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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (239,125 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:
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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

  • 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
  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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