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    In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a 6,000-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to "save" mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

    ©1988 Anne Rice (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    “Mesmerizing... a wonderful web of dark-side mythology.” ( San Francisco Chronicle)
    “With The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice has created universes within universes, traveling back in time as far as ancient, pre-pyramidic Egypt and journeying from the frozen mountain peaks of Nepal to the crowded, sweating streets of southern Florida.” ( Los Angeles Times)
    “Imaginative... intelligently written... This is popular fiction of the highest order.” ( USA Today)

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    L,histoire est très bonne et le lecteur est vraiment doué il nous transporte dans l'univers d'Anne Rice comme si il était de cet univers. Bravo monsieur

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    • Thomas J. Foote
    • 02/01/2016

    Concludes book 2

    I found some parts fairly slow, but if you want to enjoy some of the other books you need to read this one. Tale of the body thief and memnoch are both amazing, so you don't want to miss out. Maharet's tale is probably my favorite part. If you're like me, you're reading this for lestat. This book is topically about him, but we hear from several different vampires who seem for most of the book to be doing their own thing. I'm still scratching my head over why Anne Rice included Pandora in this book.
    Simon Vance reading the vampire chronicles has been some of my favorite listening since I've started using audible and I find its an excellent way to pass a shift. I strongly recommend any Simon Vance/Anne Rice combination on Audible.

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    • Jose M.
    • 27/01/2016

    Excess fat around a weak frame

    I loved the prologue and epilogue, yet struggled mightily not to abandon this book and endure to the end. Books shouldn't be endured. There are moments where I felt like yelling 'Get to the point!', and far too many 'weepings' and nostalgic yearnings from a plethora of flat characters that cripple the pacing. Finally, The way Akasha's threat is 'solved' seems comically rushed and anticlimatic. What a pity. I enjoyed the narrator though.

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    • Sephethus
    • 26/06/2012

    Simon Vance is Perfect for This

    Where does The Queen of the Damned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The queen of the damned ranks quite high in the audiobooks I've listened to so far, though I can't put a number on it.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Though I do love the main character, Lestat, my favorite characters in the first three of the Chronicles are those with the most depth and curiosity. I love Armand and Daniel, I love Marius, Claudia and Louis as well.

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

    Yes I've listened to his narration of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy and it is excellent. My only contention is that he has not narrated the rest of the series. They should be reproduced, unabridged, with Simon Vance as the narrator.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many, but mostly it was the stories of the vampire origins as well as the philosophical conversations about mortality. It was also all the loving, nearly erotic relationships between the male vampires. Marius and Lestat, Daniel and Armand.

    Any additional comments?

    The first three books of the Vampire Chronicles should be at the top of any list of great vampire stories. Though I do like Charlaine Harris' vampire series, no one can top Anne Rice in this genre. Her writing is full of beautiful verse and deep philosophy. They remind me of Dostoyevsky's Brothers Karamazov in some ways, though less boring.



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    • Jeh
    • 09/03/2014

    A painful listen.

    I had tried to read this series years ago as so many people had. Otho h but good things to say about Anne Rice, but I could never get into the books. The writing style was just to flowery for me and I kept finding myself irritated as it took so long to get to the point..... Of anything.

    Consequentially, I avoided the Audible series until I noticed it was read by Simon Vance. I thought he did an outstanding job in the "Master and Commander" books and I listened to them back to back from 1 to 21.

    When "Interview" came up on special I gave it a shot and followed it up with "Lestat". To me the only thing that kept me going in the series was the reader SimonVance and about 1/2 way through "the Queen" I'm about ready to just give up and ask for a refund.

    Initially the plot was interesting enough to want me to find out how it ended, but I'm at the point I don't care. It's almost like reliving those old educational movies from HS that were done in the 50's.

    I've listened to almost 150 books from Audible since I joined about 3 years ago and even doing the entire Jack Ryan series from start to finish (250+ hours) I was entertained but this feels like work.



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    • DizzyCaffeine
    • 06/07/2020

    Slow

    I went into this audiobook straight after The Vampire Lestat. The narration is still on point, and Simon Vance is wonderful. The book, however, is a slow, plodding, meandering mess that tested my patience by the end. I don't know - I guess it's worth listening to if you love the Vampire Chronicles, but this is a bad book with good moments and good characters.

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    • DAM@AZ
    • 01/05/2015

    History Lesson

    If you have ever been curious about the origin of Vampires this is the book for you. The author is very detailed as to how vampires came into being. If I didn't know better I would say that the author was a real VAMP. Enjoy.

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    • frumblebuck
    • 12/01/2016

    Fantastic performer

    The narrator does an excellent job of capturing the dark, exotic ennui of Anne Rice's vampires without being cheesy. The plot struggles to get going from time to time as Rice lingers on her vampire's side stories in an almost fan-fic fashion, but it always picks up again. A few quotable nuggets of philosophy are to be found as well. Lovely to listen to!

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    • Jenn
    • 21/06/2020

    dam citations

    the citations in the book killed emerson. there was some type of update that got rid of most of them however there still prevalent throughout. very distracting to an otherwise great book.

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    • Josh
    • 05/05/2020

    Not as gripping as the previous titles.

    I am enjoying this series, however this story didn't quite capture my attention as well as the books preceding it. I usually finish a story every month if not anxiously waiting for credits because I couldn't put it down. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series if you're in search of a Vampire Chronicles book to listen to.

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    • joshua
    • 02/08/2015

    never fails....

    It was an amazing listen as always....love me some ann rice. can't wait to hear what the next book has in store!!!

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