The Vampire Lestat is Volume 2 of The Vampire Chronicles.
©1985 by Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)1989 by Random House, Inc.
I read this book about 10 yrs ago, this abridged audio version does the original book NO justice. Michael York does a good job of narrating the tale, but 'cutting down' the story doesn't work well, and I fear this style of gothic storytelling just doesn't interest me anymore.
Whats with the violins too!? drowning out the narrative and adding nothing to the ambience. Do yourself a favour and read the book instead.
"Good Story .. Bad Music"
I listened to this as an abridged audio book and I very disappointed with the violin music that should have been in the background. Loud and screeching I think are two good words to describe the 'music' and usually music stops just after the reader starts speaking, but this one didn't and it kept coming back. The violin was in the foreground when it was playing and was really awful to listen to while trying to hear the story.
Ignoring the Violin music ... I still did not enjoy this one as much as the Interview With A Vampire. Also, because it was abridged, I think they took too much out. If I had realized it was abridged before I got it, I probably won't have bought it.
Sometimes the second in the series can never be as good as the first, but I always hold out hope that the author has learned better writing and descriptive skills and so it 'could' be better. That being said, I think I would still read another in her vampire series. I might even go and get the actual book and read it to see how much I missed.
"Classic Anne Rice novel!"
No, I think both complement each other. The rpint version lends itself to create an aura of what one would consider Lestat whereas the narrator of the audiobook puts his own spin on bringing the character to life for us.
No books can compare to this wonderous tale of wunderlust and everything else in between. I did see myself drawing comparisons of Lestat and his personality to characters like Duncan McLeod, the Highlander and the Crow.
He brought the tale to life.
Yes, the scene in the crypt with Akasha and Akil, and Marcus.
The violin transitions in the audiobook deserve to be toned down a bit so you can better engage your listening of the narrator and the tale. It could sometimes be very verbose and distracting.
I loved this book. i accidently read this book first, before Interview with the Vampire, and found that i like the Lestat that we see in this book better the in Interview with the Vampire. Lestat, the wolfkiller, and superstar.
"An older recording, but still worth it"
As other reviewers have noted, the violin music was annoying. It was recorded too loudly, making it difficult to hear the narrator. But fortunately, you only hear the violin a few times during the story. If you're used to hearing more recently recorded audio tapes like I was, you'll be a little disappointed in the quality of this one at first. But you'll quickly be pulled into Lestat's world, leaving all quality-related issue behind. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job. A good "read"!
"Interview with Lestat"
I'm not the biggest Anne Rice or vampire fan, but this is an excellent performance & is what made me a Michael York fan. The story is a nice installment in Rice's Vampire series. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
"Love this book"
This is the best book of all, in my opinion. Michael York does an excellent job of narrating. The only complaint I have is that I expected the narrator to have a french accent as Lestat was from France. That's just me being picky though.
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