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Taltos

Lives of Mayfair Witches
By: Anne Rice
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)
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Summary

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....

©2010 Anne Rice (P)2015 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"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)

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Weird and a bit wrong in places.

Weird and a bit wrong in places. Evocative storytelling, strong characters and descriptions of scenes and era's you can almost touch.

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Wonderful!

I have listened to all the books in the Mayfair chronicles now and they literally took over my life for the past couple of months :)
Soooo fantastic & so well read by Kate Reading she is excellent, she brings all the characters individually to life with all her accents from American inc deep south to Scottish, English, Dutch, young, old, male, female, spirits, Taltos you name it! ...I’m only so sad that I have finished these books now...please write some more Anne Rice :)

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answers all the questions with an amazing Twist!

this does not let the trilogy down! everything is brought together with an amazing Twist, this set of books comes together in a complete crescendo!!!

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Sad that this is the end of story.

I have enjoyed the books and this was a fitting ending. I felt it lost its way in the last third and I didn't rush to finish like I normally do. Great writing and there are a few new additions to my bucket list.

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brilliant

brilliantly written and read with such energy and feeling. I need the next book now

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Need more!!

Have just finished listening to Taltos and i completely adored this book. I know that this has wrapped up so much of the storyline but, aaahhhh i need to know so much! What happened to Mona when her daughter left her like this? What happens to Michael and Rowan? Who will be the 'Legacy' after Mona? What happens now to Ashlar and Morrigan??? So many questions!!!

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Great listening.

Another fantastic book by Anne Rice. Almost sorry to get to the end...
Loved all 3 books in this series.

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Part 3

Rowan and Michael are coming to terms with the wreckage Lasher left behind; while Mona is starting to show. As long as there is no other demon baby everything should be OK, shouldn't it???

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  • Enid Doyle
  • 20-04-16

Intriguing Story, excellent narrator

Must listen to the three books to get the full essence of the story. It is truly captivating.

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  • Bob-o
  • 23-11-15

Not the best of Rice's work, but still quite good

Another great continuation of the Mayfair Witches. I didn't like it as much as the 1st book. The 2nd book was a little disturbing, because of all of the incest and the concomitant violence that went along with it. This book focused on the murder of a Taltos member, revenge for their death, the cleansing of the darkness inside of the Talamasca, the history of the Taltos, and of more growth in the Mayfair family, now freed from Lasher's evil influence. Mona is my favorite character.

I've already listened to the next three books in the series, Merrick, Blackwood Farm, and Blood Canticle. I loved Merrick and Blackwood Farm, but did not really enjoy Blood Canticle. I don't think you have to listen to Rice's Witch books starting with The Witching hour and continuing through to Blood Canticle. Merrick and Blackwood Farm certainly can be read as stand alone novels. However, now that they are all unabridged it might be worth your time to read them in chronological order.

I'm not sure if I'll re-listen to any of Anne's books. She's probably in my top 30 to 50 favorite authors, but who knows, I won't rule out re-listening to a couple. I certainly do have favorites books among her work. I'm not interested in her Sleeping Beauty books, because I just don't think they'd hold my attention. However, I always look for new works from her. I enjoy her Werewolf books.

Any way, I'm getting off topic. Even though I only give the story 3 stars I still recommend listening to this if your a Rice fan and especially if you have started the Witching Hour, because it gives one closure to the series.

As always, Kate did another outstanding job narrating this book. She always does such a great job, and manages to maintain the same individual voices for each character across all of the novels, so there's never any confusion as to which character is speaking. Kudos to Kate!

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  • Pam Pamm512
  • 13-02-16

Loved it ready for next dose

Loved it ready for next dose
Yes, i would recommend this all the others i have read so far.
Loved the voice of the narrative

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  • Taintedrose76
  • 19-12-18

wonderful series

loved all 3 books so far and wishing for a book 4

will re-listen to all 3 again

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  • Linda Erlich
  • 01-04-16

Another fantastic book

It seems difficult to believe, but there is actually more to the story of the Mayfair witches to be told in this third and final book in the series. Anne Rice introduces new characters, new situations, new twists and turns to this magnificent story. I just wanted it to go on and on.

Anne Rice is a master story teller. Kate Reading is a master narrator with a voice like silk. Just sit back and listen!

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  • Onika Popo-James
  • 28-02-16

I love the Mayfair witches

I did read some of these out of order. I stayed out with the Tales of a Vampire stories then delved into The Mayfair witches and Taltos stories. I can't get enough of them. I believe I have listened to all of the books from these series! found some of them on Overdrive ( library audio books (free)).

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  • Lisa
  • 15-02-16

Absolutely Marvelous!

I have loved Anne Rice's writing from the time my best friend placed The Witching Hour in my hands 20 years ago. Taltos, the culmination of the Mayfair Witches saga is a fantastic, compelling, suspenseful tale. I don't know how many times I've read it since it came out in hardcover in 1994. This is the 1st of many listenings, I'm sure. I've heard the entire series as read by Kate Reading and I think she's the perfect person for the job! I'm thrilled to have her 'read me a story.'

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  • John Vasquez
  • 15-02-16

leaves you wanting more!

loved the story! The performance enhanced the book for me. Wish there was more. But she leaves it to your imagination.

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  • Tiffany M.
  • 27-01-19

This swept me away

Kate Reading is a fantastic narrator. This story swept me away and allowed me to get lost in it.

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  • mike miller
  • 25-12-18

Story went sideways somewhere

I absolutely love the first 3/4 of Witching Hour but unfortunately Anne Rice decided to create a series instead of wrapping up the powerful first book on a strong note. Then Lasher was okay, but definitely a sequel and not nearly as good. Now with Taltos things fall even shorter.

Taltos takes us further along the mythology of the alternate human-like race introduced mainly in Lasher. I think Rice missed the boat. The first book was so rich with history and intrigue that is now lost to a fairy tale telling.

Spoiler alerts below.

The main characters Rowan and Michael are not really developed further in this novel and not really likable. Rowan becomes even more cold, self-absorbed, bitchy, and faithless. She has already put her supposedly beloved husband through hell by initially choosing Lasher over him, albeit paying dearly for this. Then starts off this book in a self imposed silence broken by she and Michael's dear friend Aaron's death (as opposed to anything her husband Michael tried). Then she almost leaves Michael behind to run off to avenge Aaron who was actually closer to Michael. Then she falls for Ash and it appears that it is only Ash and his love for Michael that keeps them apart. She really does very little to try and win back Michael's love and trust.

Michael gets cuckolded, ignored, and treated like a pet monkey. I’m saddened for him. But he knows about most of this and accepts it. What’s that say about him? He also has a pedophilic attitude toward young women, having impregnated the 13 year old Mona and eyeing her 19 year old cousin openly.

Michael should have dumped Rowan at several points. Or she should have realized her faithless nature and let him go. At least several other characters are more attractive.

As with the past two books this ends openly with more questions than answers. What happens to Ash and Morrigan? What happens between Rowan and Michael? What happens to Mona?
I saw that this subject is brought up again in the much later Blood Canticle but reading reviews of that book it looks like it veers even further away from a happy ending.
Maybe Rice just wants this to get more and more miserable and her characters to suffer?
I’m tired of the direction of the series, tired of the characters, and ready to step away.