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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:
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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

  • 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
  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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