• The Vampire Lestat

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 10-16-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 3.8 (274 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

More of The Vampire Chronicles - where dark pleasures and glorious decadence abound. Anne Rice once again creates the hypnotic, mythical world of the undead. Here is the story of the dazzling and seductive vampire Lestat, whom we first perceive as evil incarnate. We travel with Lestat from the licentious Paris of the 18th century to the pagan courts of ancient Egypt to the frenzied 20th century world of rock superstardom, as he elusively searches for the roots and meaning of his own immortality. As he does so, our sympathy is more and more engaged and we come to recognize that he is, in fact, a questing romantic, a vampire hero - with his own strange and passionate sense of courage and morality. The Vampire Lestat is Volume 2 of The Vampire Chronicles.
©1985 by Anne O'Brien Rice (P)1989 by Random House, Inc.
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By Dorothea on 11-28-09

Good Story .. Bad Music

I listened to this as an abridged audio book and I very disappointed with the violin music that should have been in the background. Loud and screeching I think are two good words to describe the 'music' and usually music stops just after the reader starts speaking, but this one didn't and it kept coming back. The violin was in the foreground when it was playing and was really awful to listen to while trying to hear the story.

Ignoring the Violin music ... I still did not enjoy this one as much as the Interview With A Vampire. Also, because it was abridged, I think they took too much out. If I had realized it was abridged before I got it, I probably won't have bought it.

Sometimes the second in the series can never be as good as the first, but I always hold out hope that the author has learned better writing and descriptive skills and so it 'could' be better. That being said, I think I would still read another in her vampire series. I might even go and get the actual book and read it to see how much I missed.

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By Deshanta on 12-20-11

Classic Anne Rice novel!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Lestat to be better than the print version?

No, I think both complement each other. The rpint version lends itself to create an aura of what one would consider Lestat whereas the narrator of the audiobook puts his own spin on bringing the character to life for us.

What other book might you compare The Vampire Lestat to and why?

No books can compare to this wonderous tale of wunderlust and everything else in between. I did see myself drawing comparisons of Lestat and his personality to characters like Duncan McLeod, the Highlander and the Crow.

What does Michael York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought the tale to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the scene in the crypt with Akasha and Akil, and Marcus.

Any additional comments?

The violin transitions in the audiobook deserve to be toned down a bit so you can better engage your listening of the narrator and the tale. It could sometimes be very verbose and distracting.

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By Amanda on 06-04-06

Disappointing return to a teenage favourite

I read this book about 10 yrs ago, this abridged audio version does the original book NO justice. Michael York does a good job of narrating the tale, but 'cutting down' the story doesn't work well, and I fear this style of gothic storytelling just doesn't interest me anymore.
Whats with the violins too!? drowning out the narrative and adding nothing to the ambience. Do yourself a favour and read the book instead.

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By Anonymous User on 02-05-18

Much of the book is missing?

The parts of the novel that are read are great, but entire chapters and paragraphs are left out. The finish of the recording is not the end of the book.

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