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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (2 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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Memnoch the Devil is the fifth novel in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles series, following The Tale of the Body Thief. In this story, Lestat is increasingly paranoid that a powerful force has had its sights trained on him. As a promise to the ghost of his hunted prey, Roger, Lestat searches for Roger’s beautiful, evangelical daughter Dora in order to watch over her. Lestat is intrigued by Dora, the pure good foil to Roger’s dark evil. But just as he grows ever more fascinated with her, Lestat is confronted by Memnoch, the Devil, the force that has been stalking him for some time.

Lestat is sucked in by Memnoch. Memnoch presents him with unimagined opportunities—to witness creation, to visit purgatory, to be treated like a prophet—all the while convincing Lestat that God is not quite the loving patriarch that many Christians believe him to be. Lestat faces a choice between the Devil or God. In whom does he believe? Whom does he serve? Lestat finds himself caught in a serious battle for his soul.

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  • “Sensual…Bold, fast-paced.”

    USA Today

  • “Like Interview with the Vampire, Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch intensity…Narrated by Rice’s most cherished character, the vampire Lestat, Memnoch tells a tale as old as Scripture’s legends and as modern as today’s religious strife.

    Rolling Stone

  • Memnoch the Devil offers passages of poetic brilliance.”

    Playboy

  • “Startling…fiendish…Memnoch’s tale is compelling.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Rice has penned an ambitious close to this long-running series…Fans will no doubt devour this.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “[Memnoch] is one of Rice’s most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date…Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form.”

    Seattle Times

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  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 by Karen | 6/6/2016

    " I love Anne Rice. All of her books examine "big themes". Often the musing is about the nature of existence. This book focuses on theological questions regarding God and the devil...It examines a long-standing argument between the two...As Christian lore tells us the devil is actually an angel, albeit a fallen one and he rules over hell...This book gives the backstory of the devil's devotional, but challenging relationship with God and his questioning of why God included such tremendous suffering in His scheme for physical manifestation...Memnoch questions God's infallibility and challenges Him that He has made a mistake in this regard...God is having none of it and eventually gives Memnoch a hell to run as he sees fit. Memnoch related to the place as a purgatory for ultimate entrance into heaven rather than as a place of eternal damnation....So the book makes the argument essentially that the devil is a good guy trying to help people who have suffered senselessly under Gods famous "Mysterious Plan"... This argument is presented in the context of Memnoch having grown weary over the eons and trying to recruit the Vampire Lestat to become his assistant. Memnoch takes Lestat to both heaven and hell while he tries to penetrate Lestat's conventional and unsophisticated understanding of the theological situation....There is also a fun romp with Lestat and his victim, a huge drug lord, and the victim's near saint mystic daughter...Very entertaining and gives one something to ponder...I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 only because I am not a Christian and the theological debate is not as compelling to me as it is to Anne. "

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