I was looking for a good series of books to listen to on car trips that are about 5-6 hours long and this series seemed perfect. Since it is a long series of books in a genre I love with pretty good reviews I picked up the first 2 books during one of Audible's promotions.
Now after having listened to the first book I regret owning the second. Unlike many of the positive reviews I read on this site I did not read the book long ago so my impression is not warped by nostalgia.
The characters have little depth, large events are rushed through, and the narration by Alessandro Juliani is mediocre at best. I found myself with no attachment to the main character Corwin and his other family members are equally uninteresting. Not enough information was ever given about Amber itself for me to care about who rules it so the story arc of Corwin trying to retake it held no suspense for me. Battles were rushed through with little detail and in the end I found myself just wanting the book to be over so I could spend my time listening to something better.
Alessandro Juliani wasn't horrible and he does do a variety of voices, but his narration as the main character Corwin is stiff and boring. It made it seem like Corwin cared as little about the outcome of the story as I did. I wouldn't shy away from other Juliani narrations though because I could tell that he has the talent to do a better job with different material.
So my advice would be to steer clear unless you have fond memories from having already read the book as those reviewers seem to be very satisfied with this offering.
Yes, I really liked the book a lot. I would like to finish the series; however, there are a lot of short books. When you have to buy 10 short books for the full price of 10 books the price is bad.
Great book, but for my book dollar I will move somewhere else.
I've read the stories years ago, and love them. But the narrator in this book is horrible. He is forcing accents on characters that don't have them, with little thought of how they match the characters. A high pitched nasal whine for Random, a British aristocrat for Ganelon, an inconsistent souther accent for Dara, and most bizarre of all a Texan accent for Benedict.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
I loved this story. It was snarky and action packed. I'll definitely be listening to the next book!
Alessandro Juliani, who narrated the first half of the series, from Corwin's pov, did a really good job of capturing the tone and attitude of Zelazny's writing.
Wil Wheaton, narrating the books from the pov of Merlin, son of Corwin, pick that up and also does a great job. I never have trouble distinguishing which character is speaking at any given moment, he remembers inflections and accents that he gives bit parts and keeps them consistent.
Zelzany's writing is always an interesting mix of whimsical, edgy, and inventive. Sometimes the descriptions of landscapes go on and on, but by and large this is a very enjoyable and original series.
In audio at last Alessandro Juliani reading is very good,let you known who talking thouthout the story!
Hear about this series many year ago just never got round to it first book is very good.
It had been a long time since I had read the book, and it was fun revisiting it through the eyes of someone else.
Corwin. He is the protagonist, and the story revolves around him.
This is probably my all time favorite fantasy series that I read in book form previously. Nine Princes is the perfect first book for the series. The narrator did a good job but would have like to had Wil Wheaton to all 10 books of Amber. The story shines through though. Loved it.
Zelazny crafted a very orginal take on the Fantasy genre and the dialogue is great
I loved the ending of the story and the promise it holds for more
Get this, it's definitely worth the credit
I do things!
The though of manipulating "shadows" is a great story idea
His meter and delivery with his own voices makes this book come to life with an edge I had not realized when I read the series 30+ years ago.
Walk the pattern
Listening made this book new again. Thank you!