I'm 30 years old, from the east coast of America, and my favorite books are realistic, but stretch the truth and the laws of physics.
First, this book is so heavily abridged that it's not even worth listening to anymore! The many parts that are deemed unnecessary, for the purpose of editing, are summarized here and there in a very condensed, heavily detailed, and confusing way, and those summaries are read by a man in a voice that sounds like a TV commercial, while the bulk of the story is read by a woman who makes everything sound ridiculously melodramatic and over-acted. She sounds like an actress in a low rent soap opera. The contrast between the two voices and going back and forth between them makes listening an annoying experience, with no potential for maintained immersion in the story. I haven't been able to find an audio rendering of the story that's more than three hours long, so considering the fact that the unabridged version would be MUCH longer than that, maybe we should just stick to the old fashioned way for the witching hour!!
I read this book when it was first published, absolutely loved it and was excited to see it as an audiobook. Like other readers, I neglected to note it was ABRIDGED (hence, the 1-star rating for story). There was so much of the book cut out, I hardly recognized it as the original. This is most definitely a book that needs the entire story told. I would love to see it in an unabridged version and read by another narrator (Joyce Bean, Barbara Rosenblat, Scott Brick).
The book is FABULOUS, but this recording is terrible, it's basically like telling the story to a toddler. It leaves out most of the story and just glosses over the main points. This recording is the equivalent of cliff notes.
What idiot thought it was a good idea to Abridge this classic?! I got so excited when I saw the Book title available on Audible I purchased before I saw "Abridged." So disappointed! Can't even return it because I used my credit! What a waste!
I'm happily married and the mother to three boys ages 12, 9, and 3. Audible comes in very handy, when one does not have much time to read.
I love The Witching Hour. I heard a rumor a while back that there might be a series, but have yet to see it produced. The unabridged just left out too much detail.
Rowan's first sexual moment with Lasher and the moment she has her child and Michael walks in confronting Rowan and Michael.
Yes, but I did not like the narrator too much.
Julian, because he is powerful and seems to know all. Plus he is a delight.
Spooky, interesting story and great description of New Orleans....just great
reminded me of reading the book....I felt like I was THERE
Do not recall.
Family of Witches!
One of my very favorite of Anne Rice's novels.
Lindsay Crouse is phenomenal, and Anne Rice is my favorite author but when they say *abridged*, they mean you get a completely watered down story. This amazing book was chopped into a horrible Readers' Digest diatribe.
Not abridged it
I love her voice characterizations; I hope she does many more
Yes. It is a good book.
The book is really good but the audio book leaves out so much detail.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
I only made it through the first 45 minutes, so perhaps this is not a fair review. I was very uninspired, I truly enjoyed Interview with A Vampire and Lestat; but this...bah, It was mind numbingly bland. Listening to the flat delivery of the read, combined with superficial and shallow writing I just said enough and threw in the towel. Wasted money but lesson learned.
The condensed version of this novel totally ruins a great Anne Rice story. Never a fan of condensed but this one is especially bad.