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3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  16,115 Ratings  ·  499 Reviews
Anne Rice's Violin tells the story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation.
At the novel's center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana, and the demonic fiddler Stefan, a tormented ghost who begins to prey upon her, using his magic violin to draw her into a state of madness. But Tri
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Published October 11th 1997 by Random House Audio (first published 1997)
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Mar 29, 2007 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Crap, crap, crap. Quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. Take all of Anne Rice's worst traits as a writer--her self-indulgence, how long-winded and overly detailed she can be, her narcissism--all of it comes full circle to create this piece of crap book. I think it's her fantasy come to life, which is why it's so bloody terrible. The one and only good part of this book is when she tells the story of the violinist. Rice is at her best recounting history; she does her research and truly lov ...more
Oct 28, 2007 arthael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago, I bought it with more than 70& discount. I still wish I could get my money back. haha.
April Simmons
Jul 19, 2007 April Simmons rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most boring book I've ever read. I'd recommend vcr manuals over this.
Jan 27, 2010 Melanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Considering the level of all Anne Rice's books that I have already read, this one was a complete let down. Perhaps I was expecting something different, as sexy as the books from her vampires series. How upset I was when I found that this book actually tells the story of a woman in such a depression level that it get actually annoying. Amidst her sorrow, this woman meets the ghost of a violinist.

You hopefully suppose that the story is going to improve now that the woman met the subject of the boo
Sep 04, 2007 Dottie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
My daughters, one perhaps more than the other, urged Anne Rice and her works on me and I resisted. But when this book was out, it pulled me -- the cover art snagged me, the talk about it, whatever it was -- I bought it and then gave it to the daughter. Years afterward, I sought out a copy and read it and found myself drowning in one of those books which sweep the reader under and into the current before they know what's happening -- and just as suddenly the reader finds themselves coming up for ...more
Mar 04, 2010 Fiona rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly the worst waste of time a book has ever been. Hours of my precious life were wasted reading about a fat middle-aged woman sobbing and snotting over a ghost and the violin she stole from him. Pointless, meaningless, frustrating and boring. Goodness only knows how I found the determination to finish it.
Mar 21, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently on a mission to read Anne Rice's entire body of work, and I've been doing so for a couple months. I worked through the Vampire books first, then the Mayfair witches, and moved on to her erotic novels (the Sleeping Beauty books, Exit to Eden). After that came the singletons: Cry to Heaven, Servant of the Bones, Ramses the Damned, etc. I'm sure there's more, this is just off the top of my head. The last ones I read were the two books written in first person about the life of Jesus Ch ...more
Alexis Chateau
Oct 13, 2012 Alexis Chateau rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite literally the WORST BOOK I'VE EVER READ; evoking the great discomfort that is felt when one stumbles upon the private diary of a twisted, manic-depreasive old woman who is as conceited as she is insecure.

I hated all the emotional ramblings and the unnecessarily detailed and repetitive intrusion into people's lives while they took a sh!t and discarded their period blood. It was just too much, and pointlessly so. I learned nothing and I felt nothing but a distinct hatred for Triana a
Maria  (Mhemnoch)
Sep 02, 2013 Maria (Mhemnoch) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Me ha encantado en este libro la capacidad de Rice de sacarte sentimientos, sensaciones....
No es una historia típica que tenga principio, trama y final.
Al principio puede liar un poco, por la falta de costumbre, y no saber si se está en la realidad o en los sueños o visiones y no siguen un orden cronológico los acontecimientos, cosa que ya se avisa al principio del texto.
En muchas ocasiones turbador. Hay veces que he cerrados sus páginas sintiendo un poco de agobio o ansiedad. En
Apr 13, 2010 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
seriously? If I want to be that depressed I will think of dying babies and poke myself in the eye. I really tried to like this. I just could not get past the florid sweeps of melancholy, and all the blah blah blah. Save this for therapy Anne.
Sep 15, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who reads as much as I do people are often surprised at how I haven't read many 'Classics' nor big popular authors-This is an example of that. Anne Rice is well known, If you have read her stuff or not you know her name or have had a conversation about her at some point. I have a great friend who is an Anne Rice lover to the core and she kept telling me 'You have got to read some of her stuff'', 'I really think you would like Anne Rice, Pick up one of her books' and so on. My 'To Read ...more
Bill Tucker
May 03, 2010 Bill Tucker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked Anne Rice. She throws in just the kind of details into her stories that get me interested from the very beginning. Violin is a stand-alone tale, and a good one at that. The soul of this story is music...its heart is the fulcrum between despair and hope. Not sure what I mean by that? Sit back and let her explain it all.
Just a short revue. A poorly done Mary Sue. Whatever happened to the author that wrote Interview With the Vampire and A Cry to Heaven?
A partial autobiography disguised as a "horror" novel, Violin is a daunting tale about a 54 year old widow named Triana Becker who constantly delves into her maddened depression over the death of her loved ones. She is driven into even deeper despair when the ghost of a handsome Russian violinist named Stefan Stefanovsky, a virtuoso at his art, comes to her with haunting music played on his precious Stradivarius.
Although Anne Rice does a pretty decent job at making the narration musical in rhyth
Shayna Ross
Nov 07, 2016 Shayna Ross rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropped
I didn't finish this book, it's just too weird for me to handle right now.

Seriously, it was just all sorts of messed up.

J. Stone
Mar 14, 2017 J. Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could never put into words what this book means to me. A game changer indeed. VIOLIN rightfully deserves more than one visit, deserves my precious time again and again! Why have I only read it now is beyond me, but it has been a real treat.

Engrossing prose and an experimental narrative. Characters deeply connected to pain and desire. The exact kind of book I literally ENJOY reading probably because nobody understands it. But I do. Not a book for the basic reader. Not a book for people who enjo
Feb 27, 2011 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne Rice fans
I've tried to read this book before and for some reason failed. I'm not sure if it was the strange and slow start or the dumpy heroine. I'm so used to Anne Rice only writing about beautiful people; perfection themselves. I think the tone in which she described Triana was off-putting, and perhaps that was the point. Anyway, it took me another try years later to give it a go.

The beginning of the story I loved. It was sad but beautifully written, as always is the case with Anne Rice. She can descri
Alissa Bach
Nov 08, 2010 Alissa Bach rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gothic
I have to agree with a lot of the other reviewers: This book was boring!

Here we have Triana, a middle-aged, death-obsessed (possibly insane?) woman who is in the depths of despair over her husband's recent death. So much so that her disgustingly morbid state depression attracts the nasty spirit of musician Stefan--like flies to manure. Stefan, who died rather violently, appears to drive Triana even more insane. Why, I'm not entirely sure... Perhaps because he's angry at his father (how Freudian
Aug 05, 2009 Mazel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Le récit démarre, qui l'eut cru dans le cadre de la Nouvelle-Orléan, ville pour laquelle l'auteur doit avoir une affection particulière.
Une femme, Triana, vient de perdre son mari, et oscille entre folie et raison.

A ce moment, un spectre violoniste commence un morceau avec une interpétation extrêmement brillante.

Triana (grande mélomane soit dit en passant) se sent envoutée par cette musique qui traduit si bien les sentiments qu'elle peut ressentir.
S'entame alors une lutte entre elle et le fantôm
I thought there were some brilliant sections, the flashback section where Anne Rice always, always shines is mesmerizing, but the rest of the book was plagued with stilted, long-winded conversations, and characters too greedy--and dramatically and selfishly guilt ridden-- for the reader to feel much empathy for. The same points are hit again and again almost verbatim throughout the novel. The ending was also forced and abrupt, everything wrapped up like a neat bow within 10 pages and very little ...more
Christine Raymond
Stuck with me...

I must admit this story has haunted me a bit over the years. I was sucked into the pulsating rage of depression like an undertow the first time I read it, (which is is not so surprising since I was 17 when it came out, teenage angst galore). I was dealing with some pretty large, life-altering events at that time, which is probably why this struck a chord.

I admit to not wanting to read it again for fear of spoiling the effect/memory of that first reading. As with most of Anne Rice
Tama Wise
No one really seemed to like this book and I can see why. It's probably a little unfortunate that Anne Rice's pinnacle is her vampire novels. It's rather easy to see this book as having all the elements of the vampire novels, but nothing of the charm and spice.

It felt long and laggy in spots, and poorly edited in others. I could stand the lengthy and indulgent wandering around the world parts of the novel too, thats almost another Rice staple. But the characters didnt grab me like the vampires d
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La primer mitad del libro peca de depresiva-opresiva, pero es la mejor sin lugar a dudas. Tal vez sea porque tengo cierta empatía con el estilo de la autora, pero decididamente logra transmitir todo ese dolor desgarrador. Esto es una búsqueda deliberada (y efectiva) que no muchos lectores comprenden, y abandonan el libro por denso y depresivo. Lo es, pero a propósito.
A partir del cambio, lamentablemente, la narración pierde consis
Apr 25, 2012 Lilli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was exciting and a page turner. I like how Anne Rice's characters develop themselves through their interactions with the others in the book. Also, I applaud her for her characters not being teenagers. And there's a ghost! I was loving this book, but was really dissapointed. I get it that she had family members that died. I've lost close people in my life, so I know how it's easy to constantly dwell on them, but get on with it! It was extremely repetitive and I kept reading to hopef ...more
Jul 09, 2010 Ali rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Now I will read just about anything that seems mildly interesting and I love (or used to love) Anne Rice, but I never made it through this book. It is very rare that I don't finish a book, but this one just held no interest for me. How could I possibly be interested in the author as the main character? It was probably vaguely entertaining when she finally got to the violinist, but it just took too long. Now, if like Stephen King, she had actually just come out and said she was the main character ...more
Adrienne G.
Jun 23, 2015 Adrienne G. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly couldn't finish it. I tried to read it, but I found the plot so meandering-- is she losing her mind? Is he really there? -- that I couldn't concentrate on the things that make Anne Rice good-- the descriptions and understandings of New Orleans and people and how they interact. Not a great book about music either-- if you know anything about composers, her characterizations are rather hollow. The protagonist seemed self-involved with very little character and it was a cheap plot point ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Adara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As someone who generally enjoys Anne Rice stories, I bought this book on a whim expecting to be blown away. I was metaphorically blown away the same way I imagine the people of Hiroshima were tragically blown away in 1945. It's that bad. It was boring, depressing, and it reads like a middle-aged woman's creepy fantasy fan fiction at times.

There were times when I wondered if this is the same Anne Rice who wrote Interview with the Vampire because that Anne Rice could surely never write such a cra
Oct 02, 2010 Clare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I had never read an Anne Rice novel, and since someone gave me this book to read, I'd thought I'd give it a try. Well, as you can see by my rating, I did not think much of this story. The writing style was disjointed, I did not like the main characters, character development was negligible and there was too much left unexplained about the characters' lives. Why did Triana marry Karl? Where has Faye been for all this time? What was the deal with Lily possibly being reincarnated in Rio? And lastly ...more
Wendy Reiersen
Jun 05, 2009 Wendy Reiersen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mostly musicians, or wannabes
Shelves: fiction
This book called to me from the library shelf when I was learning to play the violin, something that I always wanted to do. I related to the main character's longing for the music, and more specifically, to be able to produce the music. I was just discovering the connection between playing the violin, and the musician's mood. It is amazing, but if I'm anxious (not necessarily about playing - I could be practicing with no audience at all) or in a bad mood, I can't play the violin at all. Anyway, ...more
Sep 27, 2009 Evelyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book was so stupid - a crazy self absorbed widow, a whiny, post adolescent ghost, nonsensical references to classical music, ridiculously convenient plot twists... i only finished it cuz i'm a huge fan of Anne Rice and kept hoping it would get better (it didn't). when i finally got to the end i was so ticked at the complete waste of time this book was that if Ms. Rice had been sitting beside me i would have whacked her HARD with it.

i think i paid $2 for this book and i STILL want my money b
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
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