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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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