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Anne Rice Value Collection: The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Anne Rice

Narrated By: Tim Curry, Joe Morton, Lindsay Crouse

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Find here the original trilogy from Anne Rice's bestselling series about the lives of Mayfair witches...


The Witching Hour
Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches--a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women...

Lasher
At the center of this novel: 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, moving around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds...

Taltos
Ashlar is the last of his race--or so he thinks. When he 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. 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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  • Sharmeen Baird

    This Trio of the Witching Hour, Lasher and Taltos was amazing! Each of the narrators brought the characters to life, the history of the Mayfair witches and the history of the Taltos it was beyond riveting to say the very least. I read these books on my own years ago but this was so much more of a treat than I would have ever imagined. Anne Rice herself brought the house Mayfair house to life creating a living and breathing entity of it. Her descriptions alone were so much more any description I have ever come across I knew instantly this house truly existed and it does it is her house in New Orleans. Rice and the narrators reinforce that the house is as much of an important character in the story as Rowan, Lasher, and all other characters in each of the 3 books. My favorite had always been the Witching Hour but Lasher and Taltos blew me out of the water! Tim Curry and Joe Morton were amazing in their read of each character and thoroughly kept me on my toes when listening. Their narrations tickled not only my senses but encouraged a deep love of each of these characters. I know anyone loving Anne Rice's books will enjoy these three books for many years to come!

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  • Kassian Chavez

    It seems weird that an unabridged version of the book would start on chapter 3 rather than chapter 1.

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  • Anonymous

    I wish I had trusted my instincts and saved myself a credit. What a waste. I wanted something easy to listen to and although I enjoyed reading this trilogy twice about two decades ago, it does not translate well to audio. However, perhaps that is the fault of the narrators. All three sound overly dramatic, the male narration in the first book seems unnecessary and interruptive and would have been better if performed by the same female, and the musical bits are annoying. The narration was created in 2002 - maybe it is just outdated.

  • Michelle Matlock

    Always loved Anne Rice works. Always will. Rice is a genius. Don't care for Tim Curry's version of a New Orleans accent. Otherwise, he is still my favorite Narrator in this collection.