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Summary

"Rice is a formidable talent...[Taltos] is a curious amalgam of gothic, glamour fiction, alternate history and high soap opera." (The Washington Post Book World)

"Captivating...Taltos is a wonderful offering...The best she's done....There is a new member of Anne Rice's macabre family of monsters, and he's probably the loneliest, most melancholy creature on earth....Rice keeps the mystic fires burning strong." (The Milwaukee Journal)

"Spellbinding...Mythical...Anne Rice is a pure storyteller." (Cosmopolitan)

"Rice is a stylish writer...What works best throughout the book is the magical collusion of the real and the mythical, the intermingling of the Taltos and witches with ordinary mortals in the present-day world." (New York Newsday)

"Beautifully written." (Kirkus Reviews [starred])

What can i confess? I'm Ashlar. I'm a Taltos.

It's centuries since I've seen one single other member of my own species. Oh, there have been others. I've heard of them, chased after them, and in some instances almost found them. Mark, I say almost. But not in centuries have I touched my own flesh and blood, as humans are so fond of saying. Never in all this time....

When Ashlar learns that another Taltos has been seen, he is suddenly propelled into the haunting world of the Mayfair family, the New Orleans dynasty of witches forever besieged by ghosts, spirits, and their own dizzying powers. For Ashlar knows this powerful clan is intimately linked to the heritage of the Taltos.

In a swirling universe filled with death and life, corruption and innocence, this mesmerizing novel takes us on a wondrous journey back through the centuries to a civilization half-human, of wholly mysterious origin, at odds with mortality and immortality, justice and guilt. It is an enchanted, hypnotic world that could come only from the imagination of Anne Rice....

©1994 by Anne O'Brien Rice (P)1994 by Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Timaree
  • 18-02-09

Tells the basics of the story

I wish that I would have remembered that the book was abridged. It was a good refresher of the story, but would not worth it if I didn't know the story.

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  • Marin
  • 04-04-08

Not a Stand Alone

I love the reader, but this is not a stand alone novel. Either the whole novel or the editing job for the abridge left me feeling like I was missing a great deal of what was going on, and prevented me from caring about the characters at all.

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  • Erica
  • 06-11-11

Guilty pleasure

If you're a fan of Anne Rice, this story will not disappoint. Interesting characters, story and Anne always finds a way to leave you a little turned on:) Her formula works!

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  • Clare
  • 19-02-11

Love Tim Curry...but who is the other guy?

There is a second narrator I wasn't expecting and the transition back and forth is a little jolting. I read Taltos in the past so I purchased this primarily because Tim Curry was narrating. I wish it was unabridged...I have the advantage of already knowing the story and still had a hard time following the abridged version. I don't know if it would make sense at all to someone unfamiliar with the story.

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  • KariKing
  • 18-11-20

Terrible narration

For the first part of the story I would have to turn up the volume every time Ash spoke. The accents of the characters were horrible. The music intermittently played was ridiculous as well. The story itself was really a disappointment too. I cannot recommend this book for all these reasons.

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  • Toni
  • 28-05-20

Taltos

Anne Rice is my favorite writer I love here writing. She keeps my interest I can't stop listening.

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  • dolly
  • 09-09-18

Not the real story

I love Tim Curry but this is not the full book it is an abridged version and was sold as a full version. Terrible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-18

didn't realize it was abridged...

Tim Curry did an awesome job narrating, but I was disappointed because it doesn't tell you it's abridged in the description...bumbed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

Even Better Again Today!

I read this 15 years ago in hard copy, and found so much I hadn't heard then listening to this today. thank you so much Anne fit your intense detail fort description & historical references. I suggested to my middle daughter, (22 yrs.), to listen with me while we were on a short road trip, & I think I succeeded in getting her hooked❣
We're traveling again to New Orleans this summer, & look so forward to visiting a book store in the garden district again, & this time I'm prepared to happily come home with several of muy favorite 1st edition titles signed by Anne.

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  • cboo1970
  • 21-04-15

Terrible as an Abridged version

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This whole story line is not good for abridged version. You miss too much of what makes this trilogy so wonderful and horrifying. You miss the soul of story line. Audible, get the unabridged version up.