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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36,419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Alfred Molina Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vampire Chronicles Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418334
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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

  • VIVID, EVOCATIVE. USA Today
  • ARMAND'S LIFE UNFOLDS IN RICH, VELVETY PROSE. . . . THIS IS A SUMPTUOUS ADDITION TO THE SERIES. Library Journal
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher Zacher | 2/5/2014

    " Man, this book had really great parts that told great historical stories, but then other parts were borderline child pornography. Anne Rice had, or still has, some issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lidia Fullmer | 2/2/2014

    " Well, this is my second favorite book in the Vampire Chronocle series (the first is Blackwood Farm, then this, then The Vampire Lestat!). The reason I love this book is not only the character (Armand, who is without a doubt my favorite!! Sorry Lestat! You're second!), but also the fact that he dictates his story from when he was a boy and how he grew up for a few years in Venice, Itlay with Marius during the Renaissance. That time happens to be my favorite modern (1500's to present) historical time period. The Renaissance was the beginning of modern times and Anne Roce is able to capture it wonderfully. For anyone who is into any history, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how accurate she was in her descriptions. For those who aren't into history, the stroy is very captivating in itself to hold your attention. It is a little morbid at times, but it goes along with the story. A very very good book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 1/13/2014

    " A beautiful story about love, history and religion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/10/2014

    " Really well written, as are all of Anne Rice's books, but teeters too often on vampire porn for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/9/2014

    " I remember this book made me like Armand a lot more but he'll still never be as great of a character as Lestat or Louis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/8/2014

    " Least favorite character of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli Perez | 12/30/2013

    " Very intiguing story of Armand his life was very sad and depressing but very intense and full of action! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya | 12/15/2013

    " Awesome book...You learn a great deal about Armand...and who he really is ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alissa | 12/14/2013

    " This book took me a really long time to get through, I had to take a break after the first half because it was so uncomfortable for me to read. The second half was much more in my comfort zone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Schlemmer | 11/22/2013

    " I find with every book in this series gets harder and harder to read. The books are great but they carry on and on and repeat lots of back story from the previous 5 books, and it is hard to stay engaged in the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 10/2/2013

    " was a very hard book to follow "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zinc Masterson | 7/31/2013

    " Loved this one the most so far from all Anne Rice Vampire books. The sexiest by far! And Armand is a favorite character from the get go! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emelia | 7/18/2013

    " It was so great! I loved Lestat in this, even though everyone hates him :) it's so cool how he battled "Jesus" and all that jazz :P "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 3/11/2013

    " Very very slow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antone | 3/9/2013

    " I liked this book, as of all the chronicals very well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Greenberg | 8/8/2012

    " Loved this whole series and wish there were more! I might have to read them again! (I'm guessing on the read date) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexis | 7/3/2012

    " Better than Lestat... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lestatas | 4/24/2012

    " Before this book, I hated Armand very much, but now I love him. His story really touched my heart. Of course it was hard to read this book without dictionary, Armand used such words I barely could understand, but books was GREAT. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/27/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 12/21/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Qylie | 12/8/2011

    " More gay vampires... Sigh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samara | 11/24/2011

    " I've always like Armand. He's brash, headstrong and speaks with conviction. It was time he had his own shot in the spotlight as he's usually a secondary character. His story sheds light on Marius as well, which was a double bonus. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Gaster | 7/2/2011

    " Far to homoerotic for me... I made it about twenty pages before I was sick. "

  • 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

Alfred Molina is a three-time Tony nominee. His many films include An Education, Abduction, Spider-Man 2, Frida, Magnolia, Chocolat, Boogie Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, Enchanted April, and Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes. On television he portrayed Deputy D. A. Ricardo Morales on Law & Order: LA and Eric Sanders on Harry’s Law. Molina’s audiobook narration has won eight AudioFile Earphone Awards.