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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1997 ISBN: 9781415920633
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Anne Rice's Violin tells the story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.

At the novel's center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana, and the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost who begins to prey upon her, using his magic violin to draw her into a state of madness. But Triana sets out to resist Stefan, and the struggle thrusts them both into a terrifying supernatural realm.

Violin flows abundant with the history, the drama, and the romantic intensity that have become synonymous with Anne Rice at her incomparable best.

Anne Rice is the author of eighteen books. She lives in New Orleans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [AN] ABSORBING NOVEL THAT TAKES THE READER ON A SUSPENSEFUL JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, PLACE, AND MIND . . . The instrument of the title belongs to a ghost, the brooding 19th-century aristocrat Stefan, who ventures to 20th-century New Orleans to brew up mischief and seek release from his torment. Told from the point of view of Triana, the humane woman drawn into Stefan's nefarious plot, the tale charts two lives touched by tragedy and alienation. . . . A rich, detailed literary symphony. The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • THE TALE OF A DEVILISHLY HAUNTING STRADIVARIUS . . . HER BEST WORK SINCE 1990'S THE WITCHING HOUR. The Dallas Morning News
  • FULL OF EVOCATIVE IMAGERY . . . THIS IS A BOOK THAT UNDRESSES ITS CHARACTERS LAYER BY LAYER. USA Today
  • “Sit back and enjoy…The story flows like blood.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • Sit back and enjoy. . . . The story flows like blood--the life-giving, life-celebrating kind. San Francisco Chronicle
  • A PASSIONATE MIXTURE OF EARTHLY FEARS AND SUPERNATURAL TERRORS. The Baltimore Sun
  • “Enough to frighten even jaded readers. If anyone can make a haunted violin the object of obsession and nightmare, it’s Rice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Laporte | 2/12/2014

    " I picked this book up at the library craving a good ol' Anne Rice story--a hint of trash, a lot of supernatural, and a fine story woven in. That's not what I got! This book was very different from the others I have read, which include the LeStat vampire series and the Mayfair witches series. I didn't like this much...it had a few good moments, but it was quite a drag for the first half for sure! A woman who is buried in her own miserable tale, a violin-playing specter who is drawn to her...and their resolution. Actually a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirvan Ereon | 2/8/2014

    " Loved this very alluring and strange even for Anne Rice.. I love the emotions. She always explores different writing styles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/6/2014

    " I really loved this book. I am a lot more into Anne Rice's stuff that doesn't belong in a series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christie Hall | 2/6/2014

    " this was my first Anne Rice and I have to say I wasn't excited about it. It was very weepy and whiney. I have heard this is her M.O. for the vampire books and I don't fine myself getting excited to read them now. Maybe the passion of Christ will do more for me, but if she paints Christ up to be a victim like the rest of these characters then I'm done with her. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sybil | 1/15/2014

    " Tried to read. I could not get into it. I don't know where she was going with this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/14/2014

    " Truly my favorite of all Anne Rice's creations!!! Could be because of my love for the violin too! "

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

    " I don't remember this book all that well, but I know that I like it and it creeped me out a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham Crawford | 1/4/2014

    " A messy book. The prose was so stupidly purple I laughed out loud. The emotional history parts were so repetitive I had to skim entire pages. Don't bother with this book unless you are an Anne Rice addict who will swallow whatever she serves up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 12/9/2013

    " I went through a phase where I had to read every Anne Rice novel. I stopped when I got to this book. It was horrible. I barely finished it. It is probably the worst book I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/30/2013

    " Beautifully written, but depressing. Although, I'm sure that was her intent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carla | 11/24/2013

    " Boring as hell. It's not often I give up on a book. But this one was painful. I got to chapter six then quit, that was about all I could take of the main character Triana. I've never read Anne Rice before and probably never will again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla Montiel | 8/13/2013

    " My first book of Anne Rice, and the best! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rhonda Tuma Domurat | 7/11/2013

    " One of the few books I just could not ever finish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/20/2013

    " This book is crazy--insane! But of course, beautiful! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greta Turnbull | 2/28/2013

    " Talked way to much about death for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana S | 1/2/2013

    " It was Strange! Gloomy! Complex! but also Intriguing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/13/2012

    " Do not discover Anne Rice's writing with this one. Hard to love even for the hardcore fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 6/7/2012

    " The first 100 pages, our protagonist floats between obsessionally insane, clinically depressed and senility - the narative is disjointed and slow reading. Then everything shifts and it is a fine story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda Sutterley | 6/5/2012

    " I couldn't get into it at all. "

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

    " One of my favorite Anne Rice novels, it's semi-autobiographical in fiction form and really unique. I love the story and it's beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Drake | 1/2/2012

    " Not sure about this one, will see how it turns out "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ray | 10/30/2011

    " Boring! Sad, simple and so boring. Found it on horror section at the library, but I don't really think it belongs there even though it was horrible waste of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorin | 10/12/2011

    " Scary...don't like scary books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 arjuna | 9/10/2011

    " Turgid and unfinishable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aneta Główczyk | 8/13/2011

    " very... interesting from some point of view. but if someone doesn't like first 30 pages - don't read futher, you won't like it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandra | 6/26/2011

    " It dragged from the very beginning. I was waiting and waiting for Stephan to come along, and when he did, it was hardly with any significance. I ended up skimming through the rest of the book and hated Triana's personality so much, I just tossed it aside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/15/2011

    " I don't remember this book all that well, but I know that I like it and it creeped me out a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lexx | 2/18/2011

    " Beautifully written. Somber yet opulant in a way. This book spans 3 different cities; New Orleans, Vienna, and Rio De Janeiro. You can feel the pain of the main character on more occassions at once. All I can say is... beautiful. Thank you for this look into grief, Anne. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carla | 1/3/2011

    " Boring as hell. It's not often I give up on a book. But this one was painful. I got to chapter six then quit, that was about all I could take of the main character Triana. I've never read Anne Rice before and probably never will again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 12/1/2010

    " One of my favorite Anne Rice novels, it's semi-autobiographical in fiction form and really unique. I love the story and it's beautifully written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Troy | 10/28/2010

    " Proof that Anne didn't need to totally pull a 180 on her religious views to make an alienating book - it only helped speed things up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 10/19/2010

    " Very depressing. I kept waiting for the story to get better... In fact, I'm still waiting. "

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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

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.