Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles Audiobook, by Anne Rice Play Audiobook Sample

Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles Audiobook

Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles Audiobook, by Anne Rice Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 12.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 9.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: October 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780385361798

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08:53 minutes

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14 seconds

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06:21 minutes

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A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return from Anne Rice, perennial bestseller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology—a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces—the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis: vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned. Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth-century Carthage, fourteenth-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet; Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the voice is and to discover the secret of what it desires and why.

And at the book’s center is the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat.

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"Just when you think you know the whole story! Anne Rice expands the vampire realm exponentially. Such a brilliant storyteller. This book is many small books spun together. Many ancient yet-to-be revealed vampires. So many new origin stories. So many characters from books long ago intertwined with the "new" characters. It's all an intricate dance around the maypole of one unifying plot. Endlessly fascinating.Including a consideration of the effects of the Internet and Google Earth on their way"

— Karen Parker (5 out of 5 stars)


  • No one does what Anne Rice does . . . Not only does she find ways—brilliant ways—to tease new narrative potential from old stories, she does so while acknowledging that those stories are already part of the other characters’ psyches.  I don’t know of any other novelist doing that . . . she has not lost any of her flair for description, allowing us to experience the world the way her vampires do, with the sensory volume turned up to 11 . . . fun, sexy, and irresistible.”

  • -January Magazine

  • Irrepressively seductive.”

  • -John Russell, Next Magazine

  • Bloody marvelous . . . Prince Lestat is saving the undead from banality and overfamiliarity.”

  • -Daniel D’Addario, Time

  • Chilling.”

  • -Us Magazine

  • Anne Rice reminds us just how immense and rich with history her universe of poetic, morally questioning vampires is, and Prince Lestat serves as a palate cleanser to the hormone-soaked teen dramas of the past few years. It’s nice to have a real grown-up back in the game.”

  • -Cotton Codinha, Elle

  • Ambitious...Rice never lost touch with the exuberant, often witty, and always fearless voice of irrepressible vampire Lestat de Lioncourt... Rice has offered us a tale of tremendous ambition, and she’s absolutely delivered.”

  • -Matthew Jackson, BookPage 

  • “With this novel, we can all rejoice that Brat Prince Lestat has returned—and he couldn’t have been called from his exile at a more pressing time. The entire vampire world has descended into bloody massacres and the madness of destruction. Many of Rice’s hallmark characters return in this novel, but make no mistake: Prince Lestat is no quiet swan song. It ripples with suspense and excitement.”

    — Barnes&, editorial review
  • [Rice] retakes her throne as Queen of the Damned . . . visceral and gritty . . . [Prince Lestat] infuses new life into the Vampire Chronicles and sets the stage for a new era.

  • -Elise de los Santos, Chicago RedEye

  • “Rice’s newest Vampire Chronicles installment is triumphant…Rice fills the dense story with plenty of deliciously gory mythology.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Vampire fans, you’ve been waiting a long time—since 2003’s Blood Canticle, in fact—for Rice to revisit the territory first trod by that immortal dazzler Lestat. Rice revisits familiar climes and characters from her ‘Chronicles’ but shows us a world where vampires have proliferated dangerously, leading to mass burnings. Even old vampires join in, obeying a cryptic Voice. A book you can chew on.”

    — Library Journal
  • “The vampires are back, and they’re ready to rumble…Things aren’t going well in the vampire world these days: A population explosion among the immortals has led to chaos, pitting vampire against vampire. Will Lestat rise to the top of the new order? After her long detour from the wildly popular Vampire Chronicles, Rice ties old and new characters together in a lavishly spooky package.”

    — BookPage
  • “Rice extends the Chronicles even farther into the past, rounding out storylines stretching into ancient Egypt, while reintroducing a large cast of familiars and adding some new characters to the mix…The busy intergenerational (and interplanes of existence) conflict that ensues screams out for at least one sequel, if not a string of them. Rice fans probably need not fear a drought of her thirst-quenching tales, then. As for this one, it’s trademark Rice: talky, inconsequential, but good old-fashioned fanged fun.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014
  • One of BookPage Top Pick for October 2014
  • One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014: Fantasy

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About 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 Simon Vance

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.