• Lasher

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 28 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (3,400 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ms. Rice must have been paid per word!

Too much "fluff". I enjoyed most of the story, but, it felt like there was too much distraction with too much "literary license ". Honestly, was she paid per word? Some chapters were WAY longer than others. Lasher's final explanation put me to sleep - no joke! I won't listen to it again.

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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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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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lasher

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

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 11-25-15

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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  • B Pointer
  • 06-26-22

outstanding narrator

This was compelling listening. I loved the description of the Mayfair family in New Orleans. I don't think I would have stuck with it so completely had the narrator been as good as she was.

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  • Robert James
  • 06-13-22

It continues as good.

Another stunning story by Anne Rice read perfectly by Kate Reading. Diving into Taltos now.

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  • Rob_C-T_Tipton
  • 03-23-22

A Very Long Drawn Out Story With Little Action

Once again Anne Rice has produced a story that I felt was far too long, containing lots of “filler”. Like the previous book in the series it contained lots of background and historical information but only a small amount of action.

The latter part of the story was heavily religious which I found boring and unnecessary.

The story promised so much but overall unfortunately for me it didn’t deliver.

The plus point of this audiobook was the narration. Kate Reading bought the characters to life.

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  • Ulrike Töpfer
  • 02-25-22

Long but entertaining

The second of the Mayfair books.
A bit long especially when stories back in time are told.
But the characters are as always with Anne Rices novels, great fun to get to know

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  • Claire Stokes
  • 02-21-22

I loved it, as I have all of Anne Rice's books.

I have read and listened to many of Anne Rice's Books over the last nearly 30 years. the Mayfair Witches are new to me and I have loved the world created. Thought provoking content. I loved the narrator and her style, it suited the book well.

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  • Warren Leslie
  • 11-01-21

Great read

Loved all the books in this series, great read and narrator brings it to life.

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  • Dolciey
  • 06-19-21

brilliant second of three

very interesting subject and easy to read but above all I found it impossible to put the book down and I am away to start the third one talos with much eagerness

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  • Luna
  • 04-07-21

not as good as the first book

I absolutely loved the first book, one of my favourite books of all time. this one was not as strong. for me, I fell completely out of love with Michael. I found in many parts the story dragged significantly and having finished the book now, I can only presume many things that were drawn out were done so to be relevant to the third book, as they really could have been omitted from this book. i am pleased to have listened to it as I enjoy the story and Rice's imagination. hopefully the third ties these things off which seemed irrelevant to this particular book.

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  • kevin dawson
  • 10-27-19

mesmerising

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-20

Kept me intrigued.

I was keen to get my hands on this. The story took a while for me to get into . But by the time I got to the end of the first book, I couldn't wait to move on.

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