Having read the Amber series as each book was published, I have read them all many times, each time seeing something new. This rendition is better than reading the book myself.
Corwin has always been one of my literary heroes, in a similar vein to the reluctant heroes of Moorcock's work and to Howard's Conan. But Corwin's time on earth and his suffering takes us through a journey of his desire for the throne and his jealousy of his siblings becoming one man's development of compassion and duty.
Mr Juliani's performance gives the listener a variety of voices to suit the characters, always an important point for me. He brings to life not just the characters but the settings not matter how mundane or exoticv they are.
Absolutely I would listen to this book again. Why? Because it's an interesting set up. You have your Princes and Princess of a place called Amber. Amber is the center point of all worlds/realities and you would think they would all get along to make sure the land is safe to keep the worlds and realities safe.
Wrong. :) The family is all in an argument and a battle over who gets to be the successor to the ancient throne of their father... who just walked out one day and didn't come back. At least, they are pretty sure he is not coming back. Combine some magic, and some intrigue and an enemy that seems to be more powerful than the all powerful family and you got yourself an interesting puzzled told from the eyes of one of the Princes.
I enjoy Corwyn, the main character. The story is told through his eyes, and he does pause to give little stories to fill in why some of the family members do not get along. What's more, you can tell the character is growing up as the story goes on. He changes some of his attitudes as the story grows thicker and thicker. That sort of subtle development is something fascinating to watch. As times get harder, he changes some of his ways.
But some ways... still remain the same.
His voice for the main character was very spot on for me. I also like how he portrayed female voices which is very difficult to pull off.
I rampantly laughed and enjoyed the book. It was something that caused me to smile while I was listening at work. The polite interaction between the family members that was required before they could get down to business just make me giggle. (Rules are rules after all!) And the way the main character just lays out the circumstances as they were happening is also very fun to listen to. The explanation of how he got out of the insane asylum early on in the book by calmly discussing the circumstance with the main manger of the facility made me just burst out laughing.
I did not know if I would enjoy this book at all. It is definitely worth listening to. I would highly recommend it for those who enjoy classic fantasy as well as a more male centered voice to a story without being over bearing about it. Great recommend for husbands, boyfriends, sons, and nephews....the preteen to adult males of your life!
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 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.
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.
Ferret on speed
I ablsolutely loved this story. I had read it (in Text) over 20 years ago. So i was really looking forward to having it in my audio library.Talk about a let down. I don't know who chose Juliani as the narrator but for a story told in the first person it was quite a mistake. Maybe i'm off here...maybe this is the fault of the director & not the narrator, but the dialog was stilted & chopped. on several occasions i was confinced this book was recorded on tape and accidentally sped up during much of the dialog.For the rest of this series, I will stick to re-reading these in text.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
First-I start with a three stars and move from there.
This book never moved.
Complicated alternative universe with the hero moving thru the narrative cycle while suffering from amnesia. Forgettable book, too.
I won't be pursuing any further in the series and suggest that unless you are a huge fan of Zelazny you look for the better stories here on Audible. 😱
I love Roger Zelazny. I've read the series long ago and it was one of my favorites. I thought it was time to experience it again. With hopes high, I went for it. Sadly, I was very disappointed with Alessandro Juliani. How he could make so many characters sound like they should be cartoon rats in Brooklyn was disturbing. So disturbing that I'll have to read the books again instead of listening. Sorry Alessandro, I just can't do another one.
An all time favorite, good production values.
Way too expensive to read the entire series. Each of the 10 short novels make up what should be two (great) books. Give us at least an excuse to spend our credits. Thank you Audible