariel | 5/20/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time. I was amazed with the beauty of the language and the realness of the characters. Would read it over and over again "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.