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3.93975609756098 out of 53.93975609756098 out of 53.93975609756098 out of 53.93975609756098 out of 53.93975609756098 out of 5 3.94 (41 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: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307914095
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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

  • “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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 2/2/2014

    " This novel is the last real installment in the Vampire Chronicles and basically completes the new vampire mythology created by Anne Rice. If you've enjoyed the first two, read this one and stop. Subsequent vampire books by Rice have very little to do with anything other than her own personal fantasies and often have nothing to do with the established mythology she invented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 1/31/2014

    " Anne is the BEST of the "Vampire Writers". She creates rich Characters in her novels with an incredible amount of detail.One of my Favorite types of writing styles is vividly detailed worlds that put you directly into the work as if you are living vicariously through the characters.She paints masterpieces with fine attention to detail and I LOVE the New Orleans setting.Forget about the movie, which was marginal at BEST (Tom Cruise for Lestat ?).READ the Book and you`ll forget the MOVIE even exists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/25/2014

    " Loved it as a gothy teen. My favorite Anne Rice novel from that time period. PS The movie was horrible, and definitely I remember the book being much much better. It had to be, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/23/2014

    " Not nearly as epic as everyone made it out to be before I read it, but overall a pretty enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 1/21/2014

    " My introduction to the vampire world of Anne Rice. This book builds to an amazing climax...less than half-way through the book, and then builds to an even more shattering climax at the end. Great storytelling. I love the historical and geographic sweep of her stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/18/2014

    " Much better than the movie!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/14/2014

    " I liked this book better than the first two simply because there was more action. Akasha is a badass even if she IS a little crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 1/1/2014

    " One of my favorites from high school "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirvan Ereon | 12/23/2013

    " I love it so much! My most fave part is the legend of the twins but overall it is a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 12/22/2013

    " The first Rice book I ever read. I was home sick for 2 weeks, my Grandfathers receptionist sent it as a get well soon gift. It was my first glimpse into the world of Rices vampires, a view I would come to crave. Still my favorite of the Vampire Chronicles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 12/16/2013

    " I love Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. This was tense and exciting to the very end. "

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

    " i got a feeling that this book could be really better if anne rice gave more months of her attention to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elithiya | 12/10/2013

    " my favourite of the vampire chronicles. there are a couple rough spots of course, but overall, it is brilliant. so much depth here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antoinette Miley | 11/24/2013

    " It was an interesting look at the story from more than one point of view. Glimpses of various characters gave their take on things as they saw them. Subjective as they may be, this third installment brought the first two books together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josh | 11/5/2013

    " This book more or less reads like a bad acid trip. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Swoww | 7/12/2013

    " i puked all over myself when AR threw Louis to the curb. And she's a BillBanger. Eff her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sadie | 4/2/2013

    " It is the third in the series, it is so confusing! DIfferent people are talking and you don't even know who they are. Some are never evern introduced in the book. Talk about confusing! But it's still really good! I am enjoying it throughly! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah S. | 1/5/2013

    " This is where it all went wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Smith | 11/26/2012

    " I don't think I could ever say anything bad about Anne Rice, but so far this is my favorite of the Vampire Chronicles. It really pulls you in and I love the back story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/25/2012

    " I was really surprised to find that the movie was just about completely unequivolent to the book. It was a good book, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Troller | 8/16/2012

    " Awesome story. It was much much better than the movie. The movie missed all of the fun supernatural stuff that really makes it worth while. The end made me miss little Claudia so.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kami | 11/25/2011

    " The vampire series started to lose its steam for me on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/26/2011

    " Ohh damn...Anne Rice couldn't possibly dig herself more of a hole. But Queen says otherwise. Taking it to the birth of Vampires, a bold move. And the relationship between Akasha and Lestat....is...amazing. That's all I will allow myself to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurisu | 8/2/2011

    " Nothing to do with the movie... This is the very beggining of the vampires... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 6/18/2011

    " Anne got really wierd here. But is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew Jaehnig | 5/26/2011

    " Not too bad, but a little romantic for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/27/2011

    " I am in love with each and every character. Anne Rice is the original vampire master. Twilight has nothing on this series. Don't get me wrong, I love Twilight too, but it just doesn't compare. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2011

    " The best Vampire series ever written. Elegant, thoughtful, interesting, incredible characters and original storylines...all the qualities that Twilight lacks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hadelly | 8/7/2010

    " love it.. thanks to this books i got so inlove with everything about vamps "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 8/3/2010

    " Take note, teens: This is a real vampire story. The sanitizing of vampires makes me want to puke. Go Team Lestat! Or if you can't, at least try LJ Smith who had the idea first and exectued it better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kapmando | 7/22/2010

    " It made me look at vampires in a new light, and back before twilight it did feel a bit overtly-erotically charged, but looking back on it, at least the plot kept moving, and while depressing, it was so because of fate and not because of the apathy of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/22/2010

    " I am just very much in love with Anne Rice. Oh yes, very. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belle | 5/2/2010

    " Great story telling about Vampires. Gives you a lot of imagery. It gets you hooked at the very first paragraph. Would recommend you read these books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/10/2009

    " OK, I am a vampire whore...what can I say? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichsa | 4/18/2009

    " i thought that were 10 books, but, there are the new stories,,
    the most perfect vampire stories. love lestat the mostXD "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea/Devin | 4/12/2009

    " This was so me in 1998. I'm over it now. But Interview With the Vampire is 4/5 stars. "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.