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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: January 1998 ISBN: 9781415920640
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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
  • RICE'S MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN WORK . . . A BOOK THAT CELEBRATES THE WONDER OF THE WORLD ON EVERY PAGE. Raleigh News & Observer
  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 2/6/2014

    " Very sensual and also a fun trip into history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Cavanaugh | 2/5/2014

    " I'm not exactly sure why this isn't one of the Vampire Chronicles - it has all of the same characters and picks up nicely where Blood and Gold leaves off - but it works as a standalone piece too, and is an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julian enrique | 1/27/2014

    " Increible la desvordante imaginacion de anne al transcribir su punto de vista de la antigua roma desde el punto de vista de uno de sus ficticios vampiros "Pandora" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/21/2014

    " I love the vampire chronicles but this one is too short and sweet for my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 M | 1/10/2014

    " A slim volume that doesn't add much of anything to the mythology and pretty much serves as a masturbatory exercise in regurgitating the historical research Rice has done. She loves her some history and isn't afraid to use it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Skeptigirl | 1/5/2014

    " I have not read other ones of Anne Rice's books. I found this deprressing and bleak but well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 12/13/2013

    " I loved Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, which is why I bought this book about 11 years ago. This is one of my top 3 Anne Rice novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexy Ray | 10/26/2013

    " Pandora gave you the epic womans side of immortality and being a child of Marius gave you the artistic and feminine look into their love / hate, admiration and devotion relationship . my grandmother gave me this copy so i do hold it close to my heart and always reach for it when it snows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis Lestat 1334 | 10/18/2013

    " I was blown away with this book because of all the real historical content that Anne Rice researched and put into the book. This gave the book a very realistic aspect to the characters in that time frame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 9/22/2013

    " A trip back to Ancient Rome where cruelty reigns, Pandora is the daughter of a senator who lives the normal Roman Matron life. Highly intelligent, she is blase about her life until Imperial Tyranny sets her on an immortal course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 9/22/2013

    " Pandora is one of my favorites in Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Val | 9/22/2013

    " Another good book by Rice. Now that I look at probably when I read them, I should find where they are packed & re-read all of them again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Primula Brandybuck | 7/8/2013

    " Great book; though I always wonder why this is classified as a 'new' tale when Pandora is in the VC series, and the (then) present day begining and ending clearly put it between Memnoch and Armand's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 1/9/2013

    " This is a VERY good book. I was fascinated the whole way through. The Egyptian mythology really captured my attention. ANN RICE IS AWESOME! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 8/29/2012

    " It moved so slowly for me. Not a typical Anne Rice read. Found myself wanting to see what David would say after Pandora was done writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emaly | 6/14/2012

    " Parts of this were really good, but they were offset by sections that were not so good. As is typical in her books, the main character was very arrogant and waxed on a little too much about philosophy. I think I am finished with this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley Banas | 5/14/2012

    " Pandora is only interesting because she was married to Marius. There's one quote about the beauty of a flower compared to....a building. Other than that, the book could be skipped completely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 5/14/2012

    " I find that the one-offs Rice has written about the vampires not central to the Vampire Chronicles, are my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddy froehlich | 3/31/2012

    " Really well written glad I finally got the nerve to finish. Some parts didn't love others I adored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marene | 1/21/2012

    " What an amazing tale! She is a brilliant character! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/19/2011

    " Meh. Way to much talk and not enough show. It read like a history paper. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Lucas | 9/7/2011

    " SO far this book is incredibly captivating. I cannot put it down! Ann Rice does a wonderful job developing characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 8/22/2011

    " Weak compared to the original vampire chronicles novels. This one was not nearly as interesting. Still, if you are a hardcore Anne Rice fan, you should definitely read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leena | 7/23/2011

    " My favorite by Anne Rice "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 6/30/2011

    " My favourite Anne Rice Vampires, novel, I think. The other stories are more entertaining in many ways, but the exploration of feminism through Pandora (the myth who is also a vampire) has stuck with me for years and years since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 6/25/2011

    " This was an amazing way to be brought back into the world that Rice created! Now even deeper into the history of her amazing cast. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica | 6/20/2011

    " Loved it! the story was captavating and the romance was lovely, my favorite story ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/15/2011

    " I love this book I wish there was more
    stories with Pandora in them because I would read them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 6/5/2011

    " This is the first book in Anne's second series of Vampire Chronicles and actually the first one of her books I ever read. Loved the perspective of the female vampire. After reading Pandora I was hooked on Anne's work :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 4/24/2011

    " My favourite book in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 4/7/2011

    " Me gustó conocer la historia de Lydia :)
    Es bastante interesante! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 April | 4/3/2011

    " This was the first of many that were just called in. I cannot tell you why I kept reading them but was glad I did when I got to Merrick. I fact you could skip this, Armand, Vitorio, and Blood and Gold and not miss anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Novella | 4/2/2011

    " A fun addition The Vampire Chronicles. Its a lighthearted character history that neither adds or distracts from the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 3/22/2011

    " This is in no way the best book in the series, but is an interesting look at a side character's story. Pandora was never explained in the "core" of the series, but here we look at her human life, how she was turned, and what happened afterwards. Not the best of Anne Rice but still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel | 3/16/2011

    " and exelent story .. of couse you would expect that coming from a great author as anne rice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 3/15/2011

    " A trip back to Ancient Rome where cruelty reigns, Pandora is the daughter of a senator who lives the normal Roman Matron life. Highly intelligent, she is blase about her life until Imperial Tyranny sets her on an immortal course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luna | 3/13/2011

    " I am in no way a fan of vampire tales; I find them awfully overrated, but Pandora was such a great novel, it impressed even me. There were no slow points anywhere to be found and Pandora remains one of my favorites even after years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elektra | 3/2/2011

    " Just when you think their are not enough Vampires in Anne Rice's life she brings you even more to feel for to desire, and yet to feel even more for their deaths. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.