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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Joe Morton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lives of the Mayfair Witches Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418235
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From the day her first Vampire Chronicle was published, critics and readers—readers by the hundreds of thousands—have been mesmerized by the writings of Anne Rice. And with the publication of The Witching Hour, she created for us yet another world and legend, and both the chorus of praise and the multitudes of her readers once more increased.

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: 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendi | 2/20/2014

    " The second book in the Mayfair series. I really enjoyed it, as an easier read than The Witching Hour. But I didn't find it as fast paced as the first installment. I absolutely LOVED Mona and her no nonsense attitude. Can't wait to read part three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Moore | 2/18/2014

    " This book ticked me off, but I guess the best books do invoke emotions in readers! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/8/2014

    " I can't finish this book. I have such a difficult time with Anne Rice. She is so full of herself and reading her books is like pulling teeth to me. No matter how much I try I just can't finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 2/2/2014

    " My copy of this book was misprinted backwards. Yes, in manga fashion, but it was unintentional and not during these times of Japanese pop-culture boom. I had to read it from the back forward....right page to left....very weird. I got used to it though, but then had to readjust when moving on to the next book.....kind of like when you drive on the left side of the road (in the "passenger" seat) and find yourself getting used to it, just to return back to America & have to readjust to the right side of the road again... Anyhow...loved this whole trilogy of Anne Rice's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 1/29/2014

    " Just not a fan of the Mayfair Witches "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Ippoliti | 1/26/2014

    " One of the best trilogies I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yesenia Martinez | 1/26/2014

    " Ahhhhh her Witch trilogy. LOVED every single book of this trilogy. The story lines are great. The amount of detail makes you feel as if you're right there in the scene. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 1/20/2014

    " I'll just say this....no where near as good as The Witching Hour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 1/19/2014

    " believe it or not: history of new england "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonya Watkins | 1/9/2014

    " In the end I always enjoy Anne Rice's books- as long winded as she tends to be- the outcome is enjoyable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/5/2014

    " Bit of a potboiler really. Heady mix of the occult, science and the deeep south. The viewpoint keeps changing, which makes it difficult to really sympathise with any of the characters. Quite well written, however, so I was happy to read it through to the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leif Erik | 12/18/2013

    " Oh my god. This is where I decided Ms Rice had jumped the shark. When you start blithely ripping of Flowers In The Attic... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/10/2013

    " I think this was my favorite out of the whole series. I got hooked on Lasher! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tootie | 12/10/2013

    " Very good book. I have the whole vampire/witch series and they are wonderful. One of mine is autographed by the author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 11/25/2013

    " Don't really remember a lot about the Mayfair. I do remember liking this series as a whole MUCH better than the Vampire Chronicles. The aforementioned series went waaaaaaaaaaaaay downhill from Interview! And it was a long drop! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kami | 11/9/2013

    " I fell in love with Lasher too just like Lestat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willlow | 10/11/2013

    " The follow up "gotta read" to The Witching Hour "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/23/2013

    " This was a very good book, although not as brilliant as the first of the Mayfair Witches books in my opinion although enjoyable all the same. You find yourself entwined within the Mayfair's lives beautifully as you read further into the saga! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronikka | 3/18/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this as much as I would have liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grandmaking553 | 10/30/2012

    " Didn't like this book at all, though it was horrible,it was my first Anne Rice book and it will be by last my her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlton | 9/12/2012

    " At least it didn't end with a cliff-hanger as the first one did. It me incredibly long to finish this (nearly two months - even as an audio book). I'm interested in seeing what happens in the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Duane | 4/15/2012

    " well, this one was only ~600 pages but kind of annoying in its own special way... introduces some new characters, ruins some old ones... last 50p or so is what i have been waiting for since about 2/3 through witching hour "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Edwards | 3/13/2012

    " I liked the first of the Mayfair books a a lot. This one I like less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/2/2012

    " I'm not sure how I feel about the ending yet.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adreanna | 11/25/2011

    " really enjoyed. I was happy there was a story instead of background information and history of the family "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ebony | 11/12/2011

    " All I can say is Wowwwww!! So many questions!!!!!! Anne Rice has a vivid imagination and is a great storyteller!!! On to book three of such a dramatic series!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek | 10/8/2011

    " I liked the Witching Hour more. Not sure where the story will go after this ending but I will definitely read it soon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 10/4/2011

    " Poor Rowan!! Creepy, creepy, if you like that sort of thing! Um, yeah, I do! ;) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Bolen | 9/28/2011

    " Deeply disturbing and not entirely coherent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/6/2011

    " Lasher was one of the most erotic of the TALTOS series. I've read it repeatedly. Each time bring a new nuance to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mark | 4/21/2011

    " oh don't mind me. i just get jealous and agitated when you profess love for other people! ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 3/20/2011

    " maybe i was desensitized by the first book, but this one was less shocking and more enjoyable. she went to a different place than i expected with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 2/7/2011

    " Good background on who Lasher is and how he became what he is. Not so much incest, sex, or other shocking topics in this one, still very informative & filled in a lot of gaps. Excited to see how it all ends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/26/2011

    " Lasher is a family ghost of the Mayfair witches who turns out to be so much more then just an apparition. Teetering on the erotic in places, like most of Rice's works, you won't want to put "Lasher" down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 1/25/2011

    " First Ann Rice book I ever read...surprised myself that liked it enough to buy another for the plane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/22/2011

    " finally tied up the loose ends from the Witching Hour! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 K.c. | 1/13/2011

    " too descriptive for me, found myself skipping over the details and looking for the meat "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rice

Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing from San Francisco State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the author of over thirty books, including tales of the Mayfair Witches. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become part of one of the bestselling series of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as the Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. She lives in Palm Desert, California.

About the Narrator

Joe Morton is an award-winning actor who made his Broadway debut in Hair and has gone on to perform in many other plays and over seventy films, made-for-TV movies, and mini-series. He and his wife Nora have two children.