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Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra

Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

From the iconic and best-selling author of The Mummy and The Vampire Chronicles, a mesmerizing, glamorous new tale of ancient feuds and modern passions.

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality - and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.

©2017 Anne Rice (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Poor narration

I’ve read and enjoyed all Anne Rice books.
This is the First one I’ve listen to.... what a shame ?!
Started well... then the screeching, and the pronunciation of the word passage well really...! Will not be listening to this narrator again very irritating.

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Umm

I love Anne Rice books but this one was spoilt by the reading style of the narrator.
I just couldn't enjoy the story.

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  • Al
  • 15-02-18

One of the worst books I've heard.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is one of the worst books I ever listened to, I managed to get a couple of hours into it but it felt as though it brain was being grated.

What was most disappointing about Anne Rice and Christopher Rice ’s story?

Didn't flow and the reader made it irritating,

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I think it was the rhythm of speech

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra?

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  • Michelle M. Durante
  • 23-11-17

I am hungry for more......

OMG, I love this story!!!! Thank you, Anne, and thank you, Christopher, for your masterful storytelling. It has been a long time coming.

I love the new layers and new characters in the story.

I did not like the narrator, however. she told the story beautifully BUT SHE YELLS!! Please, if she narrates the next book, please don't yell, it distracts from the story.

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  • brandi
  • 15-08-18

tried so hard to be interested in this book

it was just so bad... I loved most all of Anne Rice books but this I could not get into... the woman narrating does not help either.

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  • BlackCat
  • 23-05-18

The story lacked something....

The reading was truly inspired, but compared to the story of Ramses the Damned, one of my favorites, this sequel felt like a repetition, a rehash of the story, and I was already halfway with nothing new added. I'm going to get a copy of the ebook and see if I missed something. But after her last novel Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, I fear that Anne Rice is losing her touch. Her latest books are a far cry from The Witching Hour and The early Vampire Chronicles.

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  • CVBullen
  • 17-01-18

Been waiting for a sequel to Ramses and here it is

Loved the story, but found the narrator hard to listen to at times. Anne still rules!

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  • Mario
  • 01-12-17

Are you ready for the secret?

An entertaining story, although I felt it slow and a little bit boring in comparison with other great stories written by the author.

I did not like the narration, she screamed most of the time. Sometimes, I wanted to quit listening to the audiobook.

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  • Reg
  • 19-04-18

Good...not Great

It kept my interest. I wanted to see how the two queens and Ramses would get on. I wanted to see if Ramses would man up and stop lusting after Cleopatra even while he was professing his love for Julie Stratford. I wanted to see how much havoc was wreaked while they figured out who was going to be with who. I listened to the end and found it honestly sub par for Anne Rice. There was not the abundance of rich language, sensual description and detailed scenery that I've become used to from her. It was just OK and left me thinking there must be another installment coming. I'm left a bit disappointed as I enjoyed The Mummy immensely. It stuck with me for years. I hoped for a sequel. Unfortunately, this was not the sequel I was hoping for.

The narration was forced to my ears. There was an overt attempt at seduction that leaves the listener feeling put upon. She also goes from whispering to shouting, quite often at inappropriate times.

In short, I didn't enjoy this listen because the writing was mediocre and the execution of the performance for the audiobook was not done well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-06-18

This is a great book. Where is Bk 1 unabridged?

This is a great book, but where is Book 1 unabridged? You miss out on the experience when you can’t listen to Bk 1 beforehand.

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  • Richard D. McGehee
  • 29-01-18

I liked it!

This book was slow to start, but once it got going it was typical Anne Rice brilliance! There was little feel of Christopher Rice in this book...there is some...but on t much. I would have liked to have more of Christopher's touch in the book. Over all though it was a good read.

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  • tempe time traveler
  • 20-01-18

A Hearty Thank You to Kathrrine Kellgren

Anne and Christopher Rice make an excellent team..seamless prose. I didn't know when I started this book that it would be one of KKs last. .such a loss. Thanks for the memories and an outstanding sequel.

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  • Rochelle in Montana
  • 22-11-17

<br /><br />holy screeching!

The narrator is a screeching shrew turned it off going to read it in silence.

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