I went in expecting a dated fantasy tale of rather stilted proportions judging by the cover but right from the start this book had me off balance. It begins with an introduction to a very odd and interesting culture as well as a particularly intriguing character who leads the discussion into a surprisingly deep argument of philosophy in the first 15 minutes. Once the story really gets laid out things only get weirder and I haven't quite finished it yet but am enjoying it thoroughly thus far. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and fantasy or possibly even those interested in unique cultures. It's certainly unlike any book I've read before.
I probably would relisten to this story because it is a favorite. The reading was strong enough that I returned to purchase the entire series read by the same narrator.
Fantasy is one of my favorite genres.
Traber Burns did a credible job of separating the characters by using a different voice for each. A true professional, he was consistent throughout.
I liked this book. The author builds a stong hero with integrity and honor, and does well at mixing furture tech and a world of magic. I never thought I would like a book with a unicorn in it...
Traber Burns is Not the most Monotone Reader that I have listened to, but sadly he does NOT bring the story to life
I read this story in my TEENs and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Oliver Wyman or Dick Hill or Scott Brick or Jim Dale would have been great readers.
This guy is NOT AS BAD as Michael PRITCHARD but is close. SAD!!!!
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
First let me say, I like the idea of a hero under five feet tall. Many of you will snicker, but being a short man is not easy. Our society idolizes tallness. A tall man gains respect when he enters a room, just because he was born with genes that make him tall. Studies show that short men get passed over for promotion, etc. And what girl will date a man shorter then her. Some popular actors are short such as Newman and Cruise, but they do things on screen to make you unaware. Anyways hats off to PA for making his hero short.
I also like a fantasy and science fiction in the same book.
I don't like books with characters I just don't care about. I agree with the reviewer Matt, that I just could not get myself to care about these people. After four and a half hours I called it quits, I could not see myself wasting time and being terrible bored with the rest of the book.
I am not a big fan of PA, but I did like "On A Pale Horse" and "Bearing An Hourglass"
I loved this series as a youth. I am so happy that audible has gone back and gotten this series! Anyone, who loves fantasy will love this series. The narriator is excellent, and the book is great, well worth the money.
I normally like Piers Anthony but this was pretty awful. I've found some books are just slow to get going and tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, but found myself wishing the narrator would just shut up about these boring, unlikeable people. I couldn't finish it.
Perhaps - if I could avoid all the smarmy sexual references.
If someone abridged all of Piers Anthony's stories to remove the endless titillation and descriptions of female figures, I would enjoy his books. This stuff is like teasers for virgins, which is too bad, because the actual story concepts are very interesting. I wish I could recommend his books to my kids, but the never ending fascination with breasts is just ridiculous.
Traber is not the right voice for these books. His voice is too mature and in books written from the perspective of a horny 15 year old boy, an older man's voice makes everything a bit creepier.
Not really - I would rather have read the book so I could have skipped over the drivel parts. Audio books are torture when parts of the book are great and others are teeth-grinding because you can't really skim through.
I wish I could handle the full series but I don't think I can. And I don't have time to sit and read the real books.
As long as the audio version in unabridged (and this one is) and the book doesn't have key visuals (I don't think this one does) then I am just as happy being able to listen and drive/mow/work.
I would, but this book reminded me how much Anthony likes to tease kids with talk about nudity and love-making. Not detailed or erotica, but it seems to be a fundamental part of his writings.
I wasn't too keen on the voice. He sounds like an old man, and that took away from a story centered around a 30-something year old.
No. Who has 8 hours straight to listen to a book?
I read this book while in high school in the 80's and enjoyed it then. I enjoyed it this time, too, but a lot of the "science" is still too far-fetched and distracting. The author's decision to use old English speech in the Phaze world was something I could ignore in the book, but is distracting and annoying in the audio format.