Time after time, life after life, Cory Maddox was being incarnated into worlds he found both familiar and strangely different. And only in this latest incarnation did Cory bring along knowledge, skills, and memories of his previous existence - memories of cold betrayal that promised nothing he saw or felt could be trusted. Nor could he trust his companions who, like himself, kept moving from life to life trying to escape the endless cycle. But it was only with the help of those companions that Cory could develop the technological means to peer beyond the veil of reality - to the shadowy figures whom he was sure were manipulating reality... if what he was experiencing actually was reality.
Time was running out. His memories gave him an advantage over the others, but he would have to act quickly and surely if he were to discover the truth - before truth itself could no longer be trusted....
©1996 Jack L. Chalker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The last three pages of the book are missing from the recording. Admittedly, not a lot of lost detail, but when you go "What the heck?" it's not you. I pulled out my paper copy to check.
Not a reason to skip the book though. It's a great yarn, and the rollercoaster setup of the first book is in full swing - and hold your horses for the next one. This book does NOT stand alone - you need to hear the whole three-volume novel.
How do you react when it turns out that you aren't who you thought you were? And then it turns out you aren't who you found out you were? And everyone else knew it? And then they were wrong?
But I'd give up my hair for god-like powers, too.
Very well. He's still weak on voices, but since this series is told in the first person and he gets that voice right, it works pretty well. He seems more comfortable in this series than in some others I've heard. He simply can't voice women, though. Got any books set in a monastery he can read?
It would be nearly impossible to do - though it would be a great story if they could. People keep getting their bodies changed, their genders swapped, their height and weight and hair color (or lack thereof) changed - and later, even their species. If they could do this with state of the art digital animation it could be staggering. Until then, yikes, unless you can find great actors all of whom have look-alike brothers and sisters….
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