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Isis Orb

By: Piers Anthony
Narrated by: Brett Barry
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In Xanth, everyone has a talent. But that doesn't mean everyone loves his talent, and no one understands that better than Hapless. Endowed with the ability to conjure any instrument he wants, Hapless could be an extraordinary musician if only he could play a tune that didn't fall ear-piercingly flat. His one desire is to find an instrument he can play. When the Good Magician hears about Hapless's desperate desire, he sends the young man on a quest to find the elusive Isis Orb, a magical talisman that could fulfill his wish. Setting out to achieve the impossible, Hapless meets an eclectic mix of creatures that join him on his journey, all with wishes they hope the Isis Orb will grant.

©2016 Piers Anthony (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Xanth

Xanth is a wonderful series of books! I have loved them since I discovered them in my uncles bookcase at 13 years old. Ever since I have made sure to read each novel when it comes out.

Piers Anthony is a wonderful author who, I believe, is underrated. If you haven't started reading or listening to his novels I strongly recommend them. My first was "Man from Mundania".

Brett Barry was a wonderful choice of readers. his voice is easy to listen to. I wish he would read the entire Xanth series, including the ones that were recorded in the 80's.

Give this book a shot! You will love it!

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So Boring!

I remember reading the first 20 or so Xanth books and really enjoying them. But I think Mr. Anthony has taken this as far as it can go and beyond. And not in a good way. I really wanted to like this one, and I will at least try the next cpl of books. Maybe this was just a bad one.

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Great book BUT TERRIBLE AUDIO BOOK NARRATOR

Piers Anthony is fantastic as always and Xanth comes alive in this novel. Unfortunately, if you listen to it on audible, the audio book narrator's voice is fine for men, but TERRIBLE FOR WOMEN. Every woman character's voice is a new version of nasal terrible. It's so bad that I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through the remaining 9 hours... Hate to miss a good book and waste a credit for this.

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The book was great

The book was great but the Person reading needs to work on how to read a book and using voice for other characters I wish they had more of the Xanth Serses available

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Poor narration

Read way too fast, and his character voices could be hard to understand. Can not recommend this audio book

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Seemingly written by a horny adolecent.

I've heard Piers Anthony described as a mix between Robert Asprin and Terry Pratchett. This does a great diservice to both.
This book seems to have been written by a horny adolecent who thinks he is smarter than those around him.
The MC is named "Hapless Human" and is joined by a group of nearly identicle "crossbreeds". All of whom were outcast and lonely. They all understand each other and compliment each ad nauseum. That is, except one is jealouse of the MC affection dispite only knowing him less than a week and purportedly being suspicious of all men. They only want her "for her curves" as we are repetedly told.
Nothing can be said or done just once. Anything we are told must be demonstrated immediatly. Finally there us no challenge. Hapless is instructed to begin the quest, given a magical path that protects him from all harm, and each new companion is all too eager to join the merry band(pun intended) with just a trivial stalling tactic. The storytelling is abysmal.
All my complaints thus far would only make for a bad novel. The final straw is Piers' obsession with sex. Simply seeing a woman in her underwear paralyzes men, except when it doesn't for one contrived reason or another. Every new female is topless and the readers attention is directed toward any breasts ready on hand. If there was any actual sex scenes this book could be labled erotica and I could have saved my money as it is, im just bored.
As a final point, the narrator is not good either. Passibly bland with male voices, absolutly terrible with female, and so slow. I listened at 1.25 speed to get a normal rhythm.

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Average

If you are offended by anything in a Xanth novel, this is clearly your 1st time reading any of the books. If you really wanna be offended in today's modern times, by a fantasy novel, read any of the books in the Gor series. By John Norman.

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This author is always a hit.

I love this author, but the narrator was too nasally and monotone for my taste.

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My review

Great story, great read. so far all the books have been great. thats how I see it

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I'll be listening again!

This is a beautifully-couched allegory in the form of a fantasy quest. I've been a fan of Xanth for years, but I truly appreciated this volume as a man who struggles with self-confidence. I did think some of Isis' statements re Christianity are a bit overblown (that's quite a lot to conclude from similarity of artistic composition) but not out of line with what one might expect such a being to say. The storytelling is fairly standard Xanth while at the same time challenging Xanth's own conventions. Indeed, some direct comparisons could be made with how "A Spell For Chameleon" upended some common Fantasy tropes. Highly recommended for fans of the series... who of course do not need my opinion ;)

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