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
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!
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 travel a great deal in remote locations throughout the western US and listen to great deal of audio in various genres.
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!"