Being a Green Mother

Incarnations of Immortality, Book Five
Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
Series: Incarnations of Immortality, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (722 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Orb is four years old when she first hears the wonderful music of the morning. Gifted with a magic that makes her songs irresistible anytime she sings or plays the harp, she spends her life seeking the source of the mystical music that controls all things. After years spent with gypsies and traveling shows, Orb finally feels she's getting somewhere when she hooks up with the Livin' Sludge, a rock band that could use all the magic they can find. Unfortunately, there's still the pesky little matter of a prophecy to deal with - the prediction that Orb will someday marry Evil, the devil himself.

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.

Don't miss the other books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.
©1987 Piers Anthony Jacob (P)2000 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"This conclusion to one of Anthony's most popular series abounds with the author's love for logical conundrums and coy humor." ( Library Journal)

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The series is consistant

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.

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what's up with the sound editing with this one?

story was great, and it further my interest with the entire story line of the books, however, whoever edited the audible recording didn't really listen to it. the chapters don't line up with the book chapters and it seemed like the narrator was cut off from the end of each one and then immediately starts up the next with no pausing. also volume seemed to go in and out.

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Being a Green Mother

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.

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Slow at times, but resounding finish.

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.

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don't get me wrong

reader missing parts of the book skips sentences but the book is excellent and good

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Human traits defined

I wish I could impress upon you the depth Piers goes through to define humanity, life, death, reason, and outcome in a few words, but it is impossible. Piers is known as a writer for young adults due to the explanations of life and its consequences, but in these days I wish more adults would read almost anything he writes. Orb’s story of becoming the green mother will keep you baited with every turn of events. In the end the depth of love is defined and something is given to aspire too. W

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good story but

love the story but the uneven gaps for the chapter starts was quite annoying. can't wait to see what is next.

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missing the author's note

books 1--3 and 7 have the author's note but it is missing from this book

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Excellent world building and performance

I was left pretty excited for reading the rest of the incarnations of immortality books because the world building is fairly well done. The performance was pretty genuine as well and you could tell she really got into it. That being said, I felt the story was lacking something. Compared to the one about death (On a Pale Horse), this one felt more like a soap opera. Overall, it was still good. I'd still recommend it.

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Wonderful! Love these!

Loved it. The narrator was awesome and I am looking forward to the next two!