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...
©1993, 1995, 1996 Anne Rice; ©1994 Random House Audio
The stories don't make sense, they move to quickly and are just terrible overall. I absolutely love Anne Rice but this was awful.
Nothing. It was abridged, I should have known better.
The narrators were fine.
Depends on the friend - if they enjoy simple quick reads then yes. Friends who like the details and a meatier book - no
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
Yes the narrators did well but I thought the guy in abridged parts was little dull
they fixed it!
Why on earth is Lasher the first story in this collection? The Witching Hour should be the first story, Lasher is a followup to the Witching Hour. I fail to understand why the order was chosen.
I had to listen to certain parts more than once the first two books were out of place the witching hour should have been the first book it starts the three books.
The ending was satisfying
It was worth listening to I had to relisten to Lasher after the witching hour
I really liked the performance of the narrator
There may be a market for abridged books, but I personally do not get the appeal.
I disliked all the characters, not sure if it is because of the narration or the loss in characterization due to the abridgement, but I could not relate to them or understand their motivations half the time.
I absolutly hated the narrations, in my opinion they get in the way of the good writing and misrepresent the emotion I imagine the characters are having way too many times. The lady narrator in the first story is not as bad, but here too the general tone of the narrating feels wrong to me. I wonder if Anne Rice would like it.
One can glimpse the powerful writing style and the interesting story that is behind this unfortunate version.
I did not realize these were abridged versions when I bought the collection, and have been wondering how Anne Rice could have written a book like this one all the time I have been listening LOL I had been forcing myself to listen to it until the end but now I've realized it is abridged there's no point for me in continuing.
Anne rice is great but this book is abridged and done poorly.
I read the witching hour many years ago and loved the thick richness of the story. Very detailed with lots of character development with entangled storyline.
This audio was a narrative in many areas. That was Very disappointing.
Lasher & Taltos were just silly in the audio version. Too bad
Absolute disappointment! And I'm a little mad at how theses books were packaged and bridged. The Witching Hour is the first book but for some reason it's packaged here in the recordings as second! So you start off with the audio-cast already lost.
Also the way the books are bridged, or shortened, is a serious wrongdoing to the story and author. The part that is most important-family history-is bridged and frankly rushed thru like your at a fast-food drive thru!
The ONLY reason why I continued to listen to this massacre of a production was to get to Tim Curry's performance (a master of voice and character invocation - the Lon Chaney of our time). I give the performance 5 stars for Tim and ONLY Tim Curry. Joe Morton is a 3.5 and Lindsay...we'll she is just annoying.
If you are interested in this book series, then just read the books. This 'packaging' is an otiosity.
condensing these books took away the intrigue, Majesty,and depth of all characters. the performances had a bit too much fervor at times making it a difficult listen occasionally. toward the end of book 3 accents and inflections got mottled. great stories poorly presented.
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