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I wish I had noted that an Un-abridged version was avaialble when I bought this. I looked, but didn't find it on the site. Now I am very disapointed, since I always prefer unabridged.
The book itself is good, Lestat is back!
If you are in a hurry, you can save 5 hours buying this one, but if you like unabridged audio books, stay away from this one.
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I love Anne Rice's tales of the vampires, but this one did not impress. The characters were not as well developed as in her other books. I know this is a sequel of sorts to Blackwood Farm and the characters were developed in the books that they previously appeared in, but in this they were fairly weakened versions of themselves. I also didn't get the love affair between Lestat and Rowan, but there is a very nice set up for them reunite in the future. I'll be on the look out for that. If it happens, I hope there'll be more to their story.
I know a writer can't hit it out if the park with every single book they write, so I can dislike this one while still loving Anne Rice and the other books.
As for the narration-I hated it! Stephen Spinella's voice was robotic and a bit high pitched for my taste. I also didn't like how he read Rowan Mayfair or Michael, or any of the characters for that matter. As I recall from The Witching Hour, Rowan grew up in San Francisco and had no idea of her Southern roots, until a death occurred in the family, but he read her with a full on southern accent anyway. Ugh! His voices for the Tallis were again, robotic and nasal and therefore annoying and I couldn't wait to be done listening to this audio book. Too bad I didn't really have time to read it for myself.
If you have the time, read it for yourself-do not listen to this version.