Review: Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice (Audiobook)(Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted February 18, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: The time is now.

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks, as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . .

He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently . . . carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir–young, romantic, cultivated–to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the “endless,” life . . . learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings . . . to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the “superior” sensual pleasures.

He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him . . .

We see how Claudia in turn is made a vampire–all her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small child–and how they arrive at their passionate and dangerous alliance, their French Quarter life of opulence: delicate Grecian statues, Chinese vases, crystal chandeliers, a butler, a maid, a stone nymph in the hidden garden court . . . night curving into night with their vampire senses heightened to the beauty of the world, thirsting for the beauty of death–a constant stream of vulnerable strangers awaiting them below . . .

We see them joined against the envious, dangerous Lestat, embarking on a perilous search across Europe for others like themselves, desperate to discover the world they belong to, the ways of survival, to know what they are and why, where they came from, what their future can be . . .

We follow them across Austria and Transylvania, encountering their kind in forms beyond their wildest imagining . . . to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Théâtre des Vampires–the beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within . . . to their meeting with the eerily magnetic Armand, who brings them, at last, into intimacy with a whole brilliant and decadent society of vampires, an intimacy that becomes sudden terror when they are compelled to confront what they have feared and fled . . .

In its unceasing flow of spellbinding storytelling, of danger and flight, of loyalty and treachery, Interview with the Vampire bears witness of a literary imagination of the first order.

Bought on Audible
Story rating is a 5 but the audio rating is a 2.5 (gave more weight to the story)

What I Loved: This is a fantastic story!  It is one full of intrigue, love, loss, beautiful locations, wonderful characters, and at its core the story of a man’s life as he sees it.  This is one of those books that can get people hooked on reading and leave them wanting more of the story.  Say what you will but Anne Rice is a wonderful story teller. I could say so much more but you really should discover this story on your own.  Please understand that the movie (for those that have seen it) is such a small part of what this story has in store with you.

What I Liked:  This book is full of richness in detail.  Each location, each person, and each emotion is so well described that you can see and feel each of them.  It will make you want to visit the locations in real life and see if you can picture the story unfolding there.

Complaints: None about the story but will list the audiobook complaints in the Audio Section.

Audiobook Specific Review:  First, I bought the abridged version (did not realize it) so it was more like a reading of the movie as opposed to the book.  There was too much left out and I was glad that I had read the book so I knew the depth of the story.  Second, F. Murray Abraham did an ok job with what he was given.  I did not really like his version of Lestat’s voice but he did a good job with Louis.  I would say listen to this version if you are looking for a short retelling of the book but would recommend you read the book first.

Why I gave it a 4:  Unfortunately I am doing a combo book/audio review.  If I was just talking about the book it would be a 5 hands down.  This is one of my favorite books of all time.  The audio though is just standard at best and the abridged version that I listened too was too chopped.

Who I would recommend this too:  I would recommend anyone who likes good stories buy the book.  I am not sure I would recommend the audio version so anyone.

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Books in this series:

Interview with the Vampire
The Vampire Lestat
The Queen of the Damned
The Tale of the Body Thief
Memnoch the Devil
The Vampire Armand
Blood and Gold
Blackwood Farm
Blood Canticle


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