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The Vampire Lestat

The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2
By: Anne Rice
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Vampire Chronicles, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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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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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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vampire lestat

anne rices follow up is not as exciting and a little more long winded. while i found interview to be timless; plenty of the references in lestat seem dated, the ideas not as enthralling with my latest re listen.

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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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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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it was OK

I didn't love the first book but I did love the movie about the first book. I decided to go ahead with this book with a hope that the continued story would spark up the love i had when i first saw the movie. It didn't. It was very similar to the first book, too many overly romantic themes and the agony and suffering of unrequited love and the torment of being a vampire. Again it was just OK. I would not recommend it unless you are a fan of the romance genre. I am not.

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  • Patricia
  • 29-06-2011

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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  • Ashley
  • 06-01-2014

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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  • Sharon K.
  • 20-05-2012

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS VAMPIRES EVER! LESTAT!

This is the one vampire that EVERYONE on this planet knows the name of: LESTAT. He is Anne Rice's finest hour, her most famous creation and the beginning of her other vampire books even tho he came from Interview with the Vampire originally. This book shocked me at first, even tho I can recite the words nearly verbatim from the written word; I have read them so often. But I was astonished and DELIGHTED to hear the narrator speak in the French accent that was WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE! Reading the story never gave me the actual mental image of the French accent even tho we are told that Lestat is French and from the late 1700's, it just never came across in the written words! But the Audible version shocked and DELIGHTED me to be so AUTHENTIC with the French accent and it surely made the OLD STORY TO ME almost brand new! This narrator does such an excellent job of reading the story I simply cannot tell you how wonderful it is! You must experience it for yourself! You MUST! Lestat is so famous, the movie with Stuart Townsend was excellent, as was Akasha (actress Aaliyah) and Marius and the others was very very good; but the Audible version of the story is so much better. You will hear and understand so much more and the authentic French accent is so very original, it was not used in the movie! but it really "makes" the story so perfectly original. I highly recommend this Audible book to any Anne Rice fan, any Vampire fan and any fan of good books! There is really nothing better than classic vampire stories!

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  • Steve
  • 19-04-2012

The History and Detail "Interview" Left Out

"Lestat" is a deeper more satisfying explanation of the vampire world that was revealed in "Interview". I enjoyed the examination of the conflict between living eternally but only as a serial killer. Apparently even vampires, however bad, have moral limits. I've listened to this series while driving to and from work in the dark and get lost in them completely.
This second book is great but I must say the last chapters feel tacked on - as if the book company stepped in and said to Anne Rice , "Sweet heart, you've got to write an ending that leads to a sequel, and make sure you include a car chase. Any old ending will do." Additionally, Simon Vance gets a little Bella Lagosi here and there but he is forgiven.

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 03-03-2016

Modern Queen of Goth

Anne Rice is the modern Queen of Gothic literature. Not pulp, not softcore written for the hopeful serialisation on a Cable channel, not gratuitous violence - just good literature. This second installment of the Vampire Chronicles is as good as the first ("Interview with a Vampire") and, in my opinion, better. It considers those deep questions of lore and longing and compels you to keep listening because, just possibly, you will understand the origins of these dark and evil creatures. Yes, it's fiction, but fiction real enough to bite. I especially enjoyed the adventure back to the deep origins sandwiched between the rock and roll of Lestat's re-awakening. The post modernist meets the goth. Terrific.
And Simon Vance is one of my favourites. If he can do wrong (which I doubt), then it can't be when reading this genre.

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  • Mark
  • 26-09-2011

STILL LOVED IT

This book was not at all like i thought it would be...the story from this point of view just blew me out of the water. To be made out to be the bad guy in the first book but then for the twist was just awesome

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-2019

Even better than the first one.

amazing story with compelling characters and great story development. if you like twilight this book is way to good for you

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  • Rbtmw
  • 24-05-2012

Better than Interview with the vampire

I found this book more entertaining and engaging than Interview with the Vampire. Lestat has a certain charisma and emotion that make him a great main character to follow through time. You feel connected to Lestat and sympathize with his story.
The narrator- Simon Vance did a fantastic job of creating a narration that was full of life and easy to follow.
If you liked Lestat in Interview with the Vampire you will most likely enjoy the story of his life in this book.

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  • Ben
  • 03-09-2020

best vampire story, EVER. Period.

this is my favorite vampire story of all vampire stories I've ever read. many of Anne Rice books can be think with dialogue and description making be fight to read at points before I get to the good parts again. this isn't so with The Vampire Lestat. every bit of this book is fun to read.

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  • Jeremy Aguirre
  • 21-05-2020

Awesome

If you thought IWAV was good, you've got another thing coming, I'm downloading Queen of the Damn as soon as I finish this review, The Vampire Lestat is phenomenal!

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  • GMJ
  • 14-04-2013

Brilliant!

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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  • L
  • 12-10-2011

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2018

Love everlasting

I can’t d deceive how much I love this book. It is thrilling, sensuous, different and daring. Just as beautiful this time around as the first time I read it 18 years ago...only this time it all made sense in a beautifully adult way. All the alluring images, the subtext and the sweet sexy secrets of it were glaring at me now as I listened. The performance was as mesmerising as the descriptions of the antics of the undead. I thoroughly recommend this book if you are looking for a story to become totally immersed in. You will not be disappointed!!

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  • alex
  • 07-02-2016

very good as u would expect from Anne Rice

What did you like most about The Vampire Lestat?

i don't know about like, he had some silly ideas.. he seems determined to alienate everyone.. excellent character though I enjoyed walking along with him on his journey..

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

first time with Simon Vance but could listen to him all day. his characterisations are wonderful..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

21 hours.. maybe not.

Any additional comments?

having read a few of Anne Rice books over the years, (keeper of the bones is excellent, hint hint audio people) I decided I would like to follow the vampire series so started with book 2,, (having seen interview film to death) I really enjoyed it and have already moved to number 3 and will move on hopefully to the full series. it has some interesting, thought provoking theories, of course all in the imagination of miss Rice.. or is it ??

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  • Bookgirl91
  • 01-06-2015

Good Story but the accent distracted

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because I think it's at least a good story

Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Vance?

Probably not, his fake french accent seriously distracted me througout

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No it was something I wanted to listen to bit by bit

Any additional comments?

I enjoy it but the narrator seriously felt a bit over-the-top at points

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  • R . K
  • 16-09-2020

Really interesting story. Frustratingly paced.

Love that gay shit! Love these queer-ass characters. Wish they'd pick up the pace sometimes, rather than drop it off a cliff every couple chapters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-08-2020

Anne Rice does it again.

Loved the book, I prefer the first but I will always commend Anne's work. the Narrators voice was beautiful, like listening to silk.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-2020

Maybe best vampire series

This was my first book in the series. I picked it up because I wanted to see how the story from the movie continues. And it didnt disappoint. Lestat doesnt disappoint, but I was surprised to find so many more interesting vampires. I understand why after so much time, the series still holds is at the top of the vampire genre.

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  • kevin
  • 09-05-2020

Very encapsulating

Absolutely loved this book, haven't listened to any other book in the series yet but I definitely will now after listening to this one

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  • Devilicious
  • 28-03-2020

Lovely

Much better than what I initially expected. I was just a bit squeamish about the relationship between Lestat and his mother. Great performance by the narrator.