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Be still my beating heart! Finally, this unabridged version was released two days ago. I've always loved the book and was bitterly disappointed that only an abridged version was available. I never buy abridged versions.
Simon Vance returns as narrator and is as good as ever. I now have five of my favorite Vampire Chronicles audiobooks; from Interview With A Vampire to Tale of the Body Thief and her most recent one, Prince Lestat.
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In the 4th in the Vampire Chronicle series, Rice returns to the search for meaning that was such a strong theme in the first, Interview with a Vampire. It has always struck me that Rice uses Vampires as metaphor for angels. With all their gifts, they are not the reflection of God capable of creation that humans are. For blood sucking fiends, Rice's vampires spend a great deal of time discussing God, the meaning of their own existence and spirituality.
In the first book, we learn the early story in a dark 18th century New Orleans. In the second we meet Lestat as a sympathetic character. In the 3rd, Lestat is a rock star adventuring in the modern mortal world. In this, the 4th installment, he actually becomes a mortal man. The adventure allows Rice to explores what it means to be human, angel and devil.
I'll confess, I've read ahead in the series, but had skipped this one. I can tell you that this one is not as fast moving or gripping as the first three, but it's still a great story, mystery, adventure... Later books in the series wax very philosophical. It is clear that Rice begins her turn toward the more philosophical in The Tale of the Body Thief. Good book, no foul language or explicitly obscene content, but this is a book for adults.
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I read the vampire trilogy when they first came out. Now in 2016 they continue to thrill me. I only wish that the other books in the vampire chronicles were in audio format. Very enjoyable having the books read to you, allows your imagination free reign, therefore I enjoyed the books in a fuller way.
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Some people think that The Vampire Chronicles are not "real literature", whatever that is, and are only one step removed from Fifty Shades -which in my own defence, I have not read. But I like them for the same reason I like eating ice cream alone in front of a horror movie: it's chilling and delicious. The Chronicles portray being a vampire as being a bit like a Caesar: you can kill as many people as you want, live gorgeously, look and dress like a god, but after a while, it's all sooooooooo boring, and you'll try almost anything for a bit of entertainment. The larks to which Lestat gets up to in this novel are so daft (as when, in the horror movie, someone goes down into the cellar with a dodgy flashlight to see what's making that moaning noise) that only chronic, soul crushing boredom can explain it. This leads to a series of adventures and encounters so wonderful that only a Scheherazade like Rice could have conjured them. How does she do it? How does she get us on side with such a selfish, self-centred, spoiled and entitled creature? Who cares: pass the ice cream.