Anne Rice, best selling author of The Vampire Chronicles, delves into the mysterious legend of the mummy in this original and poetic tale of romance and horror.It begins in the early 1900s when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does he know that the mummy, one Ramses the Great, a.k.a. Ramses the Damned, has consumed an extraordinary potion that makes him immortal; only the powerful rays of the sun are needed to bring him to life. Transported to London, the mummy dispenses with his wrap and takes on a human guise. As Reginald Ramsey, he immediately captures the heart of Stratford's daughter, Julie, who is privy to his unnatural secret but can't resist his stunning good looks. All goes well until Reginald comes across Cleopatra, his long-lost love, under glass in a museum. Unable to bear the sight of this once-glorious Queen now on gruesome display, he decides to bring her back to life...a decision he will live - forever - to regret.
The ancient world collides with the modern one in Anne Rice's richly erotic yet sentimental love story that resonates with the macabre.
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Not good at all
So disappointing if you've read it in full print.
I honestly don't know anyone who would prefer this version of a classic story.
I love Anne Rice, but I have learned my lesson and will not be purchasing abridged versions, nor those narrated by Michael York in the future.
Lose the music, lose the narrator (the narrator of the Vampire series would've been a better choice), and look more closely at how the editing and cutting of the original story affects how the final version feels. This felt too choppy, too much cut out that really did not allow you to connect with the story as fully as you'd want. And the narration felt more like the narrator was reading a children's bedtime story. It was nearly painful to listen to, and if I had another book ready on my queue while at work I would've played it instead.
Not the way it was performed and cut. No.
I was so very much looking forward to listening to this book, I've read and reread it in print for years and years and was looking forward to having the characters "come to life", instead I feel as if someone were reading me a poorly written fan fiction version of one of my favorite stories.
- Teresa Rothman