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.
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.
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.
Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up.
I read these many years ago, and i enjoyed listening to drink in the entire story.This was good to go back to after Charlie Stross' Merchant Princes series. but 1 credit for 5 hours. that is a bit expensive for a series that has been around for years.
Where ever you go, there you are...
Let me preface by saying the STORY/concept was great. I could see where the author intends things to go and if executed, it could be a great tale. Unfortunately, the pacing and details in book 1 were wasted. The story starts off quick and intriguing. Gets you to care about the character's mystery that you assume the book will expand on.... he experiences his reality and gets clues as to who he is and suddenly he knows himself again. You don't know him any better in this revelation as he doesn't actually change. The only difference is he knows his life again... that's it. Wasted opportunity. Afterwards, he does some more things, lists out numbers and characters and details like line items on a grocery receipt. You're expected to care about what happened but they just happen, you don't feel anything for it. Then suddenly, its over and it closes in the last bit with an underwhelming end to what could have been a great standalone novel.
This book series was suggested to me by a close friend and we're usually on the same page with these kind of things. What she didn't tell me is you really need to give the book a 3-5 book run to get the arc, the development and the world. Had they sold the series as a 3-5 book bundle back to back, i may have given it a chance. As it is, this book feels like a loss of 6 hours ...