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Lasher

By: Anne Rice
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
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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 and listeners 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 an 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.

©2015 Anne Rice (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Part 2 - read them in order!

We are dropped right into the action of part one's finale. Roan and Lasher are on the run while Michael lies in a coma with the family looking on.

Mona, the chillingly clever and capable 13 year old is introduced; and here is my one dislike of the plot as she has it away with Michael and Michael was my hero of the first book; so this sullied him in my opinion.

However ignoring that, we learn Lasher's background and despite knowing all the awful things he's done, you do feel sorry for him as he had such a harsh childhood. Great sequel, am onto the third one now!

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mesmerising

dark mysterious utterly bewitching consistently brilliant loved every second i can't recommend this series enough

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Fantastic

I loved the first book , double loved the second, magical wonderful! Well done Anne x

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Essentially brings the trilogy together perfectly!

this book is not just a middle filler of a trilogy, it is essential to the plot!
and fantastic in its own right!
this book solidifies the Add Action to the trilogy!!!

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Must buy its incredible ive gone from the 1st

Straight to the second and now aboit to start the 3rd i rarely do this i like to mix things up so this is quit an incredible story

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Great 2nd book

Loved this 2nd book in 'The Mayfair Witches' So richly detailed and so engrossing. I read this book years ago and it is just as good on audio. Of to download Taltos, the 3rd book now.

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Loved this Series

Would you consider the audio edition of Lasher to be better than the print version?

I have not seen the print version but I have enjoyed the audible version

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

She brings the characters to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I couldnt stop listening but I did sometimes think that sometimes some of the story went on a bit too long

Any additional comments?

Although I enjoyed the book the historical inaccuracies were a tad irritating...Henry VIII never had control of Scotland although its fictional historical fact should remain exactly that

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Beautifully written, beautifully read,

Where does Lasher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Impossible to rank a book that is part of such a unique story. Is is tantalising and haunting from beginning to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lasher?

I would have to say Rowan's plight when he held her captive, his treatment of her was so horrific and yet his needs, his yearning,his isolation tugged at my heart strings.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I really enjoyed getting to know Uri, a relatively uncomplicated storyline which allows one to catch a breath from the dizzying plots,twists and turns of the Mayfair clan.

I also found the character of Emaleth captivating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well that would have been impossible as the book is so long but I did my best, listening to it on my phone whilst cooking, cleaning, gardening and cutting the hedges....

Any additional comments?

As just about to embark on the journey of Taltos .

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Great 2nd Book. I really enjoyed this second book.

I really enjoyed this second book. It leaves me wanting to read Taltus, next book. Anne Rice is a very imaginative author, and leaves you thinking maybe all is not what it seems to be!

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Grammar

Lighted !!!!! For heavens sake!!!! 'The candle was lite'. NOT 'the candle was lighted' !!!!! Grammar please.

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  • Bob-o
  • 21-11-15

Lasher's story continues...

This is a great continuation of the Mayfair Witches. It's predominantly about Uncle Julian's and Lasher's story. The travel through time isn't quite as vivid as the lives of Rice's vampires, but it's still quite good.

Kate Reading's performance is excellant. She has an extraordinary vocal range. I frequently forget that there is only a woman, and not a woman and a man narrating the story. She is definitely in my top 10, if not my top 5 favorite narrators, male, or female, of all time.

Note: There is a lot of incest in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches. It's a Mayfair thing. If incest is very disturbing to you, even when in a fictional work, then you won't like this series. While I don't cotton to incest, I am open minded, especially in regards to works of fiction. Regardless, while I found one character's approach to incest quite amusing, I also found parts of the books content concerning incest very disturbing. It just creeped me out. Perhaps it was meant to. It hasnt repelled me enough to prevent me from continuing on with the series. In fact I'm currently listening to the next book, Taltos, now. Once I finish it I will have completed all of Rice's Mayfair books.

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  • joyce
  • 01-12-17

Revisited

I read this series as a young adult. Having recently become addicted to Audible, it was great to find them available as audiobooks. 20yrs later, still one of my favorite authors and I still want to be a Mayfair Witch!!!

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  • Janelle
  • 24-11-15

A saga of witches ! In breeding, sex, lies.Lust

Would you listen to Lasher again? Why?

Yes , You always miss something in a story the first time

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lasher?

entering baby's body

Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I love Kate Reading's books very talented

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Shocking ! Old world shocking

Any additional comments?

Lasher from spook to flesh ... chilling story

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  • mike miller
  • 26-12-18

Not best effort sequel

Witching Hour leaves us with the jarring ending of Rowan running off with the newly incarnate Lasher and leaving Michael for dead. Not the happy ending I would have liked, nor the conclusive one. This book continues the story and does ultimately resolve most of the issues with Lasher while opening up several more new ones. I think perhaps Anne Rice had initially intended Witching Hour to be a standalone novel and the spirit of Lasher to have a different form, but somewhere around the 3/4 mark in that book she changed direction and decided to make it a series with a different ending and supernatural creature. This book too ends without resolution but there are follow-ons. I think the story could have been much shorter to really get to the point, but then it wouldn't have been long enough for its own book.

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I wanted to like Rowan and Michael in the overall story but it became increasingly hard to do so in Lasher. Rowan is cold hearted and faithless. At the end of Witching Hour she had run off with Lasher. They continue their affair with Rowan as a willing partner until he turns cruel and outright abusive. She suffers for her sins but her ultimate reasoning is that her vanity was the sin, not her unfaithfulness to Michael, Aaron, and her family. After rescue she is comatose and yet aware of what's going on around her finally being rescued by her Taltos daughter only to turn around and cruelly, strangely kill her without a second thought.

Michael is more likable pining away for Rowan and trying to deny that she ran off willingly. He doesn't find out until later more of the truth in the third book. But he is attracted to the 13 year old Mona and ends up being seduced by her multiple times. So not the most morally strong character either.

As I mention above the story is too long and stalls along the way. Lasher is finally vanquished and again the story could probably come to an end around this point if Rice would just wrap up some of the other dangling storylines like the Talamasca and Rowan & Michael's relationship. But it goes on.

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  • Wilfredo
  • 03-06-16

Thrilling

Erotic and terrorific.... She takes you from the past to the future, love her writting and she always keeps me waiting for more... I want more. The performance magnificent

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  • carol feller
  • 01-06-16

lasher

this was an amazing book, great storyline love the narrator. looking for to the next book in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-16

Strange tale

lasher challenges commonly held notions about organized religiosity within a tale of morality, horror, and the fear of outsiders and the unknown.

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  • Linda Erlich
  • 01-04-16

Wonderful 2nd book in trilogy

This is the 2nd book in the story of the Mayfair witches. At this point, the reader is well aquainted with the characters and their history so that the twists and turns of this novel are as enjoyable as they are unexpected.

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  • Kristin Kawasaki
  • 03-06-16

The incest was troubling...

Even though it could be argued that it is crucial to the story.
I did like this story better than the first book. I felt more connected to the characters this time around.
Still...the incest and child abuse was very hard to deal with.

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  • David Motes
  • 12-03-19

Another one by Ann Rice. a little on the gory side

Ann Rice is a master at telling a story and bringing out everything so that you can actually visualize what she is writing about. But in this one, as well written as it is, has some very disturbing images that she paints that can leave you with a sick feeling in your gut. I guess that's one of the ways she's best at telling a story but where does her mind go to come up with these things as horrible as they are.
overall a good story. could of done without the images that are now instilled in my mind but I guess that's what comes from an Ann Rice novel.
One more thing that bugged me throughout the novel and this has to do with the narrator. Michael was born in New Orleans. Moved to San Francisco. So why does she narrate him with this horrible Boston accent. That just unnerved me listening to how his voice was betrayed. He's a damn southerner from the deep south for christ sakes!! No way would should his voice be like someone from the north that makes up there own version of how the English language is supposed to be accented!!! That drove me to almost stopping after the first few chapters but I cringed through it and finished.

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