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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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  • Cliff
  • 11-02-14

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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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 07-05-13

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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  • Jake
  • 04-04-08

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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  • John Schwarz
  • 10-05-18

Cool book

interesting and romantic story that is well preformed with a real kicker on an ending

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  • Azazel
  • 10-05-18

Great Story

some of the audio kept skipping buy I still enjoyed it. Very good story and sad too.

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  • Merryfan
  • 01-12-17

a must read series

enjoyed the way the narrators telling brought it to life. one of the best series I have read and listened to.

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  • Kytrena vedder
  • 11-05-17

great read ...love how the pieces just align

love how the pieces just align together...ita like you are reading a entire novel broken up into several parts

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  • Vince
  • 26-02-17

Excellent

This book was amazing. P. Anthony never fails to create something other worldly in a sense none of us have ever imagined. And especially being in the mindset of the previous books, this one had a plot twist I just did not see coming fully. I find it very hard to find a book that is so unpredictable and amazing at the same time.

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  • Thomas Aloi
  • 13-04-16

Awesome Book

The reader was awesome and the book was great. Really enjoyed listening to another incarnations book.. 1 more to finish the series..

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  • PhoenixCodes
  • 15-01-16

The narrator is not worth the quality of the story

As expected of Anthony, a wonderful story. It fits perfectly into the Incarnations series.

For some reason the narrator was changed between the last book and this, and I cannot say it is for the better. The narrator reads well, but has trouble controlling both her volume and pitch, making several key story elements hard to understand.

At a decent volume for the majority of the story, there are both volume spikes that hurt the ears, and places that were completely unintelligible.

The same holds true for pitch, and while lower tones are fine, this narrator does have some shrill, ear-stabbing parts as well.

In short, I highly dislike the narration, but because it's 5 books into the series, and I am entranced by Piers Anthony, I must listen to it and put up with the narrator's faults.