Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles Series #1)

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Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force--a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses.
It is a novel only Anne Rice could write....
"Magnificent, compulsively ...
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Overview

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force--a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses.
It is a novel only Anne Rice could write....
"Magnificent, compulsively readable."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer

"A supernatural thriller raised to the level of literature."

Boston Globe
"If you surrender, you will find that you have surrender to enchantment, as if in a voluptuous dream."
Chicago Tribune
"A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller. . . . Anne Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth--the education of the vampire."
Library Journal
Rice turned the vampire genre on its ear with this first novel (LJ 5/1/76), which evolved into one of the most popular series in recent history. Though the quality of the books has declined, this nonetheless is a marvelous, innovative, and literate tale of the longing for love and the search for redemption. This 20th-anniversary edition offers a trade-size paperback for a good price.
Chicago Tribune
A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller. . . . Anne Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth--the education of the vampire.
Leo Braudy
"Anne Rice's publishers mention the Collector and the Other, but it is really The Exorcist to which Interview with the Vampire should be compared, and both novelist William Peter Blatty and filmmaker William Friedkin, whatever their faults did it much better...The publicity tells us Rice is a "dazzling storyteller." But there is no story here, only a series of sometimes effective but always essentially static tableaus out of Roger Corman films, and some self-conscious soliloquizing out of Spider-Man comics, all wrapped in a ballooning, pompous language." Books of the Century, The New York Times, May, 1976
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“A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth–the education of the vampire.”—Chicago Tribune

“Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.”—Washington Post

“If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.” —Boston Globe

“A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving.”—Hartford Courant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375418228
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/4/2000
  • Series: Vampire Chronicles Series , #1
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 1,381,768
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Anne Rice
Anne Rice is the author of thirty books.  She lives in Rancho Mirage, California.  Visit her on www.annerice.com
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    1. Also Known As:
      A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rampling
    2. Hometown:
      Palm Desert, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
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"I see--" said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room towards the window. For a long time he stood there against the dim light from Divisadero Street and the passing beams of traffic. The boy could see the furnishings of the room more clearly now, the round oak table, the chairs. A wash basin hung on one wall with a mirror. He set his briefcase on the table and waited.

"But how much tape do you have with you?" asked the vampire, turning now so the boy could see his profile. "Enough for the story of a life?"

"Sure, if it's a good life. Sometimes I interview as many as three or four good people a night if I'm lucky. But it has to be a good story. That's only fair, isn't it?"

"Admirably fair," the vampire answered. "I would like to tell you the story of my life, then. I would like to do that very much."

"Great," said the boy. And quickly he removed a small tape recorder from his brief case, making a check of the cassette and batteries. "I'm really anxious to hear why you believe this, why you--"

"No," said the vampire abruptly. "We can't begin that way. Is your equipment ready?"

"Yes," said the boy.

"Then sit down. I'm going to turn on the overhead light."

"But I thought vampires didn't like the light," said the boy. "If you think the dark adds atmosphere--" But then he stopped. The vampire was watching him with his back to the window. The boy could make out nothing of his face now, and something about the still figure there distracted him. He started to say something again but he said nothing. And then he sighed with relief when the vampire moved towards the table and reached for the overhead cord.

At once the room was flooded with a harsh yellow light. And the boy, staring up at the vampire, could not repress a gasp. His fingers danced backwards on the table to grasp the edge. "Dear God!" he whispered, and then he gazed, speechless, at the vampire.

The vampire was utterly white and smooth, as if he were sculpted from bleached bone, and his face was as seemingly inanimate as a statue, except for two brilliant green eyes that looked down at the boy intently like flames in a skull. But then the vampire smiled almost wistfully, and the smooth white substance of his face moved with the infinitely flexible but minimal lines of a cartoon. "Do you see?" he asked softly?

The boy shuddered, lifting his hand as if to shield himself from a powerful light. His eyes moved slowly over the finely tailored black coat he'd only glimpsed in the bar, the long folds of the cape, the black silk tie knotted at the throat, and the gleam of the white collar that was as white as the vampire's flesh. He stared at the vampire's full black hair, the waves that were combed back over the tips of the ears, the curls that barely touched the edge of the white collar.

"Now, do you still want the interview?" the vampire asked.

The boy's mouth was open before the sound came out. He was nodding. Then he said, "Yes."

The vampire sat down slowly opposite him and, leaning forward, said gently, confidentially, "Don't be afraid. Just start the tape."

And then he reached out over the length of the table. The boy recoiled, sweat running down the sides of his face. The vampire clamped a hand on the boy's shoulder and said, "Believe me, I won't hurt you. I want this opportunity. It's more important to me than you can realize now. I want you to begin." And he withdrew his hand and sat collected,...

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    The Epic Tale From Simple Human to Immortal Being

    Interview With The Vampire, the first of many books in the Vampire Chronicles, introduces the reader to Louis de Pointe du Lac and the life he lived, stretching over 200 years. Narrated by Louis himself, he allows himself to be interviewed by an unsuspecting Daniel Malloy and he tells of his heart break, his "birth into darkness", his adventures as a creature of the night, and the moral battle he has within himself between his human conscience and the thirst of a vampire. He also sheds light on his volatile relationship with his maker, Lestat de Lioncourt (whose origins are explained in the next book of The Vampire Chronicles).

    Anne Rice describes her scenes to almost every detail, allowing the reader to vividly see and almost feel the sadness and despair within Louis life. Incredible piece of work and a great beginning to a fantastic vampire series. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fix of horror, passion, drama, and blood. And I would definitely suggest this book to those who want to avoid the juvenile, mediocre quality of Twilight. The Vampire Chronicles is one of the best vampire series out there, easily a classic.

    Also, if you enjoy the book, I very well suggest watching the film. It stays close to the book, but also has Anne Rice herself as an adviser for the film.

    34 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2008

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    Fantastic writing!!!

    I am very partial to vampire novels. As soon as I had the book in my hands, I plopped down on my bed to read it. I was soon caught in Louis' world. The eccentric, sensual, and absolutely heartwrenching story of a vampire, whose long existence brings up all the human emotions he never had. The hurt, love and desperate desire to his prey and his profound kindness and sympathy. It is a tragedy because it does not have a happy ending, but neverthelss, it is beautiful as it is. I devoured the book in one day, then waking up the next morning with it in my hands yet again, reading some parts I didn't understand. The book is very descriptive, but you really feel like you undestand the protagonist, and his agony. I thought the ending to be a great close, but again overshadows the beginning of a new story. The story of the boy who interview him in the first place! I thought it was ironic, and very foolish that the boy wanted to become a vampire after all that Louis told him. Like Louis says: "This... after all I told you... is what you ask for?"<BR/>I feel what Louis felt then; the desperation and the anger that even after all the wrongs of his life he told him, after all the death and all the sadness his existence had brought upon him, that he still wanted it. It is ironic because the boy will search for Lestat, and the story will most likely repeat itslef. Obviously not in the same way, but he will somewhat experience what Louis went through.<BR/>This is a beautifully written book. Anne Rice is truly a remarkable author. I greatly recommend it.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    For the Love of the [true] Vampires!

    I fell in love with Anne Rice after I read this book. I instantly fell in love with her characters and became so ingrossed in the plot of the vampire chronicles that I had to have all the books at once. For those who wish to banish the dimmed vampires of Twilight from their mind, this book gets back to the roots: blood, lust, and an immortal with a mortal's compassion.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    Chilling, unforgetable, sensuous, a must read thriller

    This book is a beginning to a tantalizing sereies that you will find hard to put down. Do not confuse this with the movie it is so much better and opens the door to the books that follow. If you have never read Ann Rice before, you will want to read more of her after you have read this book. Not your teeny bopper vampire tale.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    A Classic

    Along with Stoker's Dracula, Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire is one of the greatest vampire books of all time. The characters are engaging and complex, and the plot is interesting and original. This is a must read for any vampire lover.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

    Not another stupid love story!

    Far more thrilling and better written,Interview with the vampire knocks Twilight off the shelves.The love in the book is complex, along with it's characters, whether it be the emotional affair between Louis and Lestat or thier daughter claudia's search for acceptance It's easy to get bitten.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

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    Great book!

    Loved the movie, but the book was much better.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2008

    One of the greatest books I have EVER read!

    I highly recommend this book. Great story, plot, easy to connect with the character's emotions, feelings and ideas. It's definitely a book you won't forget. It's also one of those books that you almost have to express your feelings about on certain topics, characters, etc. Very symbolic. You won't be able to put this book down and you will NOT be disappointed. Awesome is the perfect word to describe it, awesome as in inspiring awe.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

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    For Any Vampire Lover

    Next to Dracula, Anne Rice's novels are some of the best vampire books of all time. The characters are complex, the plot is deep and thought provoking, Rice weaved a memorable tale. Many authors have tried to follow her style, but no one has come close to recreating this cult classic novel. Anyone with a lust for the creatures of the night must give Interview With the Vampire a try.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Not what I thought.

    I expected more from this novel. It was well written, the language was indeed beautiful, but the plot itself just droned on. It was too slow paced for my taste. Overall it was fine.

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    A different spin on vampires

    Definetly not your average vampire story. This plot is unique and original as they come. Ann Rice created the best - in my opinion - take on immortality from the vampire point of view. In virtually every other story or movie regarding blood-suckers they always seem to love their affairs and live without any moral or ethical consequences. Interview with the Vampire breaks it down into a depressing look from Louis's perspective. His "fall from grace" makes it much harder than the average vampire to accept death and killing as an ordinary way of life; and he resents his actions for it. It's like every choice he makes is automatically doomed because he knows he can't die and must take life in order to stay alive. Other characters make this an exciting read too. The infamous Lestat, a selfish and dominant vampire, tortures Louis with his complete disregard for human life and unfortunately does not teach Louis anything about eternity of the undead. However, if one is looking for horror scenarios and great suspense, you may be disappointed. This book read mostly as an documentary of the depressed life of a depressed vampire. Filled with dramatic scenes of moral reasoning, Interview with the Vampire still stands out as the most mesmorizing of vampire tales.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Interview with the Vampire

    It was a really good book, am from Costa Rica and I cant find this type of book in here.
    Thanks Barnes and Nobles

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    WOW

    this is my all time fav. vampire series i love it. it is a lot more complicated then twilight and i understand if some twilighters don't like it but this book has actually meaning the characters were well developed the movie was good as well u could watch the movie and know what this book is about but i would deffinatley recomend the book to anyone who loves vampire just anne rice is the queen of vampires nobody can take it away from her not even stephenie meyer

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

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    GREAT!

    I loved this book! Anne Rice is one of the best writers out there! <BR/>My fav person in the book was Lestat! <BR/>5 stars

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

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    Classic Vamp Tale

    This has become a classic vampire novel. The descriptive quality of Anne Rice's words takes you to another time and place and brings the characters to life. Any person that likes vampire novels should add this to their list of must reads.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Yes and no

    I grew up loving the movie interview with the vampire. I just for the first time decided to read the book and i have to say honestly i like the movie better. The book wasn't bad or anything, it was ok. I just think the changes in the story that were made for the movie were better. I'm sorry anne rice. If you saw the movie and liked it i think you should read this book and form your own opinion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Boring

    Gets pretty boring towards the middle. I liked the movie but the book couldn't hold my interest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    Awesome !

    This is better and more intense than the movie. Highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2009

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    UNFORGETTABLE!

    Great Writing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

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    Decent Book

    I first heard about Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles" when I was in fifth grade at which point I went out and bought "Interview With the Vampire". At the time, it was a little to complicated for me to read and I couldn't really grasp it. I just recently picked it up again and read it through and I must say that I am somewhat disappointed. We are introduced to some very interesting characters in Louis and Lestat, but I feel like the book just drags way too much and in a way, insists upon itself. The story itself is good, but not as good as I expected it to be. Perhaps I just expected too much out of it based on the popularity of the series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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