The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

The cult audience for Rice’s two previous vampire novels, Interview with the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat , will undoubtedly broaden with this third book, which features the same characters and a more complex plot. As before, Rice tells her story in fine melodramatic style, overwriting with zest and exuberance: the text pulses with menace, mystery and violence, and with sensuality verging on erotica. Here Lestat and all other vampires pay the price for his obsessive need for fame, his reckless honesty in describing the “blood drinkers” among us, and his frenzied rock concert in San Francisco. Lestat’s kiss has awakened Queen Akasha from her 6000 year sleep. She immediately begins a wholesale slaughter of most of the world’s vampires, sparing only a small remnant (including Lestat) who she expects will join her in a crazed crusade against male mortals. Meanwhile, vampires and psychic humans around the globe are having the same terrifying dream in which twin red-haired women weep over the body of another woman, whose eyes and brains are on a plate nearby. As Rice gradually reveals the significance of the dream, she also focuses on Jesse, who works for the Telamasca, a secret society that collects data on those with paranormal powers. Though she ingeniously pulls together the various plot strands, Rice then almost loses the reader in philosophic overkill. She regains her verve in the final chapter, however, promising yet another mesmerizing installment of the Vampire Chronicles. 150,000 first printing: Literary Guild main selection.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About Simon

Simon is an actor who found his way into audiobook narrating as a side-gig and seems to have made a success of it. With some training as an actor as a child (just a couple of hours a week, but it stuck) and 15 years working inside the BBC (ending up as one of the presenters/newsreaders on BBC Radio 4 in London) he found the ideal combination for an audiobook narrator. Found his way to California two decades ago and never left.

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6 Responses to The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

  1. Lourdes June 23, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    I have just finished listening to The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned as read by you and even though I had read these books many years ago it was if I had never read them at all. Your work is marvelous and I can only hope that you will be the narrator for Prince Lestat.

    • Simon June 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

      It is a distinct possibility… 🙂

  2. Kyle Kruser June 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Simon,
    I loved listening to this and the two previous audio books. I’ve read the books previously, but your narration added to it, if you ask me. I hope they will have you read the rest of the chronicles, because it’s just not the same listening to anyone else. Plus, I can’t stand listening to abridged versions of audio books. Thank you for doing such a great job.

  3. Kirk Gerwin May 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    When can we expect to see the rest of the vampire chronicles read by Mr. Vance? I’ve been waiting for Tale of the Body Thief and The Devil Memnoch for what feels like forever!

    • Simon May 2, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      I wish I could bring you good news, but I honestly have no idea. So much rests on the economics of the venture and perhaps the publishers decided only to release the first three unabridged… Maybe they’re still thinking about it. I’d certainly do them if I was asked 🙂

      • Kirk Gerwin May 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

        Thank you for the response, I will keep my fingers crossed that it happens in the near future. Have an hour drive to work and back every day and I love listening to them.

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