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Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles

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Simon Vance

18 Hours 52 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

October 2014

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return…From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology--a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.

'What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again.' --from The Vampire Lestat

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned ('mesmerizing' --San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat ('brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive' --New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces--the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned…Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures-come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…

And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…

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  • Maggie Freeman

    Really good book! Love it! When the narrator does some of the impressions it reminds me of the old time mafia gangs, like the god father, hilarious!!

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    Loved this one too! Cud is to Anne Rice! When is the next one coming and also when will there be another crossover with the Mayfair witches and Taltos!!!! Narrator sounds the same in every book and when he tried to do impressions it makes me giggle

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  • Kati Frost

    I've waited so long for another vampire chronological. It didn't disappoint!

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  • Heather Dumas

    Queen Anne is exquisite with her prose, as always. We learn some unexpected things about some familiar characters in this one. This narrator does so many amazing accents. He truly brings the characters to life.

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  • Steve S.

    this narrator is amazing!

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  • Sarah K.

    Another amazing edition to Anne Rice’s epic fantasy world of vampires, and historical lore. Simon Vance’s amazing narration brings this world to life.

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