Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.
This book takes a long look at death and its place in life. The right to die is examined in a totally new way. The world Anthony built with a very up front war between Good and Evil is reminiscent of C.S Lewis which is strange from an atheist. A fun listen. Well worth your time.
A great series written by a great author. George Guidell (spelling) is certainly an excellent narrator and does this series justice. A definite book worth adding to your collection. I only hope to see the Xanth series as I think it is even better.
I'm not much for fantasy, but I loved this series!!! The books are a must read (listen) for anyone who has any imagination. I read this series at least 3 times in the 10 years I've had them. I thought this was perfect for a long commute. Give it a try!
I'm trying to wean myself and learn to function without earbuds for more than ten minutes at a time. It hasn't been easy. I lose balance...
who am I to critique Piers Anthony? But when it comes to audio, things happen. Not this time, this story was well cast and read with a voice you could associate into the character. You can't go wrong with a classic like this.
Have not read any other of Piers Anthony's works -- this one kept my attention through its entirety. A friend recommended this many years ago -- (not even sure if I finished it then!) Was elated when I found it on Audible -- I was not at all disappointed (narration was excellent).
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
The book started out strong, took a turn for the weird, and then got lost in weird world were anything can happen, so nothing really matters.
The problem with a book that delves into the surreal is that it's impossible for you to care about the characters. Logic doesn't apply to them or their situations, and therefore they can never really be in peril. Peril requires concrete consequences-- cause and effect -- some actual rules.
I enjoyed parts of this book. I wish it had been funnier. I wish it had been scarier. I wish I cared about it more.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I first read this series when I was in High School. Having been a fan of Anthony's Xanth series for a good two or three years and therefore become accustomed to it by then I wasn't sure I would enjoy this one as much. However, I ultimately did. Pale takes place on an Alternate Universe version of Earth, an Earth where science and magic enjoy almost equal potency, and where creatures long believed myythical I.E. Dragons, Unicorns and others are real. The story centers around Zane, a young man facing poverty and likely eviction from his meager home and desperate to improve his fortune. Visiting a shop selling magical stones, he makes a deal with its proprietor, to use a love stone to locate romance, but to let the shopkeeper take his place in that romance. Zane, for his part, will receive a stone that supposedly will bring him wealth not only to erase all his gambling debts but to have any woman he could want. It soon becomes apparent to Zane that he's been duped and, seeing no other way out, he puts a gun earlier taken from a would-be robber to his own head in preparation for suicide. Conronted suddenly by the specter of Death, Zane turns the gun on the apparition instead, which turns out to be a living man. Immediately afterward he's visited by a woman who introduces herself as Lachisis, who tells him that having killed Death he must now assume that office himself. Death, it turns out, collects the souls of mortals whose good and evil deeds in life are so perfectly balanced that they can't transition on their own. Not long afterward he makes the acquaintance of Luna, daughter of a powerful magician whose soul he collected. The magician urges Zane to protect Luna from the forces that would destroy her. But those forces willstop at nothing to see that Luna is removed from their path before she has the chance to fulfill an ancient prophecy that could tip the world's balance toward good. Can Zane protect Luna, or will he be forced to destroy her? And what other terrible choices might he have to make in order to foil the forces of evil?
Pale is narrated by distinguished actor and narrator George Gidall. Guidall may not have been my first choice for a narrator for these novels, at least that's what I thought before I listened. He does a fine job of narrating the story and his portrayals of thevarious characters didafter all turn out to be what I would have imagined. He has a talent for different accents and dialects and he has the sort of voice that lends itself to narrating all sorts of situations from calm, relaxed ones to more tense and suspenseful ones without seeming overdone. He also has a way of conveying Piers Anthony's irrepressible humor. Needless to say I wholeheartedly recommend this one.
This is a great story that just makes you want to keep listening. It is just fun. Full of wit, this story is about a man that becomes death himself.
I have waited for this title to be brought to Audible. I was not dispointed at all, Definately worth the time to listen. Piers has a light hearthen way of poking fun at a very serious issue. Narration was quite good exceded my expectations. If you like this one there a 6 more in the series.
I purchased this book and can not download it. Used contact number for help and no one working when I called between hours of operation. I am pissed and I will never order here again and I will not recommend this site and I will contact someone to give back my money or something better.