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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (28,580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Tim Curry 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: 9780375418327
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Meet Mr. Ash, soft-spoken, tall, unfailingly kind—and the sole survivor of an ancient species, the Taltos. He is thriving among humankind as he has always done—as the head of a great corporate empire. As Taltos opens, he is stunned to learn from an old and mysterious friend that another Taltos has been seen, in the very same Scottish glen where centuries ago, Ash ruled his clan long before the coming of the Romans. At once he is propelled into the world of Rowan Mayfair and the mysteries of the Mayfair family, a New Orleans dynasty of witches forever besieged by ghosts, spirits, and the dizzying powers of his own species. The Mayfair family has always been intimately involved with the heritage of the Taltos—a family of unique, brilliant, and troubled souls struggling as they have for centuries to use both science and magic in their battle for greatness … survival.

In a swirling universe filled with death and life, corruption and innocence, Taltos takes us on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization that’s half human, half of wholly mysterious origin—a civilization at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandi Fender | 2/9/2014

    " I read the anne rice witching series a long time ago - and found it hard to put them down. The books are pretty crazy though - not for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke Woolston | 2/1/2014

    " The third book in the Mayfair Trilogy that finally reveals the origin of Rowan's child and presents as confusing outcome. I enjoyed it almost as much as the original book, but much of the supernatural suspense is done away with. "

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

    " Anne Rice's "Lives of the Mayfair Witches" series swept me right in. I was obsessed with The Witching Hour while reading it, but was incredibly disappointed in the ending. A friend told me I'd be more satisfied if I moved o to the second book, Lasher, and she was right. I decided to plug through and finish with Taltos. The writing is choppy and the tale fragmented - I just got through it to know how it ended, but the true magic in this story is contained within the first book of the trilogy, The Witching Hour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Hartney | 1/30/2014

    " Love the witching series, the new (old) creature who barely knows itself...the family of incredible witches... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/28/2014

    " Not as good as the first two. But does answer the back story questions that remained. Interesting, but the story drags in places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina Edwards | 1/22/2014

    " I liked the first book in this series a lot. The second was alright. By the third I was a bit over the series. The third one just got weird. It's hard to get to weird for me but that one came close. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melia | 1/20/2014

    " Fantastic book in the Mayfair Witches trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/19/2014

    " Not as good as the first two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orla | 1/17/2014

    " Good book. Easy reading. Not very exciting or memorable but still good. "

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

    " It was a mindless read and not all that intriguing - somehow I guess I was entertained enough to make it to the end. Not a book I'd recommend to anyone or keep but I probably could say that about any Anne Rice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany Rea | 12/25/2013

    " fantastic book loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 12/19/2013

    " It was a very strange book to read but I loved it. The more I got into the book the more I wanted to read the pervious novels in the set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tibi | 12/2/2013

    " Left me wanting more answers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani Zinser-Arnone | 11/21/2013

    " was okay....could have done with out a lot of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Group-baseball | 11/8/2013

    " THIS IS SECOND AMONG MY BEST READS!! MAYFAIR WITCHES WAS A GREAT CHRONICLE! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam Price | 10/4/2013

    " I was very disappointed in this one. Couldn't even make myself finish it. I felt as though she was writing words just to be writing without a real purpose. The Witching Hour was really good, Lasher was good but this one was not, at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aditya Sylvana | 9/29/2013

    " For those who are interested in the annunaki/lemurian story, this can be a very interesting book. anne Rice did not really make any reference to the aforementioned subjects, but you'll find some details in her book amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 6/11/2013

    " What can I say? I love the witches! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 2/21/2013

    " I thought that this was a weird end to the Mayfair witches trilogy. I loved The Witching Hour and Lasher but this one was stretching it and somewhat disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 2/12/2013

    " I found the dying race of the taller people who were born adults fascinating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandie | 9/5/2012

    " Did something I NEVER do with this book.......I didn't finish it. It was THAT bad. I have forced myself to finish so-so books and can't even remember the last book that I just couldn't finish. I have read others in this series and wasn't crazy about them but none of them were like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Brandon | 6/9/2012

    " I had to take a break after this one - intense stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/6/2012

    " First edition, Anne Rice collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 1/14/2012

    " I Love little Mona Mayfair! She has more balls at thirteen than any of the adult characters! LOL "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer McMurrain | 12/15/2011

    " Maybe because it was the third book in the series is why I found it so dull. I think I need to pay more attention to whether these things are series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 January | 12/9/2011

    " I think this was my favorite of the three! However the ending did leave me wanting....more closure? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 9/14/2011

    " I think this last book the Taltos pulled all three books together. I think the Mayfair witch series was very different reading than your usual witch books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Gregg | 8/20/2011

    " Leaves you wanting more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jay | 7/17/2011

    " The finale to the Mayfair Witches trilogy, Taltos sees Lasher's life threatened by another of his own kind. A somewhat disappointing finale to the series that must be read if for no other reason that closure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 6/9/2011

    " I like Anne Rice so I read this series. Boy was I mad when I got to the end! Utter crap. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 -Molly- | 4/18/2011

    " I was glad to finish reading this one. I wanted to to complete the Mayfair series. But this is my least fav of all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/29/2011

    " The Mayfair Witches is one of my favorite series but this one is the best in the series I feel. "

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

    " Meh. Could've been better, could've been worse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 1/26/2011

    " Unfortunately not that good.. very wordy. Had a hard time getting into it, only finished it because i had read the other 2 and i have to finish series when i start them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi | 1/25/2011

    " Taltos is the culmination of The Mayfair Witches saga - and it cements the series as a true masterpiece. The scope of this story is mind boggling - Anne Rice is a genius! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma | 1/19/2011

    " First 2 were good, this one was a bit far fetched "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mulva | 1/9/2011

    " Honestly, I don't remember, it's been so long. I'm sure I liked it, although not as much as the Witching Hour, which I do recall enjoying immensely. "

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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

Tim Curry has created a rich array of memorable characters for both the screen and stage, most notably the role of the scientist in the Broadway and film versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He’s been nominated for Tony Awards for his roles in My Favorite Year and The Pirates of Penzance. His film credits include Muppet Treasure Island, The Shadow, Clue, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Three Musketeers, and many, many more.