The Vampire Armand

Version: Abridged
Author: Anne Rice
Narrator: Alfred Molina
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: October 1998
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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In the latest installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring us the story of Armand - eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand, who first appeared in all his dark glory more than twenty years ago in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author worldwide as a magnificent storyteller and creator of magical realms.

Now, we go with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood - a ruined city under Mongol dominion - and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.

As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul.

Reviews (3)

Written by Anonymous on February 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love pretty much everything Anne Rice writes, so my reviews are a little biased. This particular book is much better than its predecessor, Memnoch The Devil (which is my least favorite book in the series). Like all her other books, it's very immersive and you feel like you're in Venice, Italy during the 15th century. It also makes you feel like you're intimately acquainted with its main character, the young vampire Armand. She creates the most amazing characters, deeply and intricately woven, until you can see and feel what they're experiencing. Armand is one of my favorite characters.

Written by Derrick Harris on November 10th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book was ok, but there are better ones in this series.

Vampire Armand

Written by Deborah A on October 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I love Anne Rice and I couldn't even stand to listen to the whole thing. Boring!

Author Details

Author Details

Rice, Anne

Born Howard Allen O'Brien on October 4, 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Named after her father, Anne changed her first name in 1947 on her first day of school. She studied at Texas Women's University (1959Ð60), San Francisco State College (1964 BA; 1971 MA), and at the University of California, Berkeley (1969Ð70). After a variety of jobs, including waitress, cook, and insurance claims examiner, she began her career as a writer of erotica and vampire novels.

Rice gained a vast cult readership for her supernatural novels. Her first, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976. The book was the first in her popular Vampire Chronicles series, which includes 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Interview with the Vampire was made into a film in 1996 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Rice was also known for her sadomasochistic erotica, including Beauty's Punishment (1984). Later novels include Servant of the Bones (1996) and Vittorio the Vampire (1999). She also writes mainstream fiction using the pen name of Anne Rampling.

Much to the chagrin of her fans, Rice renounced her vampire novels after her return to the Catholic faith in 1998. It was then that she published Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, her first novel in a trilogy chronicling the life of Jesus. She has since left New Orleans to live in Southern California in an effort to escape her fame as a novelist and live a simpler life.

Rice was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Their daughter, Michele, was born in 1966 and died of leukemia in 1972 at the age of five. Their son, Christopher, was born in 1978 and is a novelist.