The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos

  • by Anne Rice
  • Narrated by Lindsay Crouse, Joe Morton, Tim Curry
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You'll love this collection of three Anne Rice favorites at a bargain price.
The Witching Hour: Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real a family of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, to murder and philosophy, a family that is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous and seductive being.
Lasher: Now, Anne Rice brings us again - even more magically - into the midst of the dynasty of witches she introduced in The Witching Hour.
At the center of Lasher: the brilliant and beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, and Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible and from whose evil spell and vision she must now flee. She takes with her their terrifying and exquisite child, one of "a brood of children born knowing, able to stand and talk on the first day."
Rowan's attempt to escape Lasher and his pursuit of her and their child are at the heart of this extraordinary saga. It is a novel that moves around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds. Its many voices - of women, of men, of demons and angels, present and past - haunt and enchant us. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic story of occult and spiritual aspirations and passion.
Taltos: What can I confess? I'm Ashlar. I'm a Taltos.
When Ashlar learns that another Taltos has been seen, he is suddenly propelled into the haunting world of the Mayfair family, the New Orleans dynasty of witches forever besieged by ghosts, spirits, and their own dizzying powers. For Ashlar knows this powerful clan is intimately linked to the heritage of the Taltos. In a swirling universe filled with death and life, corruption and innocence, this mesmerizing novel takes us on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization half-human, of wholly mysterious origin, at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt. It is an enchanted, hypnotic world that could only come from the imagination of Anne Rice...


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Customer Reviews

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DON'T ever buy abridged!

What disappointed you about The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos?

The stories don't make sense, they move to quickly and are just terrible overall. I absolutely love Anne Rice but this was awful.

What could Anne Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing. It was abridged, I should have known better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrators were fine.

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- Lady Bird "Jo"

Abridged Leaves a lot out

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends on the friend - if they enjoy simple quick reads then yes. Friends who like the details and a meatier book - no

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

First the books are out of order - Mayfair Witches is the first book. Second I'm currently reading the kindle version of the Mayfair Witches and the abridged parts leave out way too much for my comfort. I feel like it changes the story a bit too much, while you get the general gist you're missing a lot of the good stuff - it the movies version

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Yes the narrators did well but I thought the guy in abridged parts was little dull

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- Danielle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio