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by Anne Rice (Author), Lindsay Crouse (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 3 hours
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Oct 2000
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQB0P8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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This four-century long 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 17th-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.

The Witching Hour is Volume 1 of The Mayfair Witches series.

©1990 by Anne O'Brien Rice; (P)1989 by Random House, Inc.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rice at her best! 14 Mar 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved the Vampires (at least up to Body Thief) and adored the Mummy, but I think Witching Hour is her best. The HUGE book is absolutely compelling from beginning to end. The Book moves from Modern day story of a young woman, the end product of centuries of witches that are under control of "the Man" called Lasher( because he could make the trees lash when he was angry) into the past of her ancestors. Each generation of the "Mayfair Witches" there was a chosen female that 'inherited' the man, and he brought power, he brought madness.
The book leisurely details the woman's modern day life, returning to New Orleans for the funeral of her mother, the base of the family of witches male and female, and comes to terms with her heritage, Lasher and a destiny plotted for her leading to a horrific coming: bring Lasher into this world. We see a lot of the tale through the eyes of the people around this family, as the agent for the Talamasca (seen in the Vampire Cycle), the watchers and recorders of witches and vampires, collect the tales on the family.
It is a leisurely paced book, that brings one into mind of New Orleans' slower pace, but it's spellbinding, haunting, deceptively mesmerising. When she moves the tale of the Mayfair witches into the past and traces each generation of witch from early Scotland on, she is breathtaking. Rice uses ancient Scots lore and gives it a new life in her evocative, provoking tale that will keep you hypnotised as few works do.
Don't think she was better before or since. It's simply a master piece. Followed up with Lasher, Taltos and Merrick.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bewitching Epic 12 May 2012
Format:Paperback
THE WITCHING HOUR is a long book. When you open it, you wonder how you will ever reach the end. However I would definitely not let a little thing like that put you off.
Yes, the book does meander. There is a leisurely, atmospheric introduction before we are introduced to the main characters. A good 200-300 pages in the middle contains a potted history of the Mayfair family. Such abrupt shifts of focus seem jarring at times, as if the author is finding her way. Yet it is precisely in these passages that some of her most brilliant writing occurs.
As a fan of the Vampire Chronicles, I have always thought that Rice is at her best when evoking Gothic historical scenes of high melodrama. However this book showcases some of her other talents. The lengthy passage which introduces Michael Curry is simply incredible. It manages to sum up the entire life of one man - an extraordinary feat of the imagination. The central story of epic history of the Mayfair Witches with its Faulkner-esque intrigues and incestuousness was also spellbinding. These instances of world-building were for me, the highlights of the book.
The sheer quality of Rice's writing shines throughout. The description of the New Orleans Garden Distict is striking in its detail. Her ability to handle so many characters, each one utterly credible, creates a rich world filled with believable people. The gathering of the Mayfair clan was a standout example of realistic writing.
If the book has a weakness, it's that some of the modern-day scenes early on seem a little hard to swallow, especially the dialogue. When a rich neurosurgeon meets a rich propery developer we would be forgiven for wondering if we have strayed into some TV soap opera. Also, sometimes the erotic passages went a little too far for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 13 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book. The depth and richness that Anne Rice places into the narrative are amazing. You can almost see, touch and smell New Orleans.
The book within a book concept that is used within the novel to detail the lure of the Mayfair family with the spirit that gives them their witchcraft is wonderful showing with great care the advantages and disasters this brings to each generation of the family.
In my honest opinion this and the follow up books in the trilogy are better then the vampire books that I am also a fan of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent- couldn't put it down!!!! 25 May 2001
Format:Paperback
I found it a little slow to get into at first but after that I was hooked! Having read the book, I now have the desire to visit New Orleans and I could almost believe that the characters were real. I've ordered the next book in the series- "Lasher" and can't wait to dive in!You'd be mad not to read this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ohhhh, it's a long one! 16 Mar 2000
Format:Paperback
This book was looooong and it took me an age to read, but it was worth it. I love Anne Rice's books and have read all I can lay my hands on. This one is so detailed, i could play it like a film in my head and see everything so clearly, nothing was left to the imagination to make up. The Mayfair family and Lasher, the witch loving ghost are still haunting me and are insisting I read 'Lasher' as soon as I can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another truimph for Ms. Rice 3 July 2006
By Amy
Format:Paperback
I have always been a fan of Anne Rice so when I was told that this was a good read I said I would give it a go.
It is about a family of witches, The Mayfair Witches, and I never thought that I would never like it as much as the Vampire Chronicles but I was wrong!! It kept me engrossed from start to finish, the only bad thing I could say about this book is that even though I kept reading and reading I thought that I would never get to the end (its got over a thousand pages!) That being said I really did not want the end to come. I loved it so much that the day after I had finished it I went straight online and ordered the next 2 books in the series - Lasher and Taltos.
If you like Anne Rice then I can safely say that you will really enjoy this book, it is everything I expect from her!
Again it is a brilliant book if I could have given it more then 5 stars I would have!
BUY IT!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book, it is my second copy as the first fell apart, hope...
one of Anne Rice best novels and the rest of the series is really good to I was gripped and couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Leanne Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired me
When I took this book in my hands, I thought "1207 pages? I will never read it!". But my wish to read it was stronger than number of pages. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deira
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goldie
This book is so inspiring to me, that I feel I must read it every 3-5 years, of course this also includes Lasher and Taltos all from the same trilogy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jens ecklon Amussen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Read this book in the nineties, but lost the copy. Such a brilliant story teller. Such intricate weaving story lines. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cake face
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
I tried with this book.....i really tried. Even with the thickness and 'over described' areas i still tried. But i couldnt get into it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Deanna young
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I could suspend disbelief about the witching aspects but it was badly written and weak in plot. One member of our book club described it as simply icky. I cannot disagree.
Published 14 months ago by JBQ
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm, the jury is still out....
This is a reasonably good read-well, I found it to be so. The notion is completely preposterous though, but Rice carries you along and you can suspend your disbelief. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars The Witching Hour
From the moment I purchased this book I just could not wait to sit down an read it. I found it extremely gripping. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by midnightlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Vampires
I have been a big fan of Anne Rice and The Vampire Chronicles for many year so thought i'd give this series of books a go

The series starts with The Witching Hour, is... Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2011 by jillywill
5.0 out of 5 stars More Anne Rice brilliance
Great series and book, I read Taltos first so kinda ruined it for myself but all 1200 pages are worth it!
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by Ms W
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