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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (239,213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: F. Murray Abraham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418228
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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

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

    " Anne is the BEST of the "Vampire Writers". She creates rich Characters in her novels with an incredible amount of detail.One of my Favorite types of writing styles is vividly detailed worlds that put you directly into the work as if you are living vicariously through the characters.She paints masterpieces with fine attention to detail and I LOVE the New Orleans setting.Forget about the movie, which was marginal at BEST (Tom Cruise for Lestat ?).READ the Book and you`ll forget the MOVIE even exists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shagou | 1/20/2014

    " Anne Rice .. Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dhaverma | 1/16/2014

    " Can't get into this book. It's written well but it's not my thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Hanson nagorski | 1/15/2014

    " First of a phenomenal series of vampire books. I tried reading it in 1983, but when I came back to it in 1990, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 1/2/2014

    " Anne Rice is the one who put paranormal on the map, and this the book that gave vampires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Valenz | 12/22/2013

    " Anne Rice is another one of my favorite authors, I enjoy her writing style! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tianna | 12/21/2013

    " I read this book when I was in elementary school and I remember loving it. The movie is one that I still refer to as one of my favorites. But picking it up after all these years left me surprised. I didn't really enjoy it this time around. I found reading it to be a chore and while it's still better than Twilight (which I regrettably forced myself to read so I could "know my enemy") I still found it lacking. When it comes to vampire books, I still have yet to find any that I love. I found Louis to be whiny most of the time. At one point he was complaining so much that I put the book down for two days. I also found the book to be entirely too long. When it was lengthy for the sake of being descriptive of the scenery, I was all for it. But Louis' character would droll on endlessly about his sadness or confusion or his worries about Claudia and Lestat. On the plus side, the storyline was still as interesting as I remembered it. My biggest problem with this was with Louis as a character. It's really hard to get through a book where you can't stand the main character, but he wasn't even someone I loved to hate. I actually felt that way about Lestat and wished the book was written from his perspective. Because of this, I'm willing to read the next book in The Vampire Chronicles series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/17/2013

    " First time reading Anne Rice. Pretty amazing book all in all. I will read more over time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kodou | 11/24/2013

    " Loved it! One of the best vampire books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey | 11/18/2013

    " so good. wish more vampire books were like this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 10/29/2013

    " I loved this book! It was very well written,and I didn't want it to end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Hennig | 9/28/2013

    " Enjoyed it. Very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L. Sengul | 5/4/2013

    " A very scary read, but just as exciting and thrilling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara | 3/21/2013

    " Buku punya adek..pernah baca tapi gak selesai..gara-gara dipinjem sama temennya..trus sampai skrng gak dibalikin tuh bukunya.. :"( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorese | 3/7/2013

    " A wonderful sexy homoerotic fantasy read for adults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Gurria | 2/26/2013

    " I thought it was pretty good. I read it because everyone was telling me it was great. I think it was a little over hyped up though. It tends to get really long in some places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgia | 1/24/2013

    " my favorite vampire book :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/22/2013

    " I read this in Spanish, but overall a great use of macabre, probably the best vampire series ever written. A bit too long however, there could have been some more concision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia (Heinzypop) | 1/28/2012

    " One of the first books besides Dracula that opened my mind up to the paranormal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lostfate13 | 8/1/2011

    " This book drags so badly that it took me six months to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Sgambato | 7/29/2011

    " Awesome vampire story! One of my first and favorite since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Rainey | 7/11/2011

    " One of the only books I've re-read a few times. Love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chi | 6/29/2011

    " Was really into her vampires and witches chronicles once upon a time... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) | 6/27/2011

    " Didn't not like, also, some of it verges on child porn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Menolly | 6/27/2011

    " I read this book as well as the rest of the series for the first time in high school and I remember really loving it. Recently re-read it and found I wasn't as enthralled. I think it's still worth a read - maybe you're high school me.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/26/2011

    " So far I've grown to like this Louie character already. Plus with my facination with Vampires there's no doubt I'll grow to feel I am apart of the book itself. Also after watching the movie I'm hoping the book is better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 6/25/2011

    " It was better than the movie, but, honestly, that's not saying much. An entertaining read if you're just looking for entertainment, but if you want something with substance, I'd probably pass on this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 BibbleBabble | 6/25/2011

    " I read several Anne Rice, searching for quality. My main memory is she was obsessed by the death of her daughter, and tried to bring her back to life in her fiction. More sad and creepy than engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 6/22/2011

    " Who can resist the original Anne Rice vamp book? It's been a while since I've read it (middle school, believe it or not) but I can still remember being enthralled with her story. Definitely a book that belongs in everyone's collection, even if you don't read the whole series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niav | 6/21/2011

    " So far? Much better than Twilight... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/18/2011

    " I read this book many years ago and I loved it so I'm going to give it four stars, but I'd like to read it again as an adult and review it once more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunni | 6/17/2011

    " ok. I was on this whole Vampier/bandwagon the rest of the world was on, and THIS Vamp series was a little too 'dark' for me. esp when I got to the 2nd book in THIS seried :/ "

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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.