• Virtual Mode

  • Mode Series, Book 1
  • By: Piers Anthony
  • Narrated by: Mark Winston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Colene does not know what to think of the stranger she has rescued. Darius tells her he has traveled from "his reality" to find her. In proving to Colene that other worlds do exist, he uses up the power of the artifact that would allow them to travel back to his universe.

They must try a slower, more dangerous method: the creation of a four-dimensional universe. Darius picks five anchor points in five different universes to set up a skew path, a "virtual mode," on which the anchors can walk.

Thus begins a tale of romance, danger, adventure, and intrigue as the two travel through a myriad of alternate realities where anything is possible.

Anthony à la Mode: listen to Book 2 and Book 3 in this series.
©2008 Piers Anthony (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fresh, imaginative." ( Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about Virtual Mode

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    2 out of 5 stars

Yawn!

Boy, I read the whole Incarnations of Immortality series and loved it! What rich writing! I expected more of the same from this series but could not even get through Part 1. It just ho-hummed along. The narration was flat, the story was flat. Flat, flat, flat. Narration was like listening to the reading of an instructional manual.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Incomplete but Good

There is lots of physics and plains theory in the book, but it has a good story line and characters. ** Be warned that this book is incomplete and you will need to get the other Mode books to get the entire story. There are also discussions of sex with under aged girls, rape, and suicide so be warned (All the same things teens experience so it should come to no shock to many).** Piers Anthony writes good stories that tie in very well if you like long epic or characters popping in and out so this is a good book.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Story excellent but much too perverted.

I would have given the story 5 stars - it is imaginative and makes you think - especially the last couple chapters.

However, the main character is 14, yet there are strong sexual themes surrounding her. I found this very disturbing. Also, sex or the female body was brought up every 5 minutes it seemed! Yet.. I have yet to figure out what the main male character even looks like. I don't think he was ever fully described.

I *highly* discourage this to young readers.

Also, the main female lead is definitely "emo" at the beginning. She doesn't stay that way, thankfully.

All that said... I am still going to get the sequel.

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Love the Author, Hate the Narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Virtual Mode to be better than the print version?

Not at all.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

I'm very sorry to say that this is the wrong narrator for this book. First of all, the protagonist is a 14 year old girl. Yes, there is POV from other characters (a 20 something male, a 60 something woman, a telepathic horse (so obviously a deep male tone)), but Colene the hero! I was a teenager when I first read it and listening to it again brings me back. However, I keep getting jarred out of the story with problems like mispronouncing macabre (it's mah-cah-b), making Colene's voice too snotty, saying "home in on" instead of "hoan in on". Now, that last one may be in the publication incorrectly, and I'll have to check, but come on, it's Piers Anthony! He's been writing FOREVER! He's got talented editors and rarely makes mistakes like that, especially when the rest of the book is so much more intelligent than that.

All in all, I prefer to read this with my own versions of the characters voices, but it is nice to sit back, close my eyes, and go back in time to an angst-riddled time and imagine, once again, traveling through the modes with Colene, Darius, Seqiro and Burgess. I learned a new appreciation for complex theory in the mandelbrot set and rode horses more. I will always hold this story dear to myheart. Thank you Piers!

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    2 out of 5 stars

Xanth by a different name

This is aobut like the Xanth series (I enjoyed the 1st 10 books on Xanth), but with a really whinny girl as one of the main character. So if you are into whinny read it, otherwise forget it.

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Another imaginative series begins

Anthony seems to.have an infinite
capacity to create whole new universes.
Expect the original tale to.have only internal consistency.


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not one of Piers Anthonys best but not to bad

you cant go wrong with Piers Anthony.
i have everything by Piers Anthony from here and love them all.
tho i do like this one it may not be for everyone.
try the first book and if you like it then your ok for the rest of the Series.

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Shockingly Chauvinistic

Would you try another book from Piers Anthony and/or Mark Winston?

I am still interested in listening to the Xanth series if it become available.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something better than this book.

What didn’t you like about Mark Winston’s performance?

The performance was flat and monotone, like a college calculus lecture.

What character would you cut from Virtual Mode?

Hmm, tough choice: the pedophiliac joy wizard, the suicidal girl, the talking horse... all of them.

Any additional comments?

When I was in high school, I had enjoyed reading A Spell for Chameleon and was looking to find that book on Audible, but since it wasn't available, I picked this book. I didn't finish it. The book espouses very sexist themes and (SPOILER) is basically about a man (divorced multiple times) who travels across dimensions to find his true love who turns out to be a 14 year old girl, who is a rape victim, suicidal, and cutting herself. Much of the inner dialog of the main characters is an attempt to justify the sexist, pedophiliac themes in the book (such as the girl thinking that maybe her rape was fun). While the method of traveling through the dimensions is novel and interesting, the blatant, superficial male chauvinism in the book is nauseating. Had the topics in this book been dealt with in any kind of thoughtful manner, it might have been interesting, but I couldn't finish it and this is only the second book I ever decided not to finish.

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Typical Piers, from a suicidal character view

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I enjoyed this book, and consider it time well spent considering I listened during my long commute. Still this isn't the best story that Piers Anthony has ever brought to me.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Hard to say, I guess if it was longer. It ended very quickly.

Could you see Virtual Mode being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

There have been other shows that dabble in virtual realities (Sliders/Quantum Leap,etc ..) If this were to ever go on TV, it would probably make a good mini series. Not sure who the stars of that series could be.

Any additional comments?

Some things are TOO convenient in this book. You will ask yourself certain questions and they are answered in a typical Piers Anthony type fashion. "How did you know that?" .. "oh ... well I can read your mind."

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Could not make it through chapter 4

What would have made Virtual Mode better?

This book seemed to be condoning pedophilia. It was fantasy alright. A grown man wanting a 14 year old girl to fall in love with him!

Would you ever listen to anything by Piers Anthony again?

NEVER

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I guess I just figure that a narrator would read what they like, so.......

What character would you cut from Virtual Mode?

all of them

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  • Jose Espinosa
  • 04-23-09

Computer Narrated?

While the story is engaging and well put together the narrative on this is terrible. It sounds as if it was auto-narrated by computer simulated voice. So much so that i could only stomach about 40 mins before I had to turn it off for good. Not up to his novel's usual standards. I purchased this book after listening to all of his incarnations series (which were superbly narrated), and only feel let down by this. I wish I could get my credit back!

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  • Benjamin
  • 04-14-17

Great first book

Would you listen to Virtual Mode again? Why?

So much depth in each character and some really hard hitting situations

Any additional comments?

Some self harm and assault mentions may be triggering for some listeners.

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