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The Queen of the Damned

The Vampire Chronicles, Book 3
By: Anne Rice
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 3
Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a 6,000-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to "save" mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

©1988 Anne Rice (P)2011 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Mesmerizing... a wonderful web of dark-side mythology.” ( San Francisco Chronicle)
“With The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice has created universes within universes, traveling back in time as far as ancient, pre-pyramidic Egypt and journeying from the frozen mountain peaks of Nepal to the crowded, sweating streets of southern Florida.” ( Los Angeles Times)
“Imaginative... intelligently written... This is popular fiction of the highest order.” ( USA Today)

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Possibly the Best Piece of Vampire Fiction

I'm sure I'm not the only reader feeling stifled and spiritually depressed by the slew of modern "teenage" vampire fiction, which manages to reduce the intricate mythology of vampire fiction into cheap romances. If you feel the same, then you will probably want to thank the heavens for Anne Rice and her Vampire Chronicles. This, Volume 3 of the series, is perhaps the standout in a largely exceptional ouvre. Full of poignant and colourful characters, and weaving such complex and believable histories to explain the creation of the vampire race and the ties they have to their Queen, Akasha, this novel is truly a masterpiece. And Lestat may be the most bewitching vampiric character ever to grace paper. If you want to rediscover vampire fiction in all its glory, then this is a good place to start.

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a+++

I loved it, thought it was bloody brilliant! love his voices, such a talented writer and narrator

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fantastic story well read can't wait for book 4

Ann rice can do no wrong, she really has a beautiful way with here story telling.

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Best so far

Excellent book ! hope all the other books in the series come to audible

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A favourite of mine

I can't tell you how many times I have listened to vampire lestat but I never get board with it.

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Rambling

Disjointed with no discernable story just a sequence of ramblings. More like a reference book that didn't transition to an audiobook

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Not as good as earlier work

Whilst the performance of Simon Vance is quite good the novel itself is too long too wordy and not terribly well written. It is an easy listen but the narrative is a verbose predictable beach read rather than literature. Stick to the first two books in the series which were inventive and amusing.

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a great listen

loving this series of audio books, i would definitely recommend them to anyone who is interested in supernatural fiction

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Another fantastic Vampire story

If you are fan of 'Interview with the Vampire' and 'The Vampire Lestat' then you will love this book. It doesn't disappoint. Loved the plot. The narrator is good and his voice will make this novel and easy listen. It has the great characters of Louis and Lestat and other characters give this story a real boost. This novel gives further insight into the vampire world- on how vampires first were made, I found that interesting. So it has a historical element as well as the present day (when the book was written) aspect. What is great about the writing is that you don't get confused as to which part of the timeline you are on. You never confused as to what is going on, and you only want to know what's going to happen next. You really get drawn into the world of vampires. It is a great 3rd book, in my opinion I would say that this should not be the first book that someone reads in the Vampire Chronicle stories.

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Amazing!

Far superior to the previous two books.

I highly advice to listen to this amazing story. :)

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  • Jose M.
  • 27-01-16

Excess fat around a weak frame

I loved the prologue and epilogue, yet struggled mightily not to abandon this book and endure to the end. Books shouldn't be endured. There are moments where I felt like yelling 'Get to the point!', and far too many 'weepings' and nostalgic yearnings from a plethora of flat characters that cripple the pacing. Finally, The way Akasha's threat is 'solved' seems comically rushed and anticlimatic. What a pity. I enjoyed the narrator though.

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  • Thomas J. Foote
  • 02-01-16

Concludes book 2

I found some parts fairly slow, but if you want to enjoy some of the other books you need to read this one. Tale of the body thief and memnoch are both amazing, so you don't want to miss out. Maharet's tale is probably my favorite part. If you're like me, you're reading this for lestat. This book is topically about him, but we hear from several different vampires who seem for most of the book to be doing their own thing. I'm still scratching my head over why Anne Rice included Pandora in this book.
Simon Vance reading the vampire chronicles has been some of my favorite listening since I've started using audible and I find its an excellent way to pass a shift. I strongly recommend any Simon Vance/Anne Rice combination on Audible.

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  • Sephethus
  • 26-06-12

Simon Vance is Perfect for This

Where does The Queen of the Damned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The queen of the damned ranks quite high in the audiobooks I've listened to so far, though I can't put a number on it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Though I do love the main character, Lestat, my favorite characters in the first three of the Chronicles are those with the most depth and curiosity. I love Armand and Daniel, I love Marius, Claudia and Louis as well.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I've listened to his narration of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy and it is excellent. My only contention is that he has not narrated the rest of the series. They should be reproduced, unabridged, with Simon Vance as the narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many, but mostly it was the stories of the vampire origins as well as the philosophical conversations about mortality. It was also all the loving, nearly erotic relationships between the male vampires. Marius and Lestat, Daniel and Armand.

Any additional comments?

The first three books of the Vampire Chronicles should be at the top of any list of great vampire stories. Though I do like Charlaine Harris' vampire series, no one can top Anne Rice in this genre. Her writing is full of beautiful verse and deep philosophy. They remind me of Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov in some ways, though less boring.



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  • Joseph K. Dominic
  • 09-03-14

A painful listen.

I had tried to read this series years ago as so many people had. Otho h but good things to say about Anne Rice, but I could never get into the books. The writing style was just to flowery for me and I kept finding myself irritated as it took so long to get to the point..... Of anything.

Consequentially, I avoided the Audible series until I noticed it was read by Simon Vance. I thought he did an outstanding job in the "Master and Commander" books and I listened to them back to back from 1 to 21.

When "Interview" came up on special I gave it a shot and followed it up with "Lestat". To me the only thing that kept me going in the series was the reader SimonVance and about 1/2 way through "the Queen" I'm about ready to just give up and ask for a refund.

Initially the plot was interesting enough to want me to find out how it ended, but I'm at the point I don't care. It's almost like reliving those old educational movies from HS that were done in the 50's.

I've listened to almost 150 books from Audible since I joined about 3 years ago and even doing the entire Jack Ryan series from start to finish (250+ hours) I was entertained but this feels like work.



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  • frumblebuck
  • 12-01-16

Fantastic performer

The narrator does an excellent job of capturing the dark, exotic ennui of Anne Rice's vampires without being cheesy. The plot struggles to get going from time to time as Rice lingers on her vampire's side stories in an almost fan-fic fashion, but it always picks up again. A few quotable nuggets of philosophy are to be found as well. Lovely to listen to!

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  • joshua
  • 02-08-15

never fails....

It was an amazing listen as always....love me some ann rice. can't wait to hear what the next book has in store!!!

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  • Gina
  • 28-07-15

Good book in the series!

This was a good book, but a bit slow in places for me compared to the last few Ann Rice books. A must listen to if you're listening to al the Vampire books- it fills in all the gaps. Well read and very good overall book!

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  • Clair
  • 02-06-15

Great story!

What did you like best about this story?

I like the point of view from Akasha. She seems like a girl who got too much power too young and became a tyrant albeit with good intentions.

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  • DAM@AZ
  • 01-05-15

History Lesson

If you have ever been curious about the origin of Vampires this is the book for you. The author is very detailed as to how vampires came into being. If I didn't know better I would say that the author was a real VAMP. Enjoy.

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  • Kimberly W.
  • 17-04-15

The Brat Prince!!!

Amazingly breathtaking, I shall not give anything away except that if your a fan of the first two books in the series you will fall in love with characters you previously hated and find yourself a new hero in a old fiend!

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