Although I felt that the narrator did as well as he could with the material, the story was not worth his effort. The author's description of people and events read like a thirdhand synopsis. I never had a feeling of presence or a connection with the characters. I have no desire to read the follow ups or recommend the book to others.
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
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.
When I started reading this, I wasn't sure if I subscribed to the reasoning behind all this infighting between the siblings. On one hand, having the king's children fighting over his throne is to be expected, but on the other hand, after a few revelations, I started asking, "To what end?" After about midway through the book, it started to feel like the real reason they're fighting over the throne is because of the status symbol it'll give them. I'm not sure if I even believe it's worth all the effort they're expending on it and each other. It's petty and immature, and maybe that's what Zelzany was going for--to show the fickle nature of these characters more than trying to get me invested in this story about a king's abdicated throne and his warring children. People have fought for much less than a throne.
I don't think I ever became too attached to any character, least of all Corwin. Okay, maybe that's not completely true. I do think the ending did wonders in making me feel like I could like Corwin more if I kept reading. Most of Corwin's siblings, aside from a few, aren't in the story long enough for them to matter to me. I found elements of the story more interesting than the struggle between the characters such as the explanation of the Pattern, learning more about the trumps (playing cards), the shadows, etc. Zelazny really excelled there with his take on the magic of this world. Most of my rating comes from the fact that I liked the ideas he used in the story, and I can actually see why writers are inspired by his work in that sense.
The narration. Let's see how I can condense this without falling into giggles. I'd read that these audiobooks are an improvement over Zelazny's own self-narration of the story that existed for years. While I certainly have no quarrel with Alessandro Juliani, I can't say that I cared for his narration of this book. It wasn't terrible exactly. It just seemed strange, and it didn't do the story any favors either. Some of the dated language sounded so stilted and silly coming from Juliani. His narration made it hard for me to take this story seriously, and that peppered my overall view of this book.
I'm still on the fence about this one. Admittedly, I probably should've gotten the omnibus and just read the whole thing rather than taking it bit by bit like this. While I spent much of this book with one skeptical eyebrow raised, I did like the ending considerably. It felt like the book had finally reached a comfortable stride and I was just beginning to really get lost in the story when this first book ended, which means I'll probably be reading the next book soon.
I've increasingly struggled with migraines over the last number of years.
It's been a boon to hear these old and well-crafted stories narrated with excellent care in audiobook format.
No, the reader is great for other genres, but is not portraying the Amber characters well at all.Corwin for example, is centuries old, He has a narrative style that demands a more "Noir" voice, something that conveys a hint at least, of that quality of charisma you hear in Shakespearean trained actors voices. No offense to the reader, but more care should have been taken, I can't stand listeneniing to the story because of it.
NPiA is one of the original cross genre stories out there that involves Machiavellian royalty fighting for a throne, alternate realities and even a unicorn. :)
Depends on which book
Hire Peter Dinklage to narrate.