Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals. For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. But now his covens are scattered. Lestat is alone. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, he embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has ever undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.
The Tale of the Body Thief is told with the mesmerizing passion, power, color, and invention that distinguish the extraordinary novels of Anne Rice.
The Tale of the Body Thief is Volume 4 of The Vampire Chronicles.
©1982 by Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)1992 by Random House, Inc.
I absolutely adored the previous older vampire books from Anne, but this book almost makes me not want to read any more of her newer stuff... Completely without charm this one, Lestat is (never thought it possible) lame, and the reader..! This Richard E.Grant is absolutely overdoing the voicing, making even the simplest sentences sound like dramatic action, to the point of making it almost hilarious when the book`s mood is mostly serius. He is also faulty of the vampires sounding like angry grizzly bears 90% of the time, plus making the erotic scenes so embarrasing to listen that it is almost unbearably akward to manage through them. So far the worst audiobook I have ever downloaded, and since it really holds nothing important story-wise, I recommend people so shamelessly skip it and move to Armand.
"Book fans will be disappointed"
My bad. I totally missed the part about this download being abridged. I discovered it too late, after realizing several good parts of the book were missing. I've read the harcover many times and it was evident the Audible story had been shortened. The narrator was an overacting dork, growling or yelling his lines throughout the book. It was perfectly obnoxious. Why didn't they stick with Simon Vance, who narrated the first three books in the series? Caveat emptor.
NO MORE ABRIDGED!!!!!
It was ABRIDGED!!!!!!!
I made the mistake of purchasing this without looking that it was abridged. I kick myself for the complete waste!!! It's horrible to do this to books..just horrible!
"Not What I Thought I Was Purchasing..."
The book itself, yes. The audible version... No. I didn't realize it was abridged and that was my fault for not paying attention to what I was purchasing. I was trying to go back and forth between my book and the audible and got all excited thinking that I was so far ahead in the book since I was listening to the audible in the car and while conducting errands. What I didn't realize was that I was listening to an abridged version which means I have missed quite possibly a lot of really interesting pieces in the actual book. Very disappointing.
Had I not been going back and forth with the actual book this audible gets a 3. The voice acting was decent and it gives you the gist of the story in a little over 2 hours. Just sad there isn't an unabridged version.
The voice of Lestat was great, but the voice for other characters were eh. The French accent for Lestat was horrible. I couldn't help but laugh every time he spoke with the accent.
Yes. I'm not sure.
Please make unabridged version to the Vampire Chronicle books so those who like do to what I do (i.e. go back and forth between the actual book and audible) can do so.
"Unabridged would be perfect"
Over all, it is a pretty good story that moved very fast because it was abridged. If you want to get a brief synopsis on the story, this is the way to go but if you want the whole story, you are better off to read the entire book.
Abridged! Why would anyone want an abridged Anne Rice novel!? Wish I'd seen that before I bought this book and the one after it in the series. I Goggle'd around and couldn't find an unabridged version for purchase anywhere, but I did see it on YouTube. Guess I'll try that. Otherwise I've wasted 2 credits on here.
"I will never buy abridged again."
If it had been the entire novel.
Nothing. It wasn't her fault.
He wasn't Simon Vance.
"I didn't realize this book was abridged"
Anne Rice's other novels are not abridged versions here but for some reason this one is?
"not the best"
I listen to ann rice books quite a bit and everytime I listen to this one the guys voice does not sound that good he's growling and making guttural sounds sounds like he's talking with a sore throat. the performance was not very good in my opinion but the story was good
"Overacting and abridged."
The only book in the vampire chronicles without an unabridged audible, so I had to make it through somehow to get to the next book. Very disappointing, and the narrator over acts a lot (growling, sneering, etc)
"Good to listen too, but old copy"
First let me say that this had to have been copied off of a tape because there were times when the narration would slow down or there would be extra noise in the background. Don't let this, however, stop you from listening to Richard E. Grant's great narration of this story.
You can still listen to this tale even if you haven't read/listened to the other vampire tales. I read this years ago, since I'm in college I don't always have time to read a book, so choose to listen to the story again. I still enjoyed Lestat's new venture at discovering he has a human side, even if it was forced upon him. There are new characters introduced and some you'll recognize from past vampire tales.
Have fun with this and hope you continue on with the other tales (though if you want it unabridged, read the books).
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