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Of Love and Evil (Songs of the Seraphim) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Nov 2010

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (30 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739316133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739316139
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 15.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,327,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ghosts and angels aside, "Of Love and Evil" transcends the metaphysical thriller label through its grounding in historical fact...[Toby's] sense of wonder proves infectious for the reader as well...[Rice] not only explores a battle against evil, but asks what it means to be evil and who gets to define it. Above all, "Of Love and Evil "is simply good entertainment."
"--"Carmela Ciuraru, "The Boston Globe
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"Rice tells a good story, nicely balancing the profound and the profane."
"--"Judith Chettle, " Richmond Times-Dispatch
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"Rice knows how to tell a story, and this one's a lot of fun. . . Rice's knock-your-socks-off cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that this series has wings."
--"People "magazine (31/2 stars out of 4)
"Rice is remarkable in her ability to breathe life into another place, another time."
--"The Associated Press"
"Present, as always, is the author's ability to craft dreamlike prose to lull readers into believing every he

"Intoxicating. . . . Rice remains at the height of her talent." --"Associated Press "
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"Rice knows how to tell a story, and this one's a lot of fun. . . . [Her] knock-your-socks-off cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that this series has wings." --"People"
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"A fleet and nuanced theological ghost story." --"The New York Times "

"Transcends the metaphysical thriller label through its grounding in historical fact. . . . Simply good entertainment." --"The Boston Globe "
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"A breath of fresh air. . . . By page two, readers are willing to follow Rice anywhere." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune "

"Songs of the Seraphim . . . qualifies [Rice] as one of America's most dependably surprising storytellers. . . . An absolute bull's eye." --"Kirkus Reviews "

"Amazing. . . . The Songs of the Seraphim series . . . carries all the heart and urgency of [Rice's] most popular books." --Bookreporter.com

"Anne Rice at her best. . . . Entertaining." --"Midwest Book Review"

"Filled with superb storytelling, vivid imagery and eloquent, thought-provoking conversation." --"The Post and Courier "(Charleston, VA) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

Anne Rice's magnificent Songs of the Seraphim continues with her lyrical and haunting new novel of angels and assassins set in dark and dangerous worlds -- in our time and the fifteenth century's high Italian Renaissance. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Anne Rice gently moves the reader from her usually supernatural prose into the domain of Questions about Life. She does this in the most fascinating and enthralling way. It keeps you hooked until the very end, while at the same time, should the reader make that choice shows you that there is a second chance for all of us out there. Excellent blend of fascinating fiction with a message.
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I was expecting the usual originality which is the trade mark of Anne Rice books, but she decided to go along with a very easy story plot., In which you figure out what the characters are going to do straight a\way. Even you 'know' who the 'troubled ghost' is from the very beginning of the book. The 4 starts review that other readers gave to the book is underserved.
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Second volume of a series that might be long. It is a short turning point novel because here the main hero Toby O'Dare starts with re-finding his family, his abandoned girl friend and his son.

Then he goes on a mission in Rome to save a Jewish doctor and his patient from the claws of the brother of this patient.

We discover the deep mistreatment of Jews in Italy under Girolamo Savonarola in Florence particularly but also in Rome at the beginning of the 16th century.

The story is simple. It reveals the anti-Jewish practices of the Catholics at the time. But that's not after all the main spring of this novel. It is a turning point because at the end he cleans up his past as a hit man but he is followed by a young man who has a very personal and direct question to ask him. And that is his dilemma because he has just confessed and promised never to be a hit man at all or even kill anyone under any circumstances and here is a the son of one victim.

The novel then is waiting for the next volume, and this one being kind of small, maybe an extension would have been a good thing. We'll have to wait. But the novel is also a turning point because the last part seems to be a development that was not planned at the beginning, or there is a mistake in the writing. When Toby writes, and we assume he is the writer because he tells us so and the novel is in the first person: "Instead I typed a brief and concise account of all that had happened to me since my last "report." "I wrote down not only the story of my adventure in Rome, but also the story of my meeting with Liona and Toby, and what had taken place." (p.158)

We wonder then who wrote what we have just read.
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Having read Angel Time and enjoyed it, purchasing Of Love and Evil was the obvious next step. Another short and sweet chapter in Toby's life, we see his relationship with his ex rekindle and that with his son begin to bloom. His second mission is as short and simple as the first but never-the-less a good read. I would say that again this is Anne Rice simmered down a bit but still very enjoyable,
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Format: Hardcover
I was keen to read this sequel as I was hooked on Song of the Seraph, the first story. It was as good as the first and now I await the next with great anticipation. It is a good complex story and gives food for thought about religeous beliefs. On one hand,even if you don't believe in God it is a good story. If you do believe, it helps to reinforce or challenge that belief. It is extremely well written and gives you backgrounds to the characters as well as the sights and smells of the places you are taken too, whilst not loosing sight of the storyline. You become engrossed from the first page and when it's finished you want more. I loved it.
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.. of Anne and her beautifully written tales of the mysterios and other-worldly realms
I liked cause i like her writing in genereal, although not as good as the Vamoire Chronicles, a good read anyhow .)
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Format: Kindle Edition
Fool me twice shame on me. Anne Rice owes me 10 pounds and the reading population an apology, and what makes it worse is that it is my own damn fault for buying this saccharine trash... ugh... my brain needs a bath!
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Obviously written when Anne was going through her born again stage. A bit slow, and I might have missed the preceding one as there was a lot alluded to of a previous life
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