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3.00005491488193 out of 53.00005491488193 out of 53.00005491488193 out of 53.00005491488193 out of 53.00005491488193 out of 5 3.00 (36,420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Jonathan Marosz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418341
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In this installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring you the story of Armand—eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand first appeared in all his dark glory in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author worldwide as a magnificent storyteller and creator of magical realms.

Now, travel with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood—a ruined city under Mongol dominion—and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance you see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.

As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris and today’s New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vivid, evocative.”

    USA Today

  • “A rich and fantastic tale of loss and redemption.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune, editorial review

  • “Rice deftly integrates the necessary back-story for new readers to enter her epic series, and the introduction of a few new voices adds a fresh perspective.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Rice offers exquisite details of erotic romps and political intrigues…a lavishly poetic recital…The final scene is a stunner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Armand’s life unfolds in rich, velvety prose…This is a sumptuous addition to the series.”

    Library Journal, editorial review

  • “A fascinating and dazzling historical tapestry…Beautifully written, incredibly absorbing.”

    Booklist

  • “Rice at her ripest, with research easily absorbed by the voluptuous text.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • ANNE RICE FANS WILL NO DOUBT BE THRILLED. . . . [Armand] until now has played a small role in the Vampire Chronicles. Here he assumes center stage, relating his five hundred years of life to fledgling vampire David Talbot, who plays amanuensis to Armand as he did to Lestat. . . . It's not just the epic plot but Rice's voluptuary worldview that's the main attraction. . . . Elegant narrative has always been her hallmark. . . . Rice is equally effective in showing how Armand eventually loses his religion and becomes 'the vagabond angel child of Satan,' living under the Paris cemeteries and founding the Grand Guignol-ish Theatre des Vampires. In the twentieth century, a rehabilitated Armand regains his faith but falls in love with two children who save his life. By the conclusion of Armand, the pupil has become the mentor. The Washington Post
  • A FASCINATING AND DAZZLING HISTORICAL TAPESTRY . . . BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, INCREDIBLY ABSORBING. Booklist
  • LAVISHLY POETIC . . . THE FINAL SCENE IS A STUNNER. Publishers Weekly
  • VIVID, EVOCATIVE. USA Today
  • ARMAND'S LIFE UNFOLDS IN RICH, VELVETY PROSE. . . . THIS IS A SUMPTUOUS ADDITION TO THE SERIES. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

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

    " I like Armand, I would hang out with him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 simone cynthia | 2/12/2014

    " This was the last Anne Rice book I read before giving up on her. I might not have even finished it, lacking the interest in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerald | 2/9/2014

    " Too much Jesus talk again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/9/2014

    " This was one of Rice's high points, focusing on Armand's life. He is one of her greatest creations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lostfate13 | 1/29/2014

    " One of my other favourites in the series. I love Armand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Nickell | 1/23/2014

    " At this point in the series I am realizing that I really enjoy the autobiographical ones where the vampires just sit and tell their story. These are the ones that I find really wonderful. Complete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rodney James | 1/7/2014

    " After reading this one in the series, Armand did become my fav! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/18/2013

    " Least favorite character of this series. "

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

    " This one and Blood and Gold go hand in hand, each from a different perspective. One of my favorites... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margarida | 11/28/2013

    " Well written but SO boring and slow, didn't even finish it. I was tired of explicit sex scenes and Armand's fascination with sex. "

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

    " What can I say? I love Anne Rice's vampires. Their passion and emotions are quite a departure from a stereotypical vampire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pambo Porterfield | 9/25/2013

    " I fell in love with Antonio Bandaris as Armand in the movie and though I loved his life story...I had to reinvent him in my imagination... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 8/29/2013

    " I liked it, but barely remember it because I read it when it was first published. It's Armand's story and makes him sympathetic. A good thing, since I pretty much hated him in Interview and Lestat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/26/2013

    " And we're back on track after "Memnoch the Devil". I was kinda hesitant to see yet another biography of a vampire but Armand's life story proves just as fascinating as Lestat's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Thompson | 4/20/2013

    " One of my favorites in the Chronicles. Everything about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liene | 2/25/2013

    " As great as the first three vampire chronicles by Anne. Mysterious, dark, erotic and always in the neverending quest of goodness, truth and god. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cecilia Gonzalez | 2/11/2013

    " after this book I was eager to go see the Boticelli paints in Florence "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Combatiente | 11/20/2012

    " My all time favorite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurea | 9/4/2012

    " I absolutely ADORED this book and have read it so many times. it's brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Marie | 2/16/2012

    " Loved it!!! The "Dark Gift" ensues... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jocelyn | 11/19/2011

    " Crap! I couldn't take it anymore! Graphic/explicitness-- BLECH!-- bring on the blood and gore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 11/12/2011

    " I've since been reinvigorated by this series of vampire books, but this one started to turn me on these chronicles. They started to seem like a "insert vampire name here" formality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoJo | 6/21/2011

    " Beautiful, poetic and moving. Perhaps one of the most romantic novels I have read from this century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 5/9/2011

    " still not as good as ''lestat'' but good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 5/9/2011

    " From the Cold plains of Kiev, to the warm waters of the Adriatic near Venice, Armand makes his journey from God-Fearing Christian, to Vampire, back to God over four hundred years. An interesting story full Art and History like much of Anne Rice's works. This is why I like to read them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krystal | 5/2/2011

    " I read all of theses vampire books by Ann Rice when I was a teenager. At the time I liked them but thought they were dark. I think that if I were to read them now I would find them too dark and depressing, and not really worth reading. But who really knows and I'm not motivated to try and find out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carissa | 4/25/2011

    " Really uneven; good engrossing sections and ridiculous sections. One of my favorite characters seemed very 2-dimensional and under-developed. Enjoyable overall but I won't be re-reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 3/27/2011

    " Even though I like one sequel less than the next, still I keep reading them.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abi_88 | 2/25/2011

    " I fell in love with the character of Armand from the very first book in the series. There is something about him that captivated me. I enjoyed reading about Armands background story. There is some uncomfortable sexual themes in it but it is only a realistic view of the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/6/2011

    " Anne Rice is a great writer, and this is only the second book of hers that I have read. My problem with the Vampire Chronicles is that I just cannot seem to get into the whole vampire thing. I like fantasy, I like certain types of horror, but vampire stories just don't shake my tree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ally | 1/31/2011

    " I listened to this while driving to school. It was a great read and kept me fascinated the whole time. "

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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

Jonathan Marosz has narrated dozens of audiobooks throughout his career, including numerous titles by bestselling authors David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, and Tony Hillerman.