I was very glad that I came across this book. As a 'Cassandra' this is the first time I have ever heard the term Willful Blindness explained or examined this way. I really never realized that people were not intentionally turning their back, or that they were not completely ignorant in general. Thank you Margaret for making me feel not so alone and also much more educated. How about a book like "Cassandra: The Survival Guide"
I must first say it takes a lot for me to give 5 stars, that said, if not for the ending this would have gotten 4 stars. But the ending kind of left me...unsatisfied. All the details and build-up to a wrap-up style quickie epilogue, which could've been done way better. Just one opinion. Not sorry that I bought the book, or with the time I spent listening. I just wanted it more final. Narrator did a good job.
I liked the presentation of the information. As a numbers person it gave another perception and was thought provoking. I think it may be very difficult for some to follow the material, even though it is being read very well. I found myself backing up from time to time, just to get a clearer understanding. The use of numerous acronyms added nothing to the book, and probably should've been avoided. I must admit that if I were trying to read this book, I would not have finished it, it is not something that would keep me turning the pages. At the same time I am glad that I found it on Audible, and find it well worth the time to be read to, especially for the people who want a better understanding (or opinion) of our current world financial crisis and how everyone and everything really does matter as we are all connected.
It took me just a little bit to get really into the book, but after that it had me till the end. Imaginative and original. I am glad that I chose it. Worth the time and money, the narrator did a very impressive job. She made it even better!
Having read The Incarnations of Immortality repeatedly over the years, I cannot say enough about how brilliant an author Piers Anthony is. How he manages to write from each characters perception, with accuracy, is amazing. I have given this book as a gift many times and will continue to do so. I must say that I am glad I found this series first, because had I found the Xanth novels prior, I wouldn't have tried this work. I didn't like the Xanth novels at all. They were well done, they just didn't grab me and were nothing like this series.
On a Pale Horse will always be my favorite, With Tangled Skein, Bearing the Hourglass, Wielding the Red Sword & Being a Green Mother in that order. The last two in the series were just okay for me. I feel that they weren't really necessary, per se, and weren't as engaging.
As far as some of the remarks as to it being "humorless", where does it say anywhere that it is supposed to be funny? In addition, I saw other ridiculous remarks about it not being Christian, way out there, religious rubbish, childlike etc... Firstly, it is a FICTION novel (that means make believe). Secondly, if you wanted a Christian or religious book, sci-fi/fantasy isn’t the genre you should be looking in (or is it?). Thirdly, as a writer, editor & proofreader I find nothing childlike or boring. I would love to see any of these reviewers write 7 novels from 7 perceptions so flawlessly.
In closing, I am in awe of Piers Anthony’s talent with this series. Everyone deserves their opinion, but at least write something with knowledge, relevance and purpose. Not every novel speaks to a person, not every novel is easily read or understood by an individual, and those type of remarks could and would be appreciated. Absurd remarks with idiotic ranting, that I believe would never assist a person in deciding whether or not to purchase a book, should be deleted.
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