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'.
"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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- n robbie
A Trip Down Memory Lane
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.
It makes you wonder what happens next!
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.
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!