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've been a fan of Roger Zelazny's Amber series since I discovered it decades ago, and was delighted to discover this new, unabridged adaptation of his masterwork. Alessandro Juliani does a great job as narrator, capturing Corwin's voice and personality well, and while some of his vocal choices for the rest of the family take a moment's getting used to, he manages to imbue each character with a distinctive voice and manner that draws you into the tale. Listening to the opening volume once more, I remember again why I was so drawn to this world, and can't wait to work my way through all ten books in the series. This one's definitely a must-have if you're an Amber fan, and if you're unfamiliar with the tales of the immortal city at the heart of all things, you're in for a treat.
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.
Random... what a spineless snake... reminds me of my last boss...
Great voices for characters
At first I thought "The author has won like 9 hugo awards??? Ok, it's gotta be good."
Thats pretty accurate, I really liked it. The narrator is really good. I really get the different voices he uses for the characters. The story is interesting, really well thought out. Loved the plot... I'm hooked... On to the next one!
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I read this series when it was first published and have re-read it at least twice since. Lately I have little time to actually sit down with a book so have become an audio book adict. For nearly the full six years I've been an Audible member I've wished they had this series so I could enjoy it again. As soon as I saw the notice that it was finally available I downloaded and listened to this first in the series. Alessandro did a fantastic job bringing the world and characters to life. If, like me, you're a fan and have been waiting for the Audible version you will not be disappointed. If you've never read them, don't wait any longer. As for me... I'm off to listen to the next book in the series.