The voluptuous voice of the vampire is back with the audio presentation of Anne Rice's Pandora, the first in her new series of chronicles of the undead. Janet McTeer reads, and her rich sensual sound is just what I would imagine for an ancient, elegant blood drinker. Pandora, the first vampire the magnificent Marius ever bestowed the "dark gift" to, was mentioned by Lestat (hope you don't need remedial vampire history). Here, she comes into her own with the intriguing tale of her mortal life as a young woman in Rome under Augustus Caesar and her later escape to Antioch where begins her multi-millennial adventures. Good history, great fun as we've come to expect from a "Vampirier" by Ms. Rice. Also available unabridged, read by Kate Reading.

Reviewed by Sukey Howard.

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