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Most of Anne's books have more action than this one. The writing style, in my opinion is more like her Mayfair books, but entirely in the vampire world. There were lots of discussions about concepts, new charicters, and the world of Atlantis. The full cast of characters are there, but not everyone has a speaking role. Overall I enjoyed it. Simon Vance did an excellent job! I have mixed opinions about him. He is sometimes mediocre, and puts me to sleep with his sing song cadence, or he does such fantastic job that he can make an awful book seem better than average.
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This book needed a good editor to prune a lot of excess verbiage. There are about three hours (could be more, it was mind numbing) in the middle of the book devoted to highly detailed - and often repetitive - descriptions of Atalantaya. These descriptions did nothing to advance the story and next to nothing to flesh out the characters. After the fourth detailing of a particular feature, such as the building material, I wanted to write a letter to Rice's editor and suggest more stringent review.
The story itself blends the usual vampire lore with a generous dollop of straight up science fiction. Basically, there are extraterrestrial aliens among us, and they may - or may not - present a threat to the familiar vampires. Certainly they intended to threaten life on earth as we know it. The book's promo was more interesting than the story itself.
Lestat is a much tamer version of himself. Louis is more of a sycophant. Marius reverts to the Roman general he once was. Yawn.
Simon Vance adopts a number of accents for the various characters. With limited success. He appears to be trying a Southern drawl for Louis, but it's neither accurate nor consistent. Lestat's French accent is similarly thin. Not sure what's going on with Marius, or Seth. Or Farid; this character needs a distinctive voice, but didn't get it. This book doesn't seem as skillful a narration as some of the earlier books.
I considered not finishing the book. At 17 hours, 13 minutes, it's longer than most audiobooks. Even with the two hour edit suggested above, it's too long. Rice could have told the story in a more engaging manner had she trimmed the fat. Perhaps its time to end the saga; that could certainly be done given the ending of the book (no spoilers). Still, it's the Vampire Chronicles, so I forced myself to finish.
I'm thinking about returning it for my credit, that's a good summary of how I felt about this book. Sad, given how eager I was to read it.
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