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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (71,507 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Kate Nelligan, David Purdham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418280
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The rock star known as Vampire Lestat, worshipped by millions of spellbound fans, prepares for a concert in San Francisco. Among the audience, pilgrims in a blind swoon of adoration, are hundreds of vampires, creatures who see Lestat as a “greedy fiend risking the secret prosperity of all his kind just to be loved and seen by mortals,” fiends themselves who hate Lestat’s power and who are determined to destroy him.

The sleep of certain men and women, vampires and mortals scattered around the world, is haunted by a vivid, mysterious dream: of twins with fiery red hair and piercing green eyes who suffer an unspeakable tragedy. It is a dream that slowly, tauntingly reveals its meaning to the dreamers as they make their way toward each other, some to be destroyed on the journey, some to face an even more terrifying fate at journey’s end.

Akasha, Queen of the Damned, mother of all vampires, rises after a six thousand year sleep and puts into motion a heinous plan to “save” mankind from itself and make “all myths of the world real” by elevating herself and her chosen son/lover to the level of the gods: “I am the fulfillment and I shall from this moment be the cause.”

These narrative threads wind sinuously across a vast, richly detailed tapestry of the violent, sensual world of vampirism, taking us back six thousand years to its beginnings. As the stories of the “first brood” of blood drinkers are revealed, we are swept across the ages, from Egypt to South America to the Himalayas to all the shrouded corners of the globe where vampires have left their mark. Vampires are created, mortals succumbing to the sensation of “being emptied, of being devoured, of being nothing.” Vampires are destroyed. Dark rituals are performed, the rituals of ancient creatures prowling the modern world. And, finally, we are brought to a moment in the twentieth century when, in an astonishing climax, the fate of the living dead, and perhaps of the living, all the living, will be decided.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Imaginative . . . intelligently written . . . This is popular fiction of the highest order. USA Today
  • A tour de force. The Boston Globe
  • Mesmerizing . . . a wonderful web of dark-side mythology. San Francisco Chronicle
  • With The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice has created universes within universes, traveling back in time as far as ancient, pre-pyramidic Egypt and journeying from the frozen mountain peaks of Nepal to the crowded, sweating streets of southern Florida. Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeff Yoak | 2/20/2014

    " I'm giving up on the Vampire Chronicles. I enjoyed some of them, mostly later ones, when I read them a long time ago, but they just aren't for me any longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chenin Camille | 2/19/2014

    " This book was the first to make me weep. Openly weep. Epic doesn't begin to describe it, I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany Pierce | 2/9/2014

    " Not as good as the first 2, but you cannot, unfortunately stop at the end of "Lestat." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Schilling | 1/31/2014

    " Awesome. The plot was really rich and layered. They left way too much out about Ashka and the other old world vampires. I loved this book. I wish the movie had matched. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey | 1/23/2014

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK! I could not put it down. To bad they messed up the movie.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelee Bush | 1/18/2014

    " excellent continuation of the Vampire Chronicles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annah-marie | 1/17/2014

    " The story of the Twins totally makes this book! The ending was meh, I figured out almost immediately what needed to happen to stop the Queen. Out of all the Vampire Chronicles I've read so far, this one is my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/4/2014

    " A great continuation of the history Rice established in the first two novels. I liked the variety added with different narrators. The ending was abrupt - not sure how I feel about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Take A | 1/1/2014

    " this book is well written.hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia R | 12/28/2013

    " Meh. No real twist to it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 12/5/2013

    " I re-read this again for the first time in years and once again was thrilled with it, although some of it was pretty out there. After reading this again, Marius has surpassed Lestat as my favorite vampire. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/5/2013

    " Even better than the first two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NefariousWhim | 9/27/2013

    " So many different characters and their back stories, while reading Anne Rice just sucks you right into her history lesson on vampires. I absolutely loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 8/6/2013

    " another book where it is better then the movie. Enjoyed reading this and would certainly read it over again if I owned it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Andresen | 9/24/2012

    " Yeah, the movie was kind of crappy. But in the beginning was the book and the book was good. No, it was awesome! This one is by far my favorite in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/9/2012

    " Not my favorite of this series, but it was good to visit with Lestat again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/2/2012

    " Good but Anne started to lose me with this one.... but still a fantastic series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/4/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It is definitely not like the movie which is okay. I thought it had some fun parts in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drea | 9/14/2011

    " I refuse to believe that there were more books in this series, after this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lis Albers | 9/11/2011

    " Much much better than 'The Vampire Lestat'! I loved this one!! I might go on with the series I think, but it's that there is no cliffhanger-ending. LOOOOOVE IIIIIIT :D :D I wanna be a vampire! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 6/29/2011

    " I'm just a true fan of Anne Rice and particularly this whole vampire "saga". I have no complaints when it comes to any of her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 6/17/2011

    " My favorite book of the Vampire Chronicles series by far! This book captivated my attention so much so that I was not able to put it down until I finished it. I will definitely be re-reading this book and the entire vampire chronicles series again and again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessaminesbluecastle | 6/15/2011

    " I think this is the only book that has literally made me not sleep all night in fear. Anne Rice is very skilled! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 6/15/2011

    " good book but a bit long oh well I've read longer ones now.
    I've see the movie before I read this so I
    notice all the things they changed some of them are good like the fact of who changed
    Jess I like the movie better but I loved the part in the book about brains.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 6/11/2011

    " Meh. No real twist to it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.C. | 6/9/2011

    " My favorite Anne Rice Vampire book. Unfortunately, this is where I feel the series peaked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/9/2011

    " This one took me the longest yet. Months and months and months. But overall I liked it. I love Lestat's character the most. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 6/5/2011

    " Atrocemente scritto, banale e lento, questo libro ha fatto alla mia testa quello che graffiare la lavagna con le unghie fa alle orecchie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vega | 5/11/2011

    " Amazing. Life changing... WTG matriarchy! Masterfully told, as always with Anne Rice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/10/2011

    " MUCH better than the movie, it's an excellent book "

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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 Nelligan has had a successful acting career in her native Canada, in Britain and in the United States. Nelligan studied at Toronto’s Glendon College, but left to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She quickly established herself in the UK on stage and on television. As a member of the National Theatre, she gave a much lauded performance in Tales from the Vienna Woods and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for David Hare’s Plenty. She moved to Manhattan in the early ‘80s, dropped the English accent, and won stardom on the Broadway boards, racking up four Tony Award nominations for best actress. On the screen, both big and small, she established herself as a top-notch and in-demand supporting player and character actress. Nelligan was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress for The Prince of Tides, and her performances in movies and television in her native Canada have brought her five Gemini Award nominations.