Piers Anthony's best-selling Incarnations of Immortality series has delighted readers with its wonderful mixture of contemporary situations and unconventional views of traditional magical themes. Being a Green Mother continues Anthony's entertaining look at society through a lens of magic. And Barbara Caruso's lyrical narration is a wonderful addition to this endlessly inventive series.
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©1987 Piers Anthony Jacob; (P)2000 Recorded Books
"This conclusion to one of Anthony's most popular series abounds with the author's love for logical conundrums and coy humor." (Library Journal)
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
The series is very consistant. If you liked the other books this one will please you as well. It is a solid story and the only reason i gave it 3's was that Anthony is not the best at writing in the female point of view (my opinion). The way the author links all the boioks together and you catch hints of what was going on behind the scenes in previous novels is very good.
This book was I believe originally intended to be the last book in the series, and indeed it could easily serve as the conclusion to an excellent set of novels. This book is slower than the others, but interesting most of the time. Towards the end I lost some interest but the ending made the entire book worth reading many times over. In my opinion the book would have been better if some details were removed and the process leading up to the end quickened, but other than that I have no complaints.
The story of Orb is a good one, though considerably different from the stories of the other incarnations. What makes this story truly good, maybe great, is its implications for the series as a whole. I will definitely be picking up the final volume.
The humanity of the incarnations is what makes them endearing, and in this book the humanity of Satan himself is shown for the first time, casting all his previous actions in a new light of not quite sympathy, but rather mild pity and remorse. In every book it is remarked that each incarnation must come to terms with Satan in his or her own way, and in this book Satan seems to come to terms with himself.
The main character (Orb) is very difficult to like as she seems to have been modelled on a petulant selfish child... This is one of the few times when I actually disliked the main character in a story.
Although this book in the series is both disappointing and irritating, the incarnation series does contain some gems.
I would give the following scores for incarnation series audiobooks:
On a pale horse 9/10
Bearing an hour glass 8/10
Wielding a red sword 6/10
Being a green mother 4/10
For love of evil 10/10
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
This fifth installment of Incarnations of Immortality opens some years before the events of Wielding a Red Sword. It tells the story of Orb, the daughter of Niobe Kaftan. When she was five, Orb woke to the sound of a beautiful but mysterious melody and followed it. In time she learned that tis melody, called the Song of the Morning by most who knew of it and could hear it, was but one ffragment of a mysterious melody known as the Llano said to be te ultimate music. Years later Orb, now a young woman, embarks on a quest to learn as much as she can about this elusive song and, if possible, possess it. But Orb's quest for the Llano could bring danger, for it soon becomes apparent that Satan, Incarnation of Evil, has an interest in Orb and seeks to marry her in fulfillment of a prophecy made long before Orb's birth. The Llano itself also has its own dangers and, if handled improperly, could bring about the destruction of the entire world.
Unlike the first four volumes in the series, this book is not read by George Guidall. Fortunately however, Barbara Caruso has a pleasant voice for narration and a talent for expression, accents and dialects. She also has a fair singing voice, which is extremely fortunate considering the songs sprinkled liberally throughout the story. Even a good narrator can ruin a performance if they try to sing the songs in the story if they can't sing. Fortunately both George Guidall and Barbara Caruso have good singing voices. Needless to say I couldn't put it down for long.
I'm only on chapter 2, but I was driving down the road and jumped at one point because her voice made my ears hurt. Her sprite and hemadriad voices are just horrible. I think my dogs head tilted as she hit a volume level that only my dog could hear. While I love all things Piers Anthony, this narrator was absolutely not meant for this job.
I just expected more from the story since Mother Nature is supposed to be the most powerful of all the incarnations. It was very slow and at times I found the story rather boring. I had no interest in what happened to Orb
Barbara did a very good job
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