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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: Maria Tucci Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1997 ISBN: 9780375418358
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sit back and enjoy…The story flows like blood.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 V Vanessa | 2/18/2014

    " I usually can breeze through books but this took me forever to finish... I mostly fell asleep.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Reiersen | 1/31/2014

    " This book called to me from the library shelf when I was learning to play the violin, something that I always wanted to do. I related to the main character's longing for the music, and more specifically, to be able to produce the music. I was just discovering the connection between playing the violin, and the musician's mood. It is amazing, but if I'm anxious (not necessarily about playing - I could be practicing with no audience at all) or in a bad mood, I can't play the violin at all. Anyway, the book is very obsessive, and haunting, and I enjoyed it, but that might have been just where I was at the time. I can also see why others called it tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 1/25/2014

    " Ya i couldnt stand this one...it was one that was repitional "

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

    " A Mary Sue fic in disguise. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher Zacher | 1/23/2014

    " Got 50 pages in, gave it up. I usually finish books once I start them, but not this one. I still have no idea what it is about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lilli | 1/13/2014

    " The beginning was exciting and a page turner. I like how Anne Rice's characters develop themselves through their interactions with the others in the book. Also, I applaud her for her characters not being teenagers. And there's a ghost! I was loving this book, but was really dissapointed. I get it that she had family members that died. I've lost close people in my life, so I know how it's easy to constantly dwell on them, but get on with it! It was extremely repetitive and I kept reading to hopefully get to 'the good stuff' (as I think this writer 98% of the time delivers AMAZING stories). The ending was dry and uneventful. The character was constantly in a daze. I felt like I was trapped in the mind of a crazy, incoherent person. Maybe that was the point? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace Klenk | 1/9/2014

    " This book was a little "eh..." that's about all I can really say about it. It wasn't great/awesome, it wasn't super horrible, it was just average "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan Brady | 1/6/2014

    " This book was stupid. End of story. I'm not even going to bother going into any details because it was so bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jledeaux | 12/25/2013

    " Way too hard to say what I learned....Love the series...I recommend reading all in order! Very well written. "

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

    " The beginning of this book is weird/bizarre/creepy. I almost put it down only a few pages in. I did finish it though, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It was just odd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 12/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 12/11/2013

    " One of her better non-vampire books. She got it out just before she lost it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/28/2013

    " Good story - dark and tortured of course. In this one she definitely has the tendency to get lost in the prose. Overall a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kandice | 11/20/2013

    " Not even good enough that I remember much about it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/5/2013

    " I've never read any of Rice's vampire books, but a friend recommended this non-vampire, but still supernatural novel. The story takes place over centuries and countries, and it is very visual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Alonzo | 10/14/2013

    " Picked up the audio cd set at my local library, and could not get into this one, so I left it in the middle. Sorry, Anne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Britney | 7/26/2013

    " Super dark and very strange. I don't think I picked up everything, I will have to reread it again one day should the mood strike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Cooley | 4/19/2013

    " Not a horror book--but truly a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/14/2013

    " 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 Allison | 3/27/2013

    " seriously? If I want to be that depressed I will think of dying babies and poke myself in the eye. I really tried to like this. I just could not get past the florid sweeps of melancholy, and all the blah blah blah. Save this for therapy Anne. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine Nolan | 1/27/2013

    " My brother recommended this book to me and he rarely reads so I was expecting a lot. Simply, I just didn't like the characters and after reading her vampire series this book was a 180 in another direction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Awreed | 10/25/2012

    " definitely an Anne Rice pick. she describes a woman in bed with her dead husband for maybe a week long, literally and liberally. her descriptions must break world records... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeannine | 9/13/2012

    " Gibberish for the first 50 pages. Didn't bother reading the rest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelli | 3/8/2012

    " Too many chapters devoted to very descriptive atmosphere surrounding the garden district in New Orleans. She could of fleshed out her characters more especially with dialoge between them. Nice to read something though that didn't deal with a vampire and Ms. Rice "

  • 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

Maria Tucci began her career in the original production of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. She won a Tony® nomination for her work in The Rose Tattoo, has starred on Broadway and off-Broadway, and in such films as Sweet Nothing and To Die For.