Tale of the Body Thief

Version: Abridged
Author: Anne Rice
Narrator: Richard E. Grant
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: May 2004
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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In another feat of hypnotic storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now classic Interview with the Vampire and continued with The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned.

Lestat speaks.  Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals.  For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone.  And suddenly all his vampire rationale--everything he has come to believe and feel safe with--is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence.

The Tale of the Body Thief is told with the unique--and mesmerizing--passion, power, color, and invention that distinguish the novels of Anne Rice.

Reviews (7)

Written by Anonymous on October 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

good listening, very descriptive

Written by Tiago Monsani on January 5th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narrator did a great job!

Written by Alex Fenner on June 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing copy of the book, the narrator did a amazing Job

Written by Diana Ferreira on August 6th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was my least favorite of the Vampire Chronicles series so far. I did not like that it was an abridged version, but I could not find an unabridged version. I felt like I could really tell when parts were cut out and the story seemed very disjointed at times because of that. The narrator over acted a bit too much; I much prefer the narrator of the previous three books. Especially when he did Louis' voice, it was almost ridiculous. It might just be personal preference, but I hated the way he made Louis sound, which further hindered my enjoyment of the story. At least it was short and easy to get through.


Written by larry from Stevensville, MD on March 25th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

better then I thought it would be. A nice in between, short Lestat story. Narrator is great.


Written by Anonymous on June 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This has to be the abridged version but it doesn't say it any where if you are a fan you will notice some of the best parts left out. Example; they cut out the part with Marius. Skip it. Read the book it's better.

Tale of the Body Thief

Written by Lisa Hallsted on December 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book moves along fast so you must pay attention. I thought it was good, short and to the point.

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.