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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  17,246 ratings  ·  539 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
Paperback, 289 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Distribooks (first published 1997)
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Mar 29, 2007 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 ...more
Oct 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
Several years ago, I bought it with more than 70& discount. I still wish I could get my money back. haha.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
April Simmons
Jul 19, 2007 rated it did not like it
Most boring book I've ever read. I'd recommend vcr manuals over this.
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 04, 2007 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
Alexis Chateau
Oct 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
J. Stone
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bill Tucker
May 03, 2010 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.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
As usual I am amazed at Anne Rice's writing style. It's like being under an enchantment when I read her work! Such a spellbinding tale of misery, mourning, hope, renewal and above all, music.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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?
Mar 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Stopped at a 100 pages.
I think that counts as trying.

Anne Rice has AMAZING other books that I will continue to explore.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tedious, boring, depressing - pick one or more.
Wendy Reiersen
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Shayna Ross
Nov 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.

Cienna Lyon
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've waited a long time to give this book a proper review. To start with, I wish that there was some rating less than one star. This book was absolutely abhorred. I read many of the reviews by other readers to try and gather my thoughts on this. The characters were utterly undeveloped and shallow. This fat middle aged woman is disgustingly rich and keeps getting richer the entire book and yet thinks nothing of it. I'm fairly certain that Anne Rice culturally appropriates and misrepresents ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Apr 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 09, 2010 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 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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