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3.00004342539517 out of 53.00004342539517 out of 53.00004342539517 out of 53.00004342539517 out of 53.00004342539517 out of 5 3.00 (46,056 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Richard Grant, Richard E. Grant Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780739312322
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In another feat of hypnotic storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now classic Interview with the Vampire and continued with The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned.

Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals. For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone. And suddenly all his vampire rationale—everything he has come to believe and feel safe with—is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.

The Tale of the Body Thief is told with the unique—and mesmerizing—passion, power, color, and invention that distinguish the novels of Anne Rice.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/3/2016

    " I love all things Anne Rice. I am listening to her entire Vampire Chronicles in order. This is an engaging tale which gives the back story of David Talbot's conversion into a vampire. He also gains a new young body in the process. An interesting additional twist. It begins with Lestat being rash (as usual) and the romp that ensues is an interesting meditation of metaphysical possibilities. I enjoyed it a lot. My only regret is that I accidentally bought the abridged version, because I was new to the site. It tells the story just fine, but I love to listen to them for hours and hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 2/19/2014

    " You truly have to read all of Ms. Rice's novels. If you haven't already, start here with her vampires, then branch out! She knows paranormal like nobody else! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/16/2014

    " I thought the concept of a vampire having to re-learn how to be human was really interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Vassil | 2/14/2014

    " Lestat switches bodies. The guy he switches with, won't give up Lestat's perfect form. Hmmm interesting for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Draven | 2/2/2014

    " One of my least favourites in the Vampire Chronicles. While written beautifully and expertly by Rice as usual, the plot was not something that grabbed me. I like my Lestat dastardly and all vampire rock god. His character body-jumping felt somewhat like a step backwards from all he had been through in the previous three books...but that's just me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashlie | 1/25/2014

    " It was overall a good book, but for me, it was getting a little bit too.....much. It seemed to me that Anne Rice was running of ideas and just decided to put whatever sounded good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Wick | 1/23/2014

    " This is one of the best books of the vampire chronicles. The only one better in my opinion is Memnoch the Devil. Find out what happens when Lestat makes a deal to trade bodies with a human. Sometimes a Vampire is just who you are... and sometimes a Vampire just wants his body back! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy (soccerfan) | 1/22/2014

    " I liked it but not quite as much as the others. I think she got a little too wordy on descriptions at times and since I wasn't as engaged this time I found myself skimming. I think it's cause I missed all the old characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/18/2014

    " Meh. Starting to loose me.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celici | 1/16/2014

    " This was my favorite of the four original books of this vampire series. Anne Rice does an amazing job of planting you right into the story and making it seem "normal" that there's a vampire running around and a body thief who wants the vampire's body. This has got to be one of my all-time favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pambo Porterfield | 1/12/2014

    " Suspenseful a wonderful expansion of the Vampire Chronicles. Imaginative and guaranteed to captivate you and leave you longing for more of Lestat and Anne Rice's Talamasca! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Caldwell | 12/25/2013

    " This was my fav in the series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 arthael | 12/21/2013

    " One of the best books in the series. Fun, fast-paced and truly a page-turner. (I like Lestat, so I'm totally biased). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one. It's as good as the first one. The struggles with the idea of mortality and death were incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Young | 11/19/2013

    " Anne Rice was my first vampire obsession... she's a Louisiana girl's must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 10/28/2013

    " Man! This was a fun book! I really enjoyed the development of Lestat's character. This book had me glued to the pages. Probably my favorite of the Vampire Chronicles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirvan Ereon | 10/10/2013

    " Wellmm a so so novel for me by Anne Rice but still very interesting and I just simply devour everything she writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Staisha | 9/21/2013

    " Absolutely love Anne Rice. She has such a great plot line in all her books, but there is also so much to learn about the views of the world and our own opinions "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiston | 9/13/2013

    " Not great, but better than Queen of the Damned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meilyn | 9/11/2013

    " Incredible.. I couldn't get the story out of my head for days and Rice really captivated me. Finished it in 2 days "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Petra | 2/24/2013

    " got halfway through before being bored to tears "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Cavanaugh | 9/29/2012

    " The Chronicles start to get a little dull at this point, but I stuck with this one simply for David Talbot and the Talamasca - one of my favorite Anne Rice inventions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayla | 5/3/2012

    " The other Books I've read written by Anne Rice was good but nothing like this one. It's indeed captivating. And not because it's a book abouta vampire but because it's exiting and it makes you want to know what heppens next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 3/30/2012

    " Sure do hope the movie is atleast close to the book, not like Queen of the Damned. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayley | 2/7/2012

    " interestingly enough, I rented the audio book a few years back, later that night a power-outage happened and I had something to do. I really enjoyed it, and thought it was an interesting way to portray Lestat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy Aitken | 1/18/2012

    " By far my favorite in this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Allred | 10/31/2011

    " This is by far my favorite of the vampire Chronicles! I loved watching Lestat hate humanity after 150 years of wanting nothing else! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 8/22/2011

    " This was by far my most favorite of the series, that I read. Mainly beacuse I really loved reading about Lestat and all the trouble and angst he sufferd due to his own ego. You can't go wrong with The Tale of the Body Theif, if you like Anne Rice or Lestat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.C. | 6/9/2011

    " Still a good read, but not as good as the epic Queen of the Damned. I haven't read anything past this fourth entry into Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 4/29/2011

    " My lease favorite of the series of what I've read (1-5). But still good.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/12/2011

    " It's never been my favorite Anne Rice book, but this time I really admired the creativity of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/7/2011

    " A mostly entertaining installment to Rice's Vampire Chronicles; better than the previous two, but perhaps not as good as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 4/3/2011

    " Whatever Anne Rice writes, it's gold! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Novella | 4/2/2011

    " The dullest edition of The Vampire Chronicles. It is completely out of place in the series. Save some time and skip ahead to the next book.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashlie | 3/21/2011

    " It was overall a good book, but for me, it was getting a little bit too.....much. It seemed to me that Anne Rice was running of ideas and just decided to put whatever sounded good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/16/2011

    " This is one of my most favorite Anne Rice books ever, and I've read quite a few. The Tale of the Body Thief is one story I will never forget. Highly recommended. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/2/2011

    " Drat, I wrote a review for the wrong book. I flipped through this one, not even trying to read the whole thing after EVERYONE I talked to was disgusted by the ending. Yeah, that part bothered me too. "

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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

Richard E. Grant is a British Swazi actor, screenwriter, and director. A prominent figure on television and film since the 1980s, he achieved international recognition as John Seward in the 1992 blockbuster film Dracula.