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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,379 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: New Tales of the Vampires Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418372
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With Pandora, Anne Rice began a magnificent new series of vampire novels. Now, in the second of her New Tales of the Vampires series, she tells the mesmerizing story of Vittorio.

Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de’Medici, trained in knighthood at his father’s mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures—a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy power.

In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the vampire Ursula, the most beautiful of his supernatural enemies. As he sets out in pursuit of vengeance, entering the nightmarish Court of the Ruby Grail, increasingly more enchanted (and confused) by his love for the mysterious Ursula, he finds himself facing demonic adversaries, war, and political intrigue.

Against a backdrop of the wonders—both sacred and profane—and the beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Lloyd | 2/16/2014

    " it was better then i thought. i might just read some of her other stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emi | 2/7/2014

    " The "NEW" Vampire series just lacks the charm of the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaylawriter | 2/2/2014

    " This is classic Anne Rice doing what she does best, weaving a vivid story that captures her reader's heart and doesn't let go! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Svitlana | 2/2/2014

    " This is a great novel!!! What I have learned is that by the love a person can be saved and by the love that very same person can be doomed and brought into the world of shadows and blood. Living forever and always remembering the sins is the greatest burden because there is no coming back. Vittorio's rage to revenge brought him into the hands of those who destroy and kill for living. Imagine yourself being in love with someone who saved only one life, yours. WHAT WOULD YOU DO??? Would you continue to hate or never stop loving? Vittorio made his firm choice, an interesting solution to a problem that was perceived by Vittorio himself as his new life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle Grozea | 1/27/2014

    " It was a shorter story than the one in the Old Vampire Chronicles, but i still enjoy discovering the romantic side of all her characters. It's how she said about her first book.. "It's a book about life, about the unknown inside of us. The monster inside of us, about the cruelty and loneliness that haunts us. What you will do in order to get what you want" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/22/2014

    " Vittorio is the story of adventure and revenge, religion and vampires, love and the human character. Though the book is short, the character of Vittorio is beautifully developed as well as the romantic descriptions of Florence and the arts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 1/11/2014

    " I thought it was amazing!! I know it was criticized for being different than her older books but it was a great connection for true historical fact and fictional vampire story. Vittorio truly takes you through a emotional ride. Through the constant battles of good and evil. With a true love for art and religion. It was a amazing read and am very excited to read other books from Anne Rice (this being my first ever). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 12/29/2013

    " Good read. Not very scary and I loved the use of angels inthe story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/25/2013

    " From what I remember I really liked this book when I read it. I don't know whether I'd still like it today, but I'm going to rate it by how I felt about it as a teen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nightfalltwen | 11/17/2013

    " Better review to follow. But I have to say... at least I didn't turn it off while we were listening to it on the trip :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jena | 10/6/2013

    " Ended abruptly. Novella? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 9/26/2013

    " Florance sounds awesome! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 6/8/2013

    " so far this book is long and drawn out and pretty boring but i continue to slog thru! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chere | 6/1/2013

    " It was nice revisiting the vampires of Anne Rice, and though Vittorio is not as good as the earlier Vampire Chronicles, I still enjoyed it more than later books like Merrick. I enjoyed reading Rice's lush descriptions and loved the Italian setting of the novel. It was great for a little escape. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larisa | 5/19/2013

    " Florence, art, vampires, kick-ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/24/2013

    " Read it along time ago. All I remember is that I liked it. Don't remember why I liked it though or what it is really about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lani | 10/15/2012

    " Know I read it, but remember nothing about it. Clearly a standout... :-P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/5/2012

    " This was perhaps my favorite of all her vampire books so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L.C. | 10/4/2012

    " Most of Anne Rice's books I really enjoy. However, this one is lacking in length and content. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryl | 9/16/2012

    " A random vampire who neither adds to nor detracts from the rest of the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daisy Fisher-fackler | 8/31/2012

    " My least favorite book by Anne Rice. Boring, drawn out drama. Doesn't feel like her usual writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leticia Hernandez | 6/16/2012

    " I loved this book. As always, Anne Rice knows how to take one out of one's present time and catapult you into the world she has created. Anne's descriptive talent is incredible. She always makes me feel like I am a person in the room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam82 | 4/4/2012

    " I liked this one better than Pandora. This is the more mascalin of the two. It spoke more to me than Pandora. If you like to hear about old Italy, read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 M | 2/11/2012

    " Obviously Rice is just trying to make a buck off of these tiny little books about vampires that barely exist in the Chronicles. You can skip them all except The Vampire Armand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 5/18/2011

    " None of the vampires from the original coven are mentioned really. Still a good book though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K. | 5/13/2011

    " Eh. Read this years and years ago and I haven't felt inclined to read another Anne Rice novel. And I don't think it was the story but rather her writing, it was just so bland. No flare, no poetry, no taste. It was not at all what I expected and I fell hard with disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 5/1/2011

    " Vittorio is the story of adventure and revenge, religion and vampires, love and the human character. Though the book is short, the character of Vittorio is beautifully developed as well as the romantic descriptions of Florence and the arts.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oglaigh na | 4/9/2011

    " Ann Rice should have went for Rico Suave the gay blade and just made a porn rather than bore us with this filibuster for her underlying desire for gay men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart | 3/17/2011

    " Out of all Anne's vampire books I have say that this one sang to me the most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawn | 3/15/2011

    " this vampire story was the greatest i've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/25/2011

    " This is my favorite Rice vampire book. Loved the history, the war that raged within his soul, the questions it posed, and the story that it's all set in. Wonderful, classic Rice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanti | 12/15/2010

    " Good book, easy read. Nothing ground-breaking or earth shattering but an enjoyable read regardless. Would recommend for a casual read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 10/28/2010

    " Definitely not her best, although the angels are interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 10/18/2010

    " Ursula, hasta ahora es Ursula la Vampiro y Vittorio todavía humano "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 9/14/2010

    " A real vampire book. Great coverage of Italian folklore, theology, and art. Very dramatic. "

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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

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. Cumming won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. He is the winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir narration and Best Narration by the Author Award as well as six Audiofile Earphones Awards. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.