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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,012 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Janet McTeer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: New Tales of the Vampires Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418266
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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 begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we 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.

Look for Anne Rice’s new book, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, coming November 29, 2016.


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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.”

    Salon.com, editorial review

  • 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
  • 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
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Anderson | 12/7/2013

    " I enjoyed the books, but wasn't wowed by either one of them. Just when I started to feel myself heading into Four Star Land, the tale would either falter or go into way too much esoteric detail. Not bad, but you could give this one a pass and not worry that you'd missed anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 7/20/2013

    " The first story was better than the second. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alftheo Potgieter | 2/19/2013

    " First person! I hate first person! But both the books read easily and have a good plot. Especially the second one is quite bloody "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme | 9/27/2012

    " What happened? I really enjoyed Anne Rice when she first came out. The body thief was a travesty for me. Then I see Pandora is out and I'm excited. I was disappointed. This was not worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 7/18/2012

    " This was fantastic. Anne Rice is an excellent writer. I wish her all the best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 4/25/2012

    " I really liked the book. The Pandora part was a good placement of that timeframe. It read slow but nice. The Vittorio part started bad. I didn't like it, but suddenly it turned and became an interresting story with some speed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisa | 3/23/2012

    " it was very good just like her "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freda White | 3/1/2012

    " i love everything i've read by anne rice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 2/10/2012

    " Not my Favorite from Rice, but not bad. The first chapter was kind of boring, then it got interesting for a while. Then the end was kind of a recap of Marius story. Still a good story, really like Pandora. This is a review of just Pandora, not Vittorio. I am listning to that next! "

  • 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

Janet McTeer is one of Britain’s leading actresses. She has made her principal impact in theater, playing many classical roles, including Rosalind in As You Like It and Nora in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House on Broadway. Her performance of the title role in Schiller’s Mary Stuart was especially memorable. She grew up in York and has a distinct ear for accents which made her an ideal reader for Wuthering Heights.