The vampire world is in crisis – their kind have been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before.
Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Francisco. Immolations, huge massacres, have commenced all over the world.
Who – or what – is the Voice? What does it desire, and why?There is only one vampire, only one blood drinker, truly known to the entire world of the Undead. Will the dazzling hero-wanderer, the dangerous rebel-outlaw Lestat heed the call to unite the Children of Darkness as they face this new twilight?
Anne Rice’s epic, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious new novel brings together all the worlds and beings of the legendary Vampire Chronicles, from present-day New York and Ancient Egypt to fourth-century Carthage and Renaissance Venice; from Louis de Pointe du Lac; Armand the eternally young; Mekare and Maharet; to Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true child of the Millennia. It also introduces many other seductive supernatural creatures, and heralds significant new blood.
©2014 Anne O'Brien Rice (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
Perhaps my personality has changed in the decade since I last read a Vampire Chronicle, but this book wasn't for me. At 18hrs, I felt it was far too long winded, and quite slow in parts, saved only by the excellent narrator.
I truly can't think of a single criticism of this book, or of this performance. I have heard many books read by Simon Vance and he is consistently excellent. His subtle voice characterisations and his pace and tone are, to me, very easy to listen to.
The story continues one of which I've been a fan for a long time so any review by me will be heavily biased. It's hard to believe that these are not tales of people who actually exist. Anne Rice doesn't write 'characters', she writes histories. Profoundly attractive ones.
I enjoyed this immensely and I am sure I'll do so again before long.
"Great Idea, Badly executed"
I love the Vampire chronicles and most of Anne Rice's other books. I was eagerly awaiting this Vampire chronicle but was sorely disappointed. The idea for the story is good but the rambling incoherent path she takes to get to the half decent ending, is very dull and over written. Simon Vance's narration was difficult to understand at times and the accents he used for the characters were just bizarre. What a sad ending to the Great Vampire Chronicles.
"A good ending"
This is the one to tie all those loose ends up.
Characters you have long missed are brought back for one final outing.
Overall the story was good but some of the "returns" are a bit forced.
"Enjoyed this very much."
First audiobook fiction I've listened to, thoroughly enjoyed it and the narrator's performance. Listened to it whilst training for my next marathon.
"Not the best Anne Rice I've read"
I would recommend Prince Lestat to any fan of The Vampire Chronicles, but I don't think a non-fan would rate it at all.
Simon Vance is a great reader, I love his range of voices even though his Asian characters all sound like the shopkeeper from The Simpsons. The rest of his repertoire is fantastic as always.
Unlike Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the damned; I don't think I could do this audiobook in one sitting, I found my mind wandering and getting a little bored if I am to be honest.
The story is progressing ponderously, their is an awful lot of padding and going over old ground, it's like the author had a great idea and then was not quite sure where to go with it. I write this having not finished the book yet, I think I've
One of the best of the chronicles. It brings together all the characters.
The book is very like Interview in that it deals with multiple characters. This book however goes into more depth and does not just follow central characters but it runs along a single theme that all characters are heading towards! Excellent book from a vampire master!
Simon Vance brings the characters to life(undeath)in this novel,I have read them all up until "Prince Lestat" so I think I'll maybe start at the beginning and listen to them,love the storyline.
"An excellent read"
An excellent read. you'll get the best out of the book if you read Lestat The Vampyre and Queen Of The Damned first. There are so many characters in the story it helps if you have been introduced to them before you read this book. Queen Akasha has a plan to take over the world by eliminating all the mortals and the fledgelings. Lestat is called upon by the elders to help prevent this from happening.
"Awesome as ever "
just love Anne Race's descriptive abilities and imagination. It is wonderful being immersed in all the familiar characters... feel like I know them over the years.
"Back to form"
I must admit by end of the original run of vampire chronicles I was getting a bit disappointed by the hybrid of Mayfair witches and vampire books . they didn't seem to meet my expectations as I had loved both series of books. This book has brought back the series with a great story. The mix of prospects from the all the vampires can get a little confusing but it is part of the reason I do like the books you see things from not just one view. I can't wait for more.
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