Lives of the Mayfair Witches [abridged]

7 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 1,006 ratings

The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos Publisher's Summary

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...

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  • Book 1-3

    • The Witching Hour, Lasher, Taltos

    • Anne Rice Value Collection
    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Morton, Tim Curry
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 242

    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. Taltos: What can I confess? I'm Ashlar. I'm a Taltos.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • DON'T ever buy abridged!

    • By Lady Bird on 09-08-14

    Regular price: $20.93

  • Book 1

    • The Witching Hour

    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Lindsay Crouse
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 183
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 184

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The Witching Hour

    • By Verna on 01-05-09

    Regular price: $13.27

  • Book 2

    • Lasher

    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Joe Morton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 74

    The brilliant and beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, must flee from the evil spell and vision of Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible. 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."

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • only half the book

    • By livlaughluv4everr on 03-15-11
    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Joe Morton
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 10-17-00
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 178 ratings

    Regular price: $19.93

  • Book 3

    • Taltos

    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Tim Curry
    • Length: 4 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    The legend-building storytelling power that has earned Anne Rice her millions of devoted fans is enthrallingly present in Taltos. This novel continues the epic of the Mayfair witches, the occult saga that began with The Witching Hour and Lasher.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Tells the basics of the story

    • By Timaree on 02-18-09

    Regular price: $14.60

  • Book 4

    • Merrick

    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 5 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Anne Rice's richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches' world and the vampires' world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Louie

    • By T. D. Howell on 04-27-15

    Regular price: $19.93

  • Book 5

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  • Book 6

    • Blood Canticle

    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Stephen Spinella
    • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles with the story of Lestat's passionate quest for redemption, goodness and the love of Rowan Mayfair. Here are all the brilliantly conceived principal characters that make up Anne Rice's world of vampires and witches. And here is the spirit of Julien Mayfair, guardian of the family, determined to torment Lestat eternally for what he has done to Mona.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • By J Krauss on 11-08-03

    Regular price: $21.27