Avid Reader and Listener. Favorite Genres are Fantasy, Science Fiction, Bios, Mystery, and books on Leadership. Chile of the 70s.
The first several chapters of this book pull you in utterly. The character development achieved by Zelazny is outstanding. There is a slow building tension in the book that initially seems reality based then slowly shifts into the sci fi genre. It takes a while to figure out what is going on, however, once the "rules" of Amber are made clear, its game on for story time.
Corbin is focus of the story in the initial Amber books, the later books focus on his son Merlin. This book introduces you to Corbin and the other members of the Royal Family of Amber. Corbin is my favorite character, not because he is the focus, because he is the most easy to relate to. The faults revealed in Corbin's character are as appealing as his virtues.
When Corbin walks the pattern and his memory begins to return is the best part of the book for me. This is when the back story of many of his siblings begin to emerge.
Yes. In fact I want all of the Amber books to be released in one comprehensive performance.
I listen to audiobooks regularly. I have a special place in my heart for Roger Zelazny as he was the first science fiction author I ever read. I tore into his stories of Amber with a great amount of zeal as a young man. The premise of shaping reality by mere force of will through infinite possibility was so enticing to me. The series backdrop is so well thought out that it allows for anything to happen, any plot to evolve any twist to take root. Roger Zelazny masterfully takes advantage of this in all of his Amber books. The story elements of family relations, politics, the romance of combat by blade, cunning and force of intellect. The underlying themes of balance in all things, Chaos and Order, Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, these books are all simply outstanding.
Roger Zelazny was a wonderful, gifted writer. If you like science fiction/fantasy he wrote some unbelievable stories. I am so glad that this series has made it to Audible. The series is as fresh for me now as it was forty years ago when I started reading it. I can't recommend it enough. It is pointless to talk about one of these books in a vacuum. You must read the first six books as one story. The second six are not as good, but I still enjoy them. I can only hope that more of the works of Mr. Zelazny will be coming to Audible in the near future.
I have made a point to read this entire series every few years every since I discovered them as a teenager. This series and Zelazny's writing really resonate with me. Superb and well worth the time
I have listened to previous "book on tape" versions of this series before and they were passable, but Alessandro breaths new life into the story. His character voicing is fantastic and his characterizations are spot on
Truly looking forward to the second half of the series and Wil Wheaton's performance
beautifully written and read!
Corwin...the master of his own domain
an undertone of credence to a wonderful story
i loved the time in the dungeon when Corwin has lost his sight
so excited that the Amber/Courts of Chaos series has come to life in a new format
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
The story centers on 1 of 9 princes of Amber who is fighting his siblings for the throne. The story intertwines many worlds all of which are various realities of what Amber could be. Twists & turns keep it interesting. This is one of those series where the end of book 1 doesn't conclude anything so it looks like this will be a multiple book commitment to get down to the end. Not really my favorite structure but I will listen to the next book at some point. Not sure if this was the author's 1st book but the verbaige is a little choppy with back to back short sentences. Hopefully that will improve as the series progresses.
The progression of the story line was original.
None. Very good narration. All the character voices are distinct.
A. J. Did a great job of bringing the characters to life.
The coronation of Eric.
This was one of my favorite books when I read the paperback. Alessandro Juliani has made it one of my favorite Audible books as well.
I have requested this book for many years from Audible. I am so glad they were finally able to work with the publisher to make this fantastic story avaialbe to it's listeners. I have read this story many times and began reading when in the fourth grade. Roger was truly one of the masters, even if he is overlooked when reviewers begin comparing current works in the science fiction and fantasy genre. What a n amazing story teller. Roger narrated this story prior to his death in an abridged format with suncoast productions that i purchased on cassette many years ago. Although I enjoyed Rogers narration better than Alessandro, Alessandro did a wonderful job with voice differentiation and has a good rhythm and annunciation. Please enjoy as much as I have.
I'll admit it, I have been a longtime fan of the Chronicles of Amber, in fact since I was in high school and finally found something I loved in the Library. I read the first five books like they were coal to my flame. As a gamer, I still play Amber Diceless Roleplaying (and still attend their conventions well after that game went out of print).
So I'm biased. You should know where I'm coming from after all.
But the Chronicles, in particular the first half of them (Books 1-5, which is Corwin's tale at the edge of Chaos; the underlying conceit of the first chronicles is that it is all a sort of extended flashback with Corwin as his own narrator) have earned a special place in my heart for a reason. I would recommend them to others, and in fact have done so many times. I have gone so far as to buy them for others as gifts. They are that good, and this is the first part.
A note on the narration: At first, I was not sure. I thought Corwin should have more weight, more gravitas. But as I listened to the books, more and more I got over that. Alessandro Juliani does a great job with the characters, he differentiates them relatively well with a few exceptions (his Lord Rein and Prince Random are not identical, but they are close; but luckily they share no scenes together in the books so that is immaterial). I would very definitely not think twice about getting a book that was given voice by this narrator. Kudos, Mr. Juliani, and to quote the meta-narrator (Corwin himself) "...you will be remembered in Amber forever!"
I read this book in high school...........the story was great! 4 stars! The Narrator made story come alive and added to great writing. 5 stars!
He made the characters live.
The walking of the pattern.
Avid reader, Author, web developer, Dad
Most certainly I would like to listen again. This series is one of my very favorite stories of all time, and this new reading is beautiful, full of life and personality. Each character feels vibrant with Alessandro's reading. I had the Roger Zelazny reading, and while the man was a genius, he lacked the flair to really bring his characters to life in the reading. I am glad to own this!
This book, and this story is incomparable to most other stories and you quickly can tell why through Corwin's eyes as he rediscovers his incredible powers. This series is undefinable as far as genre goes, because it's sci-fi AND high fantasy. It has cunning political intrigue, epic battles, swashbuckling mixed with the twin 'magics' of high technology and deep ritual magick.
The opening scene struck me as most memorable and is what originally drew me into the rest of the series when I was a boy. Waking up in a hospital bed, who am I? What has happened to me? And more importantly, who is chasing me and why?
Don't make this a film. Please no. It would be ruined, I'm sure.