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Memnoch the Devil

Written by: Anne Rice
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
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"Like Interview with the Vampire, Memnoch has a half-maddened, fever-pitch intensity. . . . Narrated by Rice's most cherished character, the vampire Lestat, Memnoch tells a tale as old as Scripture's legends and as modern as today's religious strife."(Rolling Stone)

"Sensual...bold, fast-paced." (USA Today)

"Rice has penned an ambitious close to this long-running series. . . . Fans will no doubt devour this."(The Washington Post Book World )

"[Memnoch] is one of Rice's most intriguing and sympathetic characters to date. . . . Rice ups the ante, taking Lestat where few writers have ventured: into heaven and hell itself. She carries it off in top form."(The Seattle Times)

©2014 Anne Rice; 2010 Random House Audio

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Best of a very good series

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I love the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles. There are a couple of books that are less good, but most are incredibly entertaining and captivating. But Memnoch the Devil stands out among them all. Very exhilarating and almost addictive. I couldn't stop listening. I found myself transported along with Lastat to a world so perfectly described that I could picture it as if being there. The detail and the drama kept me looking for more.

When I finished, I found it so bitter sweet. I wanted to know how it ended, but I didn't want it to stop. It was very sad, because up until Memnoch the devil, each and every book was progressively better than the last. So I was really looking foreword to what came after. But then came "The Vimpire Armand, which in my opinion is the worst book of the series. But fear not, it gets better as the series continues. Merrick was also a great read.

Thank you Anne Rice, I love your work.

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  • Paisley
  • ASHEVILLE, NC, United States
  • 2014-11-13

You'll question everything you ever believed!

What made the experience of listening to Memnoch the Devil the most enjoyable?

I'd been looking forward to getting to this book in the Vampire Chronicles for a long time, and it did not disappoint. It is indeed much more philosophical than many readers might be prepared for, but I was sitting there with rapt attention, jaw hanging open, fully absorbed and fascinated by every word Memnoch had to say! Honestly, this might be the best book I've ever experienced. I'm already listening to it a second time so my boyfriend can experience it. He's the type to roll his eyes over anything involving vampires, so it was a hard sell, but he's just as entrenched in it as I was.

Memnoch delves into the fascinating origins of life as we know it and the evolution of religion on a scale that is difficult to encapsulate in a short review. If you want a true Vampire Story, you really won't find much of one here, but what you will find is a haunting, mesmerizing tale that is unlike anything you've ever heard before.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! I normally listen to my audiobooks while driving, and found I was just so engulfed with this one that driving became difficult. I gobbled it up with lightning speed!

Any additional comments?

Like I and other reviews have said- if you just want a Vampire Story, skip it. If you are a fan of physchologically introspective, philosophically compelling tales or find the subject of theology fascinating (I'm not Christian/religious at all, but find the origins or religion to be a very compelling subject) you must give this a try. Just embrace the story for what it is and you will find yourself questioning everything you ever believed, thought you didn't believe, or were told to believe.

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  • Kellie Ashley
  • Tampa, FL
  • 2017-12-20

Not my cup of tea

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I have read or listened to just about every Anne Rice book--including the two Christ the Lord books--but this is the first book that I actually hated. The storyline that included Dora and Roger was my usual favorite Anne Rice, but the book took a turn to the left when Memnoch entered the picture, and I just couldn't get with where it was going. Oh well, on to the next one...

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  • Christopher
  • Miami, FL USA
  • 2014-08-29

More Philisophical than Vampire Story

Narration: Very well done EXCEPT for the voice of Lestat. The narrator was supposed to inflect a French accent but instead opted for a Transylvanian one.

Overall: The story is fine but could have used a nice editing job by deleting four chapters in the middle. I really did not need to hear for 1 1/2 hours of the "13 levels of evolution"... Really? This is a vampire story., but Rice manages to squeeze in her own opinions of creation and the the purpose of good and evil. I don't mind a good philisophical discussion but not while I think I'm reading a fictional vampire story.

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  • James
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 2015-05-24

To heaven, to hell with it...!

Would you listen to Memnoch the Devil again? Why?

Yes. In another 10 years, when I partially forget the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Memnoch the Devil?

Memnoch's allure lies in it's tantalizing and strange vision of heaven and hell, God and the devil. Is her view of the cosmos correct? Probably not. But, it sure is detailed.

Any additional comments?

Memnoch the Devil is among the most strangley alluring books ever written. Anne Rice gives us a vision of heaven, hell, God and the devil. It's compelling, challenging and so descriptive you almost believe it.

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  • Victor
  • Apple Valley, CA, United States
  • 2019-06-14

Filler, filler and more filler

Dud, Simon Vance made this worth Listing to from start to finish. Some parts were almost interesting but interview was her winner.

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  • Walter
  • 2019-01-11

Long and hard to get through....

I’ve liked Anne Rice’s previous works including the vampire chronicles and the tale of the body thief, but this just wasn’t up to par. The book itself is slow moving and only has a handful of chapters that made it worth while. It was a different take on god and the devil and had its moments. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this tho. Simon Vance was great as always and was a bright spot in this not so good novel.

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  • mmutozee
  • 2018-12-22

Couldn't Finish

I couldn't get into this book? I don't know why. It just seemed slow and dragged on?

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  • Cindy
  • 2018-12-20

Waste of time

The narration was fine.

The story.... complete dud! Not worth your time at all. I have loved this series but this one had no real point and sorry she lost me at him drinking period blood! Seriously! Gross.

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  • Maracapozzi
  • Los Angeles
  • 2018-11-04

Boring

This is not really a vampire story but rather a religious one. I found it repetitive and dull. Rather than listening at the edge of my seat, I zoned out many times, and twice fell asleep. The only reason I did not return it to audible is that I am an Anne Rice fan, and have enjoyed many of her earlier books. After this I’m not sure I’ll try another...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-02-12

Blah, blah, blah

What disappointed you about Memnoch the Devil?

The beginning seemed promising, but then moved on to a seemingly unending series of monologues. As other reviewers have stated, it is much more philosophical than other Anne rice books, which may work for some people, but not what I was anticipating.

What do you think your next listen will be?

One of the next books in the vampire or witches series - hoping for more of a story in the next one!

What three words best describe Simon Vance’s performance?

Inconsistent, but mostly pleasant.
The accent for Lestat was not consistent and so difficult to differentiate from the other male characters. The voice for the woman character made her sound like a child, which male narrators often do for the female characters, I have found.

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