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Summary

When life seems pointless to Norton, he accepts the position of Incarnation of Time. With the other incarnations - Death, Fate, War, and Nature - already distracting him, Satan springs a cunning trap.

Bearing an Hourglass is a fascinating, richly imagined tale that reaches beyond genre conventions. Science-fiction/fantasy legend Piers Anthony combines a gripping plot with a serious and thought-providing study of good and evil.

Don't miss the other books in the Incarnations of Immortality series.
©1985 Piers Anthony Jacob (P)1996 Recorded Books

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  • Don
  • 08-12-07

A bit saucy, and full of Zest

The second in the series, this story continues w/ the Incarnations and follows the pattern from A Pale Horse. APH was a bit funnier, and BAHG is a bit more science oriented. The devil is up to his usual great tricks, characters are great, science is mostly believable, and the puns are good.

Can't wait for the next in the series!

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  • joe
  • 23-08-07

Intricate

Second in the series, this is a challenging book to follow, however a must read for those who bite in to the "Luna" saga. Do not miss the authors note at the end! On its own this book doesn't have the punch of On a Pale Horse, but is fill so many gaps needed to truly understand the strange view of Piers' Incarnations. Don't pass this one up, in will entertain as well as educate.

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  • Cliff
  • 11-02-14

OK. Just didn't hold up as well as I remembered

This is the second book in the series. It is typical Piers Anthony writing. It is light on character development and more about problem solving. I'd say this is one of those series that reads more like a transcript of a role playing game session than a novel. It isn't bad, it isn't great. It is a passable read. I loved ythis series as a child. Maybe it is more for young adults because it didn't hold up as well as I remember. If you like Piers Anthony you will like this one. If not, you won't. it isn't bad, but it isn't anything to write home about either.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 08-04-13

Well done.

Bearing an Hourglass is the second installment of Anthony's Incarnations of Imortality series. It is set some years after On a Pale Horse. As the story opens, the solitary, nomadic Norton is enjoying a camping trip when he's paid a visit by a ghost who makes a strange request. The ghost, a young dragonslayer named Gawain who met is demise in battle with a dragon that actually turned out to be a dinosaur, is married to a young woman who lives on and enjoys all the benefits of Gawain's estate in exchange for producing an heir. Gawain's request is that Norton meet the girl and sire said heir. Though reluctant, Norton agrees to meet the young woman, Orlene. He quickly discovers that Orlene has the peculiar ability to see a person's aura, which manifests itself in the form of a glow, and to know the character of that individual based on that glow. Despite his best efforts Norton becomes attracted to Orlene and as Gawain hopes impregnates her. Not long after the birth, however, Gawain reappears with devastating news that ultimately causes Orlene to commit suicide. As compensation, the ghost arranges for the grieving Norton to have the chance to assume the office of Chronos, the Incarnation of Time. Though reluctant, Norto takes up the Hourglass and soon finds himself embroiled in the endless struggle againstSatan, the Incarnation of Evil, who seems bent on discrediting or otherwise neutralizing an influencial senator who could prove to be his greatest foe. Only time will tell if Norton will have what it takes to avoid Satan's subtle snares and keep Seator Kaftan safe from harm.
All in all this was an excellent story. I've always enjoyed Piers Anthony's writing and George Guidall does a fine job narrating this tale. If ou haven't already done so I heartily recommend this series, particularly the first four books. These are On a Pale Horse, Bearing an Hourglass, With a Tangled Skein and Wielding a Red Sword. The rest are Being a Green Mother, For Love of Evil, And Eternity and most recently Under a Velvet Cloak, though this last is not currently available from Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-18

great book

Loved it, great book. The science behind it was pretty close to the theories today.

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  • Lego Man
  • 03-05-18

masterful...

Great complex plot, excellent character development. Really liked how the adversary is baulk. love the series, Guidall shines in reading fantasy- great characterization if the adversary!

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  • John Schwarz
  • 05-04-18

A good book

Interesting as always, a little technical in the middle, but overall an engaging story. Later

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  • charles
  • 21-03-18

I guess I'm not a true fan

I somewhat enjoyed Book 1, which is why I got Book 2, but what a chore listening. I found Book 2 a collection of events and concepts involving time flowing forward and backward with convoluted explainations as to how, what, why, but especially when something had happened, is happening or would happen. The interactions Chronos had/has/will have with many charaters to be have been tedious and pointless to the point of agony. I don't think I'll be getting the rest of the series.

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  • Alice Benham
  • 15-03-18

The books fit together yet can stand alone

Where does Bearing an Hourglass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is hard to rank such a work of awesomeness.

What did you like best about this story?

Consistency with the first book, and making a confusing situation not frustrating but interesting. Just the right amount of WOW.

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

George Guidall is the BEST. His voices, and timing when reading are perfect. I read these books back in the late 80's and I thought they were good then, Mr. Guidall puts a special spin on it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I REALLY enjoyed the humor in this one, these books all have a laugh here and there, but this one really shines. LOL Laugh out Loud, I did indeed.

Any additional comments?

I AM SO happy these books are audio now. I loved them when I read them the first time, and I love them even more now that I am hearing them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-17

Overall a worth while story

This is the second book in the "Incarnations of Immortality" series and as such I found it to be a good follow up to the 1st book and helps cements the concepts laid down. However I found this book to be a bit lack luster compared to the 1st one a lot of the same themes come up but I feel they were better handled in the first one. I also felt like Zane (Death from the first book) lacked the personality that made him such a compelling character