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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

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DON'T ever buy abridged!

What disappointed you about The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos?

The stories don't make sense, they move to quickly and are just terrible overall. I absolutely love Anne Rice but this was awful.

What could Anne Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing. It was abridged, I should have known better.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrators were fine.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Danielle
  • Coeur d'Alene, ID, United States
  • 01-22-14

Abridged Leaves a lot out

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends on the friend - if they enjoy simple quick reads then yes. Friends who like the details and a meatier book - no

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Yes the narrators did well but I thought the guy in abridged parts was little dull

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or the narrators?

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Beware, It's an abridged version!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

There may be a market for abridged books, but I personally do not get the appeal.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

One can glimpse the powerful writing style and the interesting story that is behind this unfortunate version.

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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DO NOT BUY!!!

The Mayfair Chronicles are exciting and terrifying because of the DETAILS. This crappy abridgment skips everything that makes the stories wonderful and instead gives you the bare bones of the outline. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad product.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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At the time this was the only way to get them

What disappointed you about The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos?

These were abridged versions of the books.

What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

Most of the stories were missing.

What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

It did not include the story.

What character would you cut from The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos?

The weak female taltos.

Any additional comments?

I wish there were a way to get this purchase out of my audible library... like a delete forever button.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Don't buy! It's abridged and very confusing.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

What could Anne Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Anne rice is great but this book is abridged and done poorly.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Cliff Notes version. don't bother! Read the book

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

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  • Amy
  • ELGIN, IL, United States
  • 12-22-13

A hot Mess!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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!

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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books out of place

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was satisfying

Was Anne Rice Value Collection worth the listening time?

It was worth listening to I had to relisten to Lasher after the witching hour

Any additional comments?

I really liked the performance of the narrator

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • hannah davey
  • 11-28-17

my first audio book

this was my first experience of audio books I've actually read the 3 books about 20 years ago and was looking forward to hearing them. the first one had a rather boring narrator and half the book was missing like the best parts of the book I was gutted. the other 2 books were better read by both narrator's but again major parts were missing. I'm quite disappointed and wonder if all audio books are missing out major parts of the storyline now??

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  • ramsychic
  • 07-16-17

As amazing as I remembered

Having read these books as paperbacks over twenty years ago , it was with pleasure that I had them read to me with such passion. Tim Curry's performance was the standout for me though all were very good.The use of music enhanced the collection. Though the first book is lengthy I found the story of 13 generations of witches well written and addictive. The sequels not as strong perhaps but interesting nevertheless. An enjoyable way to spend relaxation time minus the eye strain , Thankyou

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  • Kristy
  • 12-19-16

Accents :/

The narrator of Lasher was cringeworthy. The only thing that got me through was Anne Rices exquisite story telling. Tim Curry should narrate all of her books