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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (51,181 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rice Narrator: Lindsay Crouse 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: 9780375418396
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From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles series comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries.

The story begins when beautiful and accomplished Rowan Mayfair pulls the drowned body of Michael Curry from the sea and brings him back to life. She is aware that she possesses special powers, but unaware that she comes from a great dynasty of witches. He, in his brief interlude with death, has acquired sensory abilities that mystify and frighten him. Fiercely drawn to each other, the two fall in love and set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift. Their quest takes the listener from today’s San Francisco and New Orleans to seventeenth-century France to an ornate antebellum townhouse in the Civil War South.

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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Calijill | 2/14/2014

    " The book started strong, and I could barely put it down. After the lead female character succumbed to "the man", I was over it! This one had a super-soft ending and I felt completely let down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peg | 2/10/2014

    " did not like the ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 2/2/2014

    " one of my favorite Anne Rice books!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Sisk | 1/31/2014

    " Could have been half as long - the hundreds of pages of family history in the middle were excruciating - and the ending was rather disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige Umstead | 1/26/2014

    " Interensting but lots of history nd people to remember. Took me a while to get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Hay | 1/25/2014

    " So this book moves a little slowly when you get to the middle of the book. The pages and pages and pages of the history of mayfair witches is both interesting and annoying. It reads like a history book or research (which granted it authentic to it's place in the story) but it's kind of like hitting traffic when you're on the expressway. You're moving right along getting into the book and getting interested in the characters and bam - let's read tons of diary entries and field notes about the mayfair family. most of which will get kinda revised later in the story anyway. there had to be a better way for rice to tell that information. i mean even if she did it as flashbacks. anyway i was kinda mad at the ending - even though it was thoroughly predictable except spoiler... i thought aaron and michael were done-sky and was relieved that they weren't. despite my frustration toward the end of the book i have to admit i'm hooked and i plan on reading lasher whenever it comes in at the library :) much better than interview with the vampire! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin Bishop | 1/23/2014

    " One of my favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 1/17/2014

    " Would read this again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra | 12/21/2013

    " An utter disappointment after how much I like the vampire chronicles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 12/11/2013

    " I have read this book three times & still will read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianne | 9/19/2013

    " incredibly detailed and fun to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/3/2013

    " By far my favorite of Anne rice's books. Her descriptions of the locales had me walking down the streets of New Orleans envisioning the houses - and the people in them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deann Field | 8/18/2013

    " First Ann rice book I read. Made me really start reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene Madruga | 7/29/2013

    " Can't get through it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz Mackey | 6/11/2013

    " sucked.. had to stop "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adal | 5/4/2013

    " Uno de mis libros favoritos de todos los tiempos! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/16/2013

    " i loved this entire series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne Mertens | 12/12/2012

    " My all time favorite horror series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Sheffield | 11/16/2012

    " Been a long time since I read this and after reading A Discovery of Witches -- at the end, it reminded me of this story. Rice creates a gothic spooky world and the story is well done. I actually own this book, so may dig it out and re-read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellysun | 11/7/2012

    " Fascinating, gripping adult-only book. Almost too much for me at times but still I couldn't leave it alone for long. Such rich detail and insights into families, communities, cities, lifestyles, eras. Hope the next, Lasher, is as good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 8/5/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book. Was my first introduction to Anne Rice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Hamel | 6/10/2012

    " A little hard to get into at first but then extremely hard to put down. A little too wordy/descriptive at times but well worth it overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/26/2012

    " Very long book! Liked it a lot kind of dragged out a little but holy Moses what an ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Plants | 11/12/2011

    " Excellent story! this sucked me in so fast i couldn't stop reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 10/20/2011

    " I love how she intertwines the witches and vampires "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 7/17/2011

    " I loved this book, it pulled me in, I loved that they explained the whole history of the family. The ending defiantly made me want to read the second book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 6/30/2011

    " i didnt like it as much as withcing hour but it was a good continuation "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 6/23/2011

    " Really good book!! Brings the 2 series together to fill in some blanks. "

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

    " Read this book years ago. Am planning a trip to New Orleans in 2012 and so wanted to re-read. I am so enjoying it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayme | 6/5/2011

    " Read this one several times. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 6/2/2011

    " I was very disappointed in this audio book. It did not state whether it was abridged or not, however once I began listening to it, I realized it was abridged. I felt like I lost the connection between Michael and Rowan. I do not recommend listening to it unless it is the full book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 5/31/2011

    " Very beautiful. I loved it very much "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/30/2011

    " One of my favorite Anne rice books, that does not deal with vampires. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly502 | 5/25/2011

    " Hated the end of this book -- didn't read any more in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 5/23/2011

    " Supernatural Sci-Fi... dark, dense, and delicious. I can't wait to start on the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skrebsrnlnc | 5/23/2011

    " If you can get past about the first 100 pages this book becomes so compelling I can't wait to see what happens. Finally finished this most enjoyable book. Can't wait to finish the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 5/17/2011

    " Apart from being an eternal book, I really like it. It lasted for the whole summer lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jula | 5/17/2011

    " Anne did a wonderful job of creating characters that were seemingly believable, and in choosing New Orleans as the setting for this haunted, twisted tale of witches, ghosts and dark magic. "

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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

Lindsay Ann Crouse is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President’s Men. For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Slap Shot, Between the Lines, The Verdict, Prefontaine, and The Insider. She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games, which was directed by her then husband David Mamet. In 1996 she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Between Mother and Daughter,” an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. She is also a Grammy Award nominee.