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....
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This has always been one of my favourite Anne Rice novels, and after being an Audible member for 10 years I'm SO happy that it has finally been released in the unabridged format.
The Lives of the Mayfair Witches does intertwine with the New Tales of the Vampires (Merrick and Blackwood Farm) but the fascinating history that she weaves in this novel can stand alone.
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I especially enjoy the detailed family history when Rowan reads the Talamasca files on the Mayfair family.
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Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.
I bought this because I'm a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, I've always been curious about the Jack the Ripper murders and I really enjoy narrations by Simon Vance so I expected to really enjoy this book I found this to be rather unsatisfying - lots of Holmes clichés ("Elementary, my dear Watson!") thrown in to the point that it got annoying, but with none of the depth of the character that I love.
Without spoiling anything, I found the resolution to be unsatisfying. If you're a hardcore Sherlock Holmes fan or Ripperologist, stay clear but if you want a fast-paced mystery give this a shot.
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Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing, passionate, and thrilling.
This has always been my favourite novel from the Vampire Chronicles series (even though Interview with the Vampire is more popular) but I've always held off downloading it from Audible because it was only available abridged (aka butchered) but when this edition became available I downloaded this, Interview and Queen of the Damned immediately!
I've read the paperback edition of this book many times but Simon Vance narrates very well and captures the cheeky, elegant character of Lestat very well and brings out some subtleties that I've missed before.
This novel stands alone very well if you haven't read the other Anne Rice books since it only makes a few references to Interview with the Vampire.
I hope Audible will release more unabridged Anne Rice books (The Mayfair Witch novels!).
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It is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives at Montefiore, the farm of her father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage makes its way up to the farm. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia, no one can claim innocence for very long. When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a quest, he leaves Bianca under the care of Lucrezia. She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but salvation can be found in the dark forest as well.
I've read several of Gregory Maguire's books - Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Wicked, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men. I enjoy his modern twists on well-known fairy tales and his overall writing styles. He always incorporates elements of the fairy tales and weaves them into a believable and thought-provoking plot.
This book has a nice flow, and I enjoyed it. I would have rated it 4 stars but John McDonough constantly mispronounces "Lucrezia" and "Cesare" and it drove me nuts.
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