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Summary

In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood.

Anne Rice's compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker's Dracula which was published in 1897.

As the Washington Post said on its first publication, it is a 'thrilling, strikingly original work of the imagination . . . sometimes horrible, sometimes beautiful, always unforgettable'.

©1976 Anne O'Brien Rice (P)2011 Random House Inc.

Critic reviews

"One of the most wonderful, erotic, sensual books ever written" (Sting)
"A spine-chilling nightmare... highly accomplished... an impressive feat of imagination" ( Sunday Times)
"Thrilling... a strikingly original work of the imagination...unforgettable" ( Washington Post)
"The most successful vampire story since Bram Stoker's Dracula" ( The Times)

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revisited

I read this book and indeed the whole series over 20 years ago and decided to revisit them on audio book to see if they were what I remembered.
Anne Rice certainly has a gift for descriptive writing, evoking a real ambiance that you can almost smell taste and feel. I had forgotten the depth of that skill. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story as opposed to reading it, it didn't detract from my imagination.
The story is everything I remembered, and I am now about to start The Vampire Lestat.

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New life!

It was wonderful to listen to one of my favourite books read aloud to me on my commute. It brought it to life and Simon Vance has done an excellent job.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Would you consider the audio edition of Interview With The Vampire to be better than the print version?

I fell in love with the Vampire Chronicles when I was in high school (very early '90's!) and having discovered audible fairly recently, decided to have a revisit. I hadn't remembered how much anguish there is in the story and this does make it drag a little sometimes. Simon Vance performance is great and really consistent and manages to keep you interested in when you're getting frustrated with 'Louis''s painstakingly slow thought processes! That said, having reached the end I shall now be downloading The Vampire Lestat. If you're going to take the trip you may as well make the whole journey! I'm pleased to see Simon Vance is narrating that one too. Would I say the audio version is better than the print? I couldn't say - it's been too long since I picked up the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It makes you wonder what happens next!

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

He manages to make Louis' interminable meanderings very pleasant to listen to! His accents switch depending on who is talking and he's very consistent. Definitely one of my preferred narrators found so far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I had 12 hours to sit and listen to a book in one sitting! I did find myself listening to it at every available opportunity!

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Read for university.

Had to read this for university. Had a much easier time with the audio book. Voice acting was great and kept me interested.

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awesome

well read by Simon vance and awesome story. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

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A landmark

The writing and the performance were so seductive and so strange because they were so seductive. I dont understand why it isnt recognised more as a landmark in LGBTQ literature. It was so ahead of it's time, that it feels fresh even today.

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not for film lovers!!!

Amazing! wish I had never seen the film first! well writen and narrated, classic! read before the film!

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Best narration of an audio book I’ve had the delight to listen too!

The story is compelling, dark and at times tense. Beautifully written and exquisitely narrated. A thoroughly enjoyable experience!

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brilliant

Amazing story ,amazing writing .Highly recommend...Anne Rice is brilliant... and compared with the movie....it's so so much better.

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Eternity is just a word

The philosophy of this book is spine tingling. The truth that no matter where we go we will always find ourselves. Simon Vance is impeccable. I suggest you check out his other works. If you've seen the movie, the book is still good and will allow you to recreate every scene in more detail and understand the subtlety of Anne Rice's writing much more than the film. I will say than compared to many adaptations of books. this movie for this book is good. Tom cruise I think is perfect. Brad Pitt is a great actor but perhaps not as perfect for the role. Anyway enough about the movie! Enjoy the book! I finished this faster than almost anything I've listened to on audible. and bought the sequel before I'd even finished it.

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  • 04-05-15

pretty good story i liked it

i liked it better than the movie. way more info and deeper look into characters