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3.00009098353198 out of 53.00009098353198 out of 53.00009098353198 out of 53.00009098353198 out of 53.00009098353198 out of 5 3.00 (21,982 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: New Tales of the Vampires Series Release Date:
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Anne Rice, creator of the vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches, and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead.

The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life.

Pandora carries you back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, where she meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. She is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. You then follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.

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  • EERILY VIBRANT . . . The title character is a highborn woman of Augustan Rome who later names herself after the Pandora of mythology, opening her own box of surprises. Sitting in a modern-day Paris café in the aftermath of a fresh kill, the vampire Pandora accepts the challenge of recounting her history and immediately sets to work, filling the blank pages of an elegant leatherbound notebook. . . . A wealth of narrative twists and period detail. The New York Times Book Review
  • TANTALIZING. Library Journal
  • “A wealth of narrative twists and period detail…Rice’s morbid yet eerily vibrant fiction world still exerts its familiar power.”

    New York Times Book Review, editorial review

  • “She writes fearlessly, and she’s a storyteller of authentic power. Pandor herself is one of Rice’s deftest and warmest creations.”

  • This is Rice in top romantic form. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • SEDUCTIVE . . . [RICE] HAS RETURNED TO THE SOURCE OF HER BEST WORK, her sexy and invincible vampires. . . . Pandora is a superheroine: beautiful, of course, but also smart, fearless, independent, lusty, resourceful, and so pumped up at the end of her breathless narrative, she takes off for New Orleans, hot on the trail of Lestat and Marius. Booklist
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 6/6/2016

    " This book is the backstory of one of the vampires in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles". Actually, it is in a shorter group of books the refers to as "New Tales of the Vampires". I don't know why she placed there, because Pandora is a player in the Lestat books....Anne has written several books featuring Lestat as the main protagonist. After that she began to flesh out the stories of other major characters giving several their own books....This is an interesting story whose "big themes" are ancient Roman history, and the argument between the traditional male point-of-view residing Spock-like in only the realm of logic and reason vs the female position that includes empathy, feeling and the mystical...That argument extends to Woman constantly having to argue for the validity of her Way against the demeaning dismissal of anything feeling-based. Good feminist theme...Like I said earlier the other main theme is ancient Roman history and early Christian history. I love overviews given via personal accounts of one or two characters who actually live through all of the epochs. It's both "big picture" objective and personally intimate. It informs about historical occurrences, but also provides cultural context. Makes history come alive in a way textbooks can't. Fascinating....Also nice to here a narrative from a female "voice" since most of Anne's writings come through male protagonists....I recommend this book. It stands alone, but is fuller and richer if other of her books have been read first. The significance of the Mother and the Father (Those Who Must Be Kept) is deeper when one has read their history in the overall scheme of this vampire realm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 6/6/2016

    " I adore Anne Rice and am listening to all of her vampire novels in chronological order. She has a multi-book series "The Chronicles" and a shorter series "New Tales". The former is the extended world of Lestat. The latter includes stories of "stand-alone" vampires (i.e. characters who are not part of Lestat's world). This book is one of those...The narration is EXCELLENT. I love the narrator's voice. If it was the first book of hers you had ever read it would probably be fine. However, compared to books in the Lestat series, it fell a little flat. It bored me a bit....Anne always explores "big themes" via her vampires. I like that. The big theme of this book was "at what cost does a society create Utopia". Vampires need victims. A mountain town needs to be rid of its burdens on society--the sick, elderly, demented, disabled and mentally-slow. A bargain is struck. Vittorio is appalled. His umbrage has personal roots (not simply philosophical ones) and the book is off and running....Like I said, as a first book it would be fine, but I found its metaphysical musings and the entwined love story a bit trite and boring compared to her other works. Hence, the 3-star review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nik Bramblett | 2/14/2014

    " It's said that books can allow us to be an "armchair tourist" so that we can travel the world without ever leaving our home. It's not even humanly possible, I suppose, to visit 3rd century Antioch, for example... Rice's signature richness and detail, coupled with her meticulous research, vivid imagination, and (in my view) unparalleled talent at world-building actually takes us there through the eyes of Pandora, the first, and I think foremost, character in her New Tales of the Vampires series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Wright | 2/11/2014

    " Smaller book, but to the point. After reading Armand's story, I was ready to continue with Pandora his "Sister" and liked it as well. "

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