• Taltos

  • Lives of Mayfair Witches
  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,447 ratings)

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Publisher's 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.... 

©2010 Anne Rice (P)2015 Random House Audio

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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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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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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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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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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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Book 3 The Mayfair Witches. Outstanding.

Anne Rice was a philosophical genius.
In Ashland's story one can't help but see how detremental religion had to be on ancient civilizations on which it was forced upon. There is more to the Mayfair Witches in the very entertaining book "Blackwood Farm" and finally"The Blood Canticle". Anne Rice's death had just been announced last month. So on honor of her genius I am revisiting what I feel were her best stories on Witches and Vampires combined. Long live the true Queen of the Damned--- Anne O'Brien Rice.

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Great for Taltos history and Mayfair closure

This was mostly a look at how the Taltos live. It's not as exciting as the first two books were, but it's certainly a necessary story. The only thing I don't like about Kate is that she always makes her sentences sound like questions at the end. This was a great end to a very interesting series.

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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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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

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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  • Melanie Winter
  • 10-07-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-22

Kate Reading is amazing, but this volume of the Mayfair witches is bad

Unfortunately the most boring and rather creepy volume of the trilogy. The sex with 13 yo girls, the fact that everyone is ok with that is terrifying. Plus the book lacks the substance of what was so appealing I first two novels - New Orleans as an additional Character

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  • Rob_C-T_Tipton
  • 04-12-22

This Promised so Much, But Failed to Deliver

Once again I find myself very disappointed with this audiobook by Anne Rice.

It promised so much but unfortunately it didn’t deliver. In the end I was left hanging as the story abruptly ended. Leaving more questions than answers. It is clearly written with the view to a follow up book.

Add to that over a third of the audiobook felt like a religious text or scripture. It occupied far to much time, and I found it very boring.

The main saving point for the audiobook was the brilliant narration by Kate Reading. She has a great talent for bringing each character to life and giving them their own voice and accent.

If it hadn’t have been for her skill I would have given up when the story became scripture like.

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  • Luna
  • 12-19-21

loved

such a great conclusion to the trilogy, really enjoyable and great pacing throughout. justification was done to all characters I think. love the way she plays on the giants and breathe life into the tale. fab ending.

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  • Dolciey
  • 07-03-21

excellent conclusion to the Mayfair witches

totally engrossed right through the book I had to finish it and couldn't put it down

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-20

beyond words!

i have read this series so many times, but having it read to me gave me a whole new understanding. totally mesmerizing,you can loose your self for days in this reading!

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  • kevin dawson
  • 11-13-19

a mysterious story told beautifully

A rich dark beautiful story woven around the Mayfair Witches created written by a legend performed narrated by a captivating perfect kate reading , must read must listen !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

Brilliant

I have totally loved this trilogy but really need another book to let us know the outcome of this new love..please!!!!

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  • Mme
  • 06-20-19

Disappointing!

I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series, but Taltos has left me feeling very disappointed. Having invested many hours in listening to all three books, I feel cheated by the abruptness of the ending and I feel it has spoilt the overall impression of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-20

Starting to slow down

I have enjoyed this trilogy. But have found as I go through it is becoming a bit harder to enjoy. Lots of going back into the past

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  • Deb Furlong
  • 06-29-22

Perfect

oh I absolutely loved this audio book. Beautifully read eloquently.
thank you so very much.