In the grand manner of INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, Anne Rice's new novel moves across time and the continents, from nineteenth-century Vienna to a St. Charles Greek Revival mansion in present-day New orleans to the dazzling capitals of the modern-day world, telling a story of twwo charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate committment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.
At the novel's center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana-who once ddreamed of becoming a great musician-and the demonic fiddler Stefan, tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat, who begins to prey upon her, using his magic violin first to enchant, then to dominate and draw her into a state of madness through the music she loves.
But Triana understands the power of the music perhaps even more than does Stefan-and she setd out to resist Stefan and to fight not only for her sanity but for her life. The struggle draws them both into a terrifying supernatural realm where they find themselves surrounded by memories, by horrors, and by overwhelming truths. Battling desperately, they are at last propeled towards the novels' astonishing and unforgettable climax.
A HAUNTING DEVILISH TALE..WONDERFUL WORK BY ANNE RICE WITH DRAMATIC EMOTIONS RECOMENDED TO ALL...
a suspenseful read that takes you through time, place and mind.
Loved this book
An Anne Rice novel I couldn't get into. It's about a ghost that haunts a woman after the death of her husband from AIDS.
This was a slow read and an uninteresting story.
I like most of Anne Rice's books...but I did not like this one.
Haunting and heartbreaking. From the first to last page it was as if I could hear the music play, and feel the raw emotion packed into these pages. By far one of my favorites of Anne Rice and one I keep so that I can read it again.
I'll never forget hearing the music of this novel running through my head as I read. Mesmerizing.
This is one of the rare instances where I think the abridgement is better than the full version of a book. It is one of Rice's books that is not part of her witches or vampire series. It is dark and intriguing.
This book was kind of weird. Pretty good though. Read it so long ago I can't remember much about the story but I remember thinking it was really odd and entertaining enough.
The book ('Violin' by Anne Rice) is set in numerous places, including Vienna, New Orleans (which is typical of Rice's novels) and Rio de Janeiro. The novel tells the story of three people: a young woman yearning to become a musician, a ghostly violinist (hence the title), and the ghost of Beethoven.
The amazing amount of history that you learn in one of Anne Rice's books is wonderful. She is a master of details that make a book and it's setting come alive. This story is great.
While I must say I am a big fan of this author I am disappointed to say that in all the thousands of books I have read this is the worst by far, not just from this author but of anything I have ever read. There is no plot. There are no characters that are enjoyable or likeable. There isn't even a storyline here to follow. No moral, no point, no anything. This is a horrible book and I strongly recommend that if your reading this, don't read the book.
Even though I like Anne Rice's other works, I couldn't get into this one at all.
This is a seemingly semi auto-biographical journey for the author through pain, death, loss, love, and redemption. The author's emotions are very close to the surface.
Really scary Really scary....But a great listen. You gotta listen to this one..............
Although it is an abridged audio book I enjoyed listening to it
Not her best, but interesting. Enjoyable and passionate
This book is an excellent example of Anne Rice's writing. It's a beautiful story!
Excellent and frightening tale,a great read for a stormy night!
I did not like this book. Perhaps it is my mood, but I found the perspective of the ghost very annoying. After 28 pages I gave it up.
I should also mention this is the first Anne Rice book I attempted to read and somewhat surprised that I had this reaction to it.
This Anne Rice book is very good and hard to put down.
A great ghost story. An emotionally wounded woman is approached by a ghost and haunted perhaps because of her emotional instability. Interesting.
May be a bit disturbing to some, but worth reading for the beauty of the writing.
Even though this book is not one of Rice's famous vampire stories, it's still as elegantly written and just as haunting in a heartbroken way. This novel will appeal even to those who are not fans of the supernatural because of the compelling human angst aspect of the story.
The typical Anne Rice book. A little too wierd for my prefrence.
"The tale of a devilishly haunting Stradivarius.......her best work since 1990's "The Witching Hour"." - The Dallas Morning News
Never could quite get into this Anne Rice novel.
I lOVE Anne Rice but I just couldn't get into this one
"AN ABSORBING NOVEL THAT TAKES THE READER ON A SUSPENSEFUL JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, PLACE, AND MIND....
The instrument of the title belongs to a ghost, the brooding 19th century aristocrat Stefan, who ventures to 20th century New Orleans to brew up mischief and seek release from his torment. Told from the point of view of Triana, the humane woman drawn into Stefan's nefarious plot, the tale charts two lives touched by tragedy and alienation...A rich, detailed literary symphony."
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Absolutely, Positively LOVE this book! A book of love, loss, spirits, and music, a masterpiece.
I WAS BORN IN NEW ORLEANS AND LIVED THERE FOR MANY YEARS. THE PLACES THAT ANN RICE AND ALSO SHERRILYN KENYON'S DARK HUNTERS WRITE ABOUT, I HAVE SEEN AND BEEN THERE. SO YOU GET NOT ONLY VAMPIRES, GHOSTS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT "WEREWOLVES - BAYOU HISTORY" , THE HISTORY OF THE REAL NEW ORLEANS. THESE AUTHORS ARE BOTH THE BEST WHEN IT COMES TO MY HOME TOWN, THE PLACE OF MY HEART. READ AND ENJOY, I DID. FOR THE RECORD, THEY STILL DO PRACTICE "VOO DOO" IN AND AROUND NEW ORLEANS. BELIEVE THAT ALSO.
Actually, I've never read this book.
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