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.
This book was interesting until the main character got his memory back. Before that, the story was full of possibility. After that, it was clear that the characters would never stop being two dimensional. They have little enough personality that there is no reason to care who rules in Amber, or to see that it makes a difference at all.
The narrator is generally cool and nonchalant, which works well at the beginning when the main character is putting up a strong front to hide his amnesia. But after that, in the rare moments where something actually causes Corwin to experience emotion, the narration stays plain and clipped, adding to the two-dimensional nature of the story.
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
This, the first book of the first Chronicles of Amber, is flawed. There's not doubt about it. It's thin in places you don't want it to be and a few of the fictional world's internal workings are suspiciously inconsistent. EVEN SO, I love this series. I've read it 5 or 6 times through since discovering it as a teen and, despite a critical adult eye, I still love them. They move quickly, have lots of twists, and are just good, escapist fun.
Now, regarding the narrator. Alessandro really overdoes it. He gives everyone a different voice, even a palace guard who will only ever speak two lines in the entire five books. And each voice seems more suited to a Saturday morning animated version of the story, rather than a serious reading. I thought it was going to totally ruin the reading for me, but I'll admit that I tuned it out after a while. And it is kind of useful to have all the characters sound different, as there are quite a few of them.
I would recommend the BOOK to any friend, but after listening to both, I recommend instead the reading performed by the original author, Roger Zelazny, which is sadly not available on Audible. It can be had on Speaking-Volumes, however
It's quite a trick to pull off the strange combination of 60's hip and high fantasy that Zelazny wrote in his heyday but Alessandro Juliani gets right to the heart of the matter. I really enjoyed his portrayal of the treacherous Amberites and their henchmen, his excellent characterization enhancing the sometimes preposterous Zelazny plot turns. Weird, silly and wonderful, a real pleasure for Zelazny fans.