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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Melissa on 09-03-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Harriet Jones on 15-06-16


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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sephethus on 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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4 out of 5 stars
By Marilyn Armstrong on 13-07-11

My favorite of the "trilogy" ...

I was a big big Anne Rice fan when the books originally come out. Loved them then. Didn't love them nearly as much now. Why not? Because I'd forgotten how preachy the author is. Forgotten the long philosophical diatribes.

The narration is a bit flat. A better narrator might have made a difference. All in all, it was a curiously flat listen. I am not entirely sure why. Maybe a combination of factors. If I could have given this a 3-1/2 stars, I would have.

Sequentially, this comes after "Interview" and "Vampire Lestat." This is my favorite of that trilogy and has the most complex characters and plot. If you have been awaiting unabridged audio versions of these books, these are worth listening to, but not as good as I hoped. Maybe I've been spoiled by Kim Harrison.

It is still, I think, worth the time to give this and the other two a listen. This was one of the important "foundation" books for the urban vampire genre, even if they seem a bit stilted by current standards. Bear with the preaching. Although it is sometimes grating, Anne Rice does make some good points, whether or not you agree with her.

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