Great Opening Book
First rate job on the first book of the series which I read many years ago. The plot and sub-plots get more and more complex as things go forward, so it is going to be more and more difficult to do a good job in audio format.
Very good, but a feeling that is too expensive.
A very original story, very well told. Is different, very natural, doesn't waste too much time in explaining the whys of this sci-fi story.
But i still don't understand why is it broken into 10 parts. It should be 5 parts at the most.
It is therefore too expensive. I will wait for a promotion. If not, I won't continue reading the series.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
If I had read this in Junior High (We did not have middle school, when I was a kid) I would have liked it and reading it now would bring back good memories.
There is the great description of beautiful women, like the woman who had thighs like white marble. A hero who can tell rather a woman is a natural blonde or not. The fact that when you go from New York to Amber, your clothes change, your car dissolves, but you get to keep your cigarettes.
Woe is me, I did not read this in Junior High, so like weak beer, it was not enjoyable.
Entertaining Insane Ride
The moment when things turn fantastical and Corwin hurls an armchair across a room.
Random. The voice, combined with the author's writings, combines to make a great character, if a little weasly.
Gold may glitter, but nothing shines like Amber.
This is a great example of surreal fantasy.
I can't believe that THIS series was counted as one of my FAVORITE's for soooo long. Jeez. I JUST got book 1 ...with tons of trepidation. I have recently re-purchased a few books that I had put in that "Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy Books of All Time" category ....which did NOT live up to expectations. Well, just add another one to the bunch. I am amazed. I realize NOW that this was a mild precursor to George RR Martin's series: very early soap opera (a feuding fantasy royal family dancing across magic space, etc.). Wow. Don't get me wrong. The first time I read George RR Martin's books I was amazed. I loved them. It was when I went to re-read them to get up to speed for Feast Of Crows... that I realized how much I disliked them. To this day I haven't read Feast Of Crows...although I do own it. LOL. All the soap opera elements: double-crossing EVERYONE, adultery, murder, etc. etc. ... while the fantasy elements are pushed into the background. At least the Amber series was VERY mild in that aspect (that's why it was a precursor). The magic is MORE present than the soap opera.... or at least they're running even-Steven. Anyway.
The character development is very thin. The story is extremely dialog driven (and it's TV dialog nonetheless). Etc. Etc. Wow. I was SUCH a sucker. Apparently I was.... easily satisfied and at that.... with FLUFF! LOL.
if you would just sit quietly in a room by yourself with nothing but a candle from which to see and read The Chronicles of Amber you would be there every step of the journey with Corwin and the rest of the spectaular cast of characters that are so vividly portrayed by Mr Zelazny . I read the nine princes in Amber when I was in the 4th grade and he captured my imagination so grandly so enthusiastically I remember the book 20 years later and researched and researched and research ed until I finally came across the chronicles of Amber and has been since the 4th grade I am now 56 years old I still remember every word that I read in the 4th grade thank you Mr Zelazny writing such great literature entertaining so many people in the world God bless you we mourn your passing I wish to meet you one day when this world is gone and perhaps heaven will be just a little bit like Amber and we can all meet and tell great stories together
Audio Addict Capt Kirk
Its not the Wheel of Time but it was good enough to give me hope for the next book.
I struggled with the lack of description and exposition to give any real explanation of what was happening and why it was happening. Perhaps due to the fact that with a first person narrator, the things the main character was intimately familiar with would not spare for much thought.
Though, at times it was clear that the main character seemed to be speaking directly to the audience and therefore some further explanation of what was happening might have been relevant.
The story itself was gripping enough despite those things, and I will certainly be reading the second one.