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Publisher's Summary

Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.
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©1985 Anne Rice (P)2011 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Frightening, sensual.... Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature.... To read her is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time, to become lightheaded as if our blood is slowly being drained away." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 06-29-11

Finally unabridged! Excellently read, great listen

This has always been my favourite novel from the Vampire Chronicles series (even though Interview with the Vampire is more popular) but I've always held off downloading it from Audible because it was only available abridged (aka butchered) but when this edition became available I downloaded this, Interview and Queen of the Damned immediately!

I've read the paperback edition of this book many times but Simon Vance narrates very well and captures the cheeky, elegant character of Lestat very well and brings out some subtleties that I've missed before.

This novel stands alone very well if you haven't read the other Anne Rice books since it only makes a few references to Interview with the Vampire.

I hope Audible will release more unabridged Anne Rice books (The Mayfair Witch novels!).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ashley on 01-06-14

Vance does Anne Rice justice

What did you love best about The Vampire Lestat?

There are no sparkly vampires here. If you are looking for another run of the mill vamp book, this is not it. Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles are in a league all their own. Predating the modern craze with Twilight-esque vampires, the supernatural creatures you will encounter in Lestat are far from anything resembling Edward or Bella.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire Lestat?

There are many moments that drew me in during the listening of this book. The memories of Lestat as a human birthed so many emotions within me. Anne Rice's talent truly shines through in this novel.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first of Simon Vance's performances that I've listened to. I was very pleased and impressed. His speech is fluid and dynamic, easy to follow, and engaging.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book brought forth a full range of emotion for me. While there are times when I cannot help shedding a tear and letting out a giggle, the emotional response to Lestat is much greater than simple happiness or sadness. Anne Rice engages her audiences with complex, realistic characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By GMJ on 04-14-13


I read this book many years ago and many other titles by Anne Rice. This is a true vampire classic which has been given a new dimension by a very talented narrator. Well done!

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4 out of 5 stars
By L on 10-12-11

An illuminating experience

My perception of Lestat before I read this novel was of an impulsive, shallow and cruel vampire that never considered the deeper essence of his immortal being. In this novel your ideas change. This Lestat is different than the one we meet in interview with a vampire and Lestat is active in the novel exploration of the nature of a vampire and the existential dilemma caused by their immortality.

A fantastic book which deepens and expands the vampire world that Rice creates. I can't wait to finish and start "queen of the damned".

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 01-19-18

Loved the spoken book

after reading the book many times, the spoken audio version was just as fantastic. the whole series is just as great.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Shona on 12-27-17


What did you like best about The Vampire Lestat? What did you like least?

The story was great but very long winded

Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Rice? Why or why not?

Yes, will eventually listen to the whole series

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The accents and the tones in his reading

Do you think The Vampire Lestat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

We know there is one so not sure why this question was asked

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