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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (71,370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date:
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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

  • 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
  • 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

  • “Imaginative…intelligently written…This is popular fiction of the highest order.”

    USA Today

  • “A tour de force.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A welcome chance to catch up with old friends…Fascinating…When we emerge from its folds, there’s good news on the last page: 'The chronicle of the vampires will continue.’ Yum.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  •  “Queen of the Damned is the ultimate multigenerational saga.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Rice tells her story in fine melodramatic style, overwriting with zest and exuberance: the text pulses with menace, mystery and violence, and with sensuality verging on erotica.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Queen of the Damned] is quality fiction written with care and intelligence. There are no false steps or wasted words in the multilayered plot, and the many characters each have a distinct voice. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read the other Vampire Chronicles to understand this one, but it would add greatly to the richness of the whole.”

    Library Journal, editorial review

  • Mesmerizing . . . a wonderful web of dark-side mythology. San Francisco Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Krista | 2/14/2014

    " Another excellent book and just like Interview with the Vampire, the book is much, much better than the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marvin | 2/12/2014

    " Please read my review of Interview with the Vampire which sums up my feelings for the first three books of Anne Rice's Vampires Chronicles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kayla | 2/11/2014

    " Ah, how satisfied I was with this novel, if I had any negative comments it would be that my beloved Lestat was not the narrative throughout the story as he has been before. I would have much preferred the entire story told in his voice, however that would have left the novel very empty so I understood its method and madness. The overall novel was just as devilish, frightening, beautiful and imaginative as I have come to expect from Ann Rice. I loved how so many of the favorite characters were reunited in this novel! The story of the red haired twins had me on the edge of mt seat and up all night reading chapter after chapter. I look forward fervently to the next installment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shellie | 2/9/2014

    " This is the last one of the series I will read, this was getting less good. But the first two were GREAT. "

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