Azriel is ghost, demon, angel - in love with the good, in thrall to the evil - and he pours out his heart to us, telling us his astonishing story. He takes us back in time to his own mortal youth in the magnificent city of Babylon. In a time of bloody wars and religious upheavals, he falls victim to a royal plot compounded by his devotion to his Hebrew God - only to be plucked from death by evil priests and sorceresses and transformed into a genii commanded to do their bidding.
Challenging these forces of destruction, Azriel embarks on his perilous journey through time - from Babylon's hanging gardens, to Europe during the black Death, to Manhattan in the 1990s - and ultimately to his crucial confrontation with the twentieth-century embodiment of all that he has struggled against.
As Azriel's quest approaches its climax, he dares to use and to risk his supernatural powers in the hope of forestalling a world-threatening conspiracy, and redeeming, at last, what was denied him so long ago: his own eternal human soul.
©1996 by Anne O'Brien Rice; Packaging Corporation Copyright ©1996 by Random House, Inc.
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Not one of Anne Rice's best. It starts out interesting and begins to develop nicely. Then the spririt begins to wail...and moan... and pretty much annoy the heck out of the listener. It's bad enough having no real plot throughout the entire story, but to listen to this monotone drone about...well actually nothing...is too much to bear. But stick with it because in the end comes the great finale, then end of mystery that is simply...well...stupid. I'm sorry I didn't get the abridged version, unless of course the abridged version has the 'spirit's' dialoge. In either case, prepare for a long boring experience. This is one of the rare Anne Rice's that I would skip.
And I'll give the reader one more chance, but PLEASE try not to sound like you're bored with the whole experience too!
All I can say is disappointing. Anne Rice normally does such a great job, but this book isn't the least bit interesting in my opinion. I love her Vampire Chronicles books, but not this one.
"one of sacred"
I first read this book myself and was profoundly moved. I then bought the audio for a reluctant reader I knew, but listened myself. The narration is masterful, and what can my unworthy words say about a piece of art such as this book? Please read and enjoyed the sacred story and masterful telling of Azreil. I love this book and will visit it often in my life, with reverence for a professor or a wiseman.
I happened to listen to this audio book (the abridged version) a little over 10 years ago and had enjoyed it, and upon seeing that there was now an unabridged version available, I jumped at the opportunity to listen to it in its entirety. I wasn't impressed. The reader is dry places, and too melodramatic in others. The idea behind this story had potential for greatness, but I found the main character to be very whiny and hard to stomach. At times he just seemed too dumb to have the wisdom of the centuries behind him. For most of the book he seemed utterly lacking for me to ever consider him a romantic hero. He started off well enough - brave and self-sacrificing, but he fizzled rather quickly for my tastes. The story behind his last "master of the bones" was over-the-top and unbelievable. Take from this review what you will.
"Narrator and audio quality ruins this story!"
Having read this book I know the story is pretty interesting, albeit a tad bit wordy in descriptions. Sadly though the reader, Michael Prichard, and the audio quality of this audio book are both horrible. Mr. Pritchard gives nothing to the characters, he is just a dead pan reader. The audio quality is absolutely horrible too in many places. It's crackly and distant, very reminiscent of a 50's microphone. This reader just puts me to sleep! That makes me sad for this amazing writer.
Hard to tell if the story is good as the reader is so monotonous in his delivery I was fighting to pay attention to it.
I love this book but this narrator makes it hard to listen to. Can we get another recording?
Someone into historical demonology
It was written without the vivid descriptions that Anne Rice embellishes all of her wonderful books with. It was one word after the other....and a topic that bothered me in an odd way. I simply could not get into it....follow it....or attach myself to it in anyway that could persuade me to finish it.
Michael Prichard was monotone, with no clear distinctions between character that kept me confused and frustrated.
I simply didn't care for the subject matter.
I am a hard core Anne Rice fan, but this book appeared to be written by someone else...totally out of her classic style.
The book is very good but, as a lot of Ann's books they do not do it justice by only offering it abridged. This is the fault of random house not Ms. Rice.
It's hard to explain that I liked the story DESPITE the telling, but that's how it is. I was interested enough to stick with it, but it dragged on and on with such dry reading!
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