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.
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.
This is a series that I could listen to, on repeat for the rest of my life. Non-stop. A must read/listen to series that will change the way you view the world.
Roger Zelazny's great Amber series work comes alive again through Audio books. I am able to once again enjoy the stories in the audio form. Very well done!
I read this series over 15 years ago and was enthralled. Now I'm listening and it is still great!!!
There was not a moment's disappointment in the vocal interpretation. For everyone who knows you're Corwin, Prince of Amber, Jupiter will not be disappointed.
I listened to this many years ago as it was read by the author. He lacks the capacity for multiple voices that Juliani brings to it, but I think that's all to the good. Juliani gives each brother a different accent, often exaggeratedly so. Zelazny made them all run together. Everyone sounded the same, in an almost bored, been-there manner. If that meant less artistry, it also meant a truer interpretation of the work. These guys are virtually interchangeable in their cruelty, and I think that was part of what Zelazny was after. Characterizing them like this dampens the noir foundation of the books.
I’m came back to this one after 20 years, and after it had grown in my memory as one of the best fantasy novels I’d ever read. The good news: this absolutely holds up. If you don’t know Amber, then put it on your list. It’s an accomplishment right up there with anything in the genre.
It’s particularly rewarding to revisit the book in the wake of George R.R. Martin’s recent success. I can see a good bit of Martin’s vision growing out of Zelazny’s. As I read them, they are the two most successful fantasy series to take place in, essentially, amoral universes. Neither gives us anyone who really comes across as a “good guy.” Neither privileges the point-of-view character(s) as somehow better than his or her rivals. Corwin may develop some compassion, but he is still generally indifferent to mortal suffering. He may feel bad about sacrificing a quarter of a million “shadow dwellers” in the service of his ambition, but he never lets it ruin his day.
The central difference between Martin and Zelazny, though, is that Martin’s moral neutrality comes from a sense of realpolitik, a post-Cold War sensibility in which all sides are capable of harming others. Zelazny’s comes from an older, hardboiled sentiment: the world is cold and indifferent, and everyone is ultimately a son-of-a-bitch. Once you embrace that foundational truth, you can have a lot of fun.
And this is fun. If it isn’t as sprawling as Martin’s work, it’s much more efficient. (The first five Amber novels combined are probably not much longer than the first Game of Thrones book.) It begins as an almost conventional noir story: an amnesiac wakes to discover he’s being drugged against his will in a private “hospital.” We learn his history at the same time he does. It turns out to be a huge history, one that implicitly stands at the heart of many of the mythologies we know in the West. Corwin and his siblings have been interfering in Earthly affairs for centuries, yet we humans can glimpse them only in shadowy form and cannot hope to comprehend what their one true world of Amber looks like.
You’ll know whether the genre interests you. If it does, give this one a shot. It’s short, adrenaline-fueled, and can stand alone. If you get hooked, though, there’s a lot more where it came from, and you’ll introduce yourself to one of the real masters.