Dark dramas of seduction and death are played out as this enticing story reaches its startling climax in New Orleans on Christmas Eve - the ultimate witching hour.
The Witching Hour is Volume 1 of The Mayfair Witches series.
©1990 by Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)1989 by Random House, Inc.
I give this work one star because there is no way you can do this book justice in 3 hours. It was my fault for not checking to see if it was abridged or unabridged before I purchased it. I feel like I've wasted my credits. I will NOT do that again. I'm not sure why Audible wastes time on abridged works anyway.
The Witching Hour is such a great book! I read it years ago and wanted to listen again. THIS AUDIO BOOK IS TERRIBLE. Music at beginning and in other parts is annoying and continues too long.
Partly, it is my fault, because I didn't notice that it was abridged prior to using a credit to buy it. Audible.com should not even have abridged books, but if they do, it should be specifically pointed out prior to members wasting credits on CRAP.
This was such a huge waste - I didn't even bother to finish listening because so much of what I wanted to hear was entirely left out!
If this had been my first purchase, while on trial membership, rather than later, I would have just cancelled my membership entirely. Such a huge disappointment!!!
I should have purchased the unabridged version but I could not find it on this site. Nevertheless I loved it. I just wish that I had heard the full context of the book. There was a different voice everytime a considerable amount of the book was summarized. I have since learned my lesson never to purchase anything unabridged. I am already depriving myself of physically reading it so I might as well get the entire version.
The book itself was great but this audio book download is a waste, I am so angry that I wasted my credit on this book, it leaves out more than half of the story and I feel I was ripped off, don't download it.
Remember that the full book is very large with lots of detail in the backstory. In fact, most of that book comes in the form of Michael reading the Talamasca files on the Mayfair history.
This much shorter version for me was just a quick refresher before I read the second book in the series.
It was ok for this purpose.
Certainly, it shouldn't be used to evaluate what the author's larger works are like.
Switching between the two audio talents was more distracting than helpful.
I wish i would of read the reviews before downloading..i have read this book more than 30 times it one of my all time favorites..how dissapointed i was with the audio..half of the book is gone...I wish i did not waste my credit on this.....
The rating is more on this version offered than on the content of the book.
This version of The Witching Hour is my lesson in always checking whether an audio book is abrdiged or unabrdged. Normally this book is over 1000 pages but this audiobook only took 3 hours to listen to. The story itself was interesting from what I gathered but there was obviously so much more to it that I have now missed. Honestly, I wish that I had not gotten this book. I have read other Anne Rice books and liked them, so there is potential to this series that I have missed out on.
This is the first book that I have read by Anne Rice and it kept me on mhy toes. The plot has alot of twists and turns in it to make you not want to stop it. It is the first out of three books and this one was so good I bought the other two to see what happenes in the story. I would diffently rank this book up there with books that are worth the money that you pay for them. The only thing that I had a small problem with was it was read mostly by a female voice and then out of the blue a male voice starts to read, I jumped the first time I heard the mans voice.
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!!
"A Poor substitute"
Having read the actual book, I found this to be a poor abidged version. Not only is the female author unable to pronouce some of the names (Deirdre, Graeme), there is also a male voice that occassionally interupts the narrative with a 'summary' - this is done to link different sections of the book and is not actually made up of content from the book - the result is a very false e.g. ('Rowan and Michael were immediately attracted to each other' or 'Rowan and Michael had sex all night'.
The gothic of the book is completely lost, instead you get something like a 'Mills and Boon' romance between Michael and Rowan that feels this way because neither's charachterisation is included. Lasher's history is barely developed - you are left completely unable to appreciate the power of the spector at all, and consequenly loose one of the main draws of the book.
I am aware that this is an abidged version, but it is too abidged. This is a large book, whose abidged version needed to be longer in order to build up any of the books themes.
Don't waste your money, I wish I hadn't. I brought this in order to have a summary prior to reading the next book in the stort, Lasher, having not read this first book for a year, but it even failed in that!
"why would you abridge the witching hour???"
Really wish I had read this review before buying. I just got excited by the prospect of having this amazing story read for me and bought without thinking. It wasn't till afterwards that I noticed it was only 3 hours long and thought, huh? Did I realise it was abridged! What a waste of money I will not be listening to it now. Next time I'll be more careful.
I love this book, couldn't wait to have it read to me... it was heartbreakingly disappointing. The best part of the story is the history of the witches, which has been reduced to a brief summary - mon dieu!!! The listener is unable to appreciate the power and nature of the Mayfair Witches, and I'm afraid the reader doesn't do it justice. Really need an ''unabridged'' version for the entire trilogy - preferably read by Simon Vance (he did a wonderful job with the vampire chronicles).
I have to admit I didn't read the fact that this was abridged before I used one of my precious monthly credits on it. I only realised this when a males voice suddenly stepped in and glossed over massive and crucial parts of the book. I was gutted! I felt no attachment to any of the characters. My fault I guess for not reading the 'Abridged' bit before I bought. I have no idea why you would abridge a book in any case but why on earth you would abridge a story which is meant to be devoured and enjoyed over time I have no idea!
First time I've listened to an audio book
I was really impressed with the accents and acting.
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