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Summary

Interview with the Vampire is a novel that evokes the brilliance, the decadence, the horror of The Vampire's world - as he pours out the erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead.

Interview with the Vampire is Volume 1 of The Vampire Chronicles.

©1976 by Anne O'Brien Rice (P)1986 by Random House, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Unrelentingly erotic...Sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable." ( The Washington Post)
"An unmitigated terror trip not meant for the weak of heart." ( The Cincinnati Enquirer)

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Interview with a Vampire

Disappointed to discover that this was abridged as this was not stated in the information. Enjoyed the story and felt the narrator was very good

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short changed

Having read the full unabridged version of this title, I felt short changed by this audio book. I really don't see the point of butchering books this way.

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  • Tara Murphy
  • 01-07-09

Where's the ending????

So, the interviewer (the boy) goes "down to the corner bar where his car was parked" and then Audible goes to the music and says I hope you have enjoyed this audiobook ????? Wha??!! I have listened to audiobooks for several years now and abridged ones on many occasions but this one is ridiculous! Where is the ending??? The attempt to shorten the book is alright considering they wanted to do so but what the heck??? There is no ending! Audible...you messed this one up! And why is the unabridged version NOT available?? Thanks but no thanks..I want my credit back!

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  • Lois A. Rose
  • 25-01-04

Disapointed with Reader

I loved this book when I originally read it years ago. After reading all the rest of the Vampire Chronicles, I was anxious to revisit this one. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing. The reader came off like an old Dracula movie, not the all too human vampire that Lestat was in the book. In addition, the abridged version left way too much out. If an unabridged version comes out with a better reader, such as the man who read The Vampire Armand or Memnoch the Devil, I will gladly trash my copy of this version in favor of a better rendition.

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  • Mia
  • 31-07-06

Disappointed

I loved this book the first time that I read it years ago. I was very unhappy, however, with this abridged version, and the sound quality was far below what I have come to expect from Audible.

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  • Natalie Mikiska
  • 24-01-11

Too much missing

The story is ok for an abridged version but it's missing a lot of good stuff.

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  • Deshanta
  • 20-12-11

My all-time Favourite Anne Rice story

If you could sum up Interview with the Vampire in three words, what would they be?

Riveting, fantastical and sumptuous.

What other book might you compare Interview with the Vampire to and why?

I would make a comparison on the way Rice captures the age and time of Paris, New York and the ol' South to the way Dicken describes it in his 'Tale of Two Cities'.

What about F. Murray Abraham’s performance did you like?

I think the narrator was great.

Who was the most memorable character of Interview with the Vampire and why?

Louis, but of course. His character reveals itself in its true form throughout the book and its his emotional tale that pulls at the heart strings in this first installment in the trilogy.

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  • Joel
  • 24-08-05

Thought provoking

I originally read this book while onboard ship during Desert Storm in the persian gulf. This story conjures images and arguments and passions for many facets of life. The characters are very rich and interesting because of thier attachments to family and homes of long ago. These characters are developed and well defined and true to thier own individual natures. Not so much a "dracula" tale as an exploration into how different personalities would respond if released from thier earthly ties and given neverending life at a grisley price.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-21

Not the full story

This is not the full book. Do not waste your credit. Highly disappointed. Will be returning.

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  • Sajal
  • 24-06-21

Abridged.

I had never listened to an abridged version before but I didn’t realize what I bought until the introduction.

Then I thought, Why not? …Never again.

Anne Rice’s work is rich in detail and creative storytelling. Unabridged does not do her justice.

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  • John
  • 13-03-21

Abridged to the point of altering the story

Having read the book back in the days when the world was in black & white and people knew little of audio books because computers were the size of a room and the internet was a series of 1's and zeros with very little content for the civilian populace to view, I must say that this abridged book was a huge disappointment. Not the story, but the horribly executed abridgment.

As if truncating a 14 hour and 24 minute book to 2 hours and 56 minutes is not bad enough, the abridgment altered the story by removing some of the most salient and entertaining content, born of the clever mind of Anne Rice. The full book was not available when I made my original abridged purchase, but I still feel like the credit I used for approximately 1/5th of the book was a calculated ploy to charge 2 credits for one book. A true fan is going to buy the unabridged version, once it became available.

In my opinion, the right thing to do is to refund 1 credit to anyone that bought both versions.

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  • T. Medina
  • 08-01-21

classic

I have read this book 3 or 4 times and always loved the deep and sultry writing that Anne Rice accomplished in this classic. I enjoyed even more as an audiobook specifically but not solely due to the Audible narration. The reader made a great story that much more enjoyable!!