Like most "first in a series" fantasy books I enjoyed entering a new world, meeting and getting to know new characters, and of course experiencing the story as it unfolds. And this has been a particular favorite since high school. Perhaps it's the way Nine Princes progresses. Corwin learns of his family situation at the same time that we do, a masterful job by Rodger Zelazny of putting the reader into the story. If you have never experienced the world of Amber give it a listen. The performance might not be the best, but the story is well worth the credit. But be warned, you might just get hooked on the whole series.
I am sorry to say it was the performance that hurt this book and the reason I will likely not purchase the rest of the first half of this series. There is just something about Alessandro Juliani's voice, pacing, and inflection that takes away from the story, at least for me. This is the first of Alessandro's books I have listened too and I didn't care for it. I have listened to samples of other performances and he seems to get better.
This is my all-time favorite book, and the narrator mostly gets it right. There were a few shaky moments here and there but overall he captures the personalities--if not always the full bombast--of the major characters. Well done.
I enjoyed this story a great deal. Reading old fantastic fiction is nostalgic and also a reminder of our changing mores. This story is still enjoyable but quite dated.
I enjoyed revisiting the first of the Amber novels I once read as a teen again. Prince Corwin's story deserved to be made into an audiobook. I thought the performance was mostly well done with one notable exception: Corwin's brother, Random, should not have been made to sound like a pipsqueak. No Prince of Amber should sound like that.
I have been familiar with Zelazneys work for many years and never fail to appreciate his imagination. The plot keeps racing along and keeps you going. The "find out what happens next" factor is strong.
It's an honestly good start to the series, and does a good job at setting up characters and, even on it's own while it doesn't finish the story arc (of course), it doesn't feel incomplete nor does it feel like there is anything left hanging that needs to be answered right away.
I honestly have a hard time deciding between how the character maneuvers around not knowing details & ability to get information, or just the personality in general of corwin (sp. error)
I personally have no favorite scenes, but have to admit I liked the character building & exploration during the earlier chapters the most.
My interest was held the entire way through it. Got to dislike some characters, and enjoy it for what it was.
Wish to goodness sake that the 'Chronicles of Amber' book (All in one) was released as 1 audiobook download... but it's worth getting all 9 books.
I am new to audible, but i love it so far.
I would listen to it again because I really enjoy the narration the story and the pacing is good. The story is a bit of fantasy a bit of science fiction balanced in a very elegant way.
Corwin of course, I don't want to give away too much but he's the main character and it's told from his perspective. The first person perspective is written really well and I enjoyed getting to know Corwin.
Alessandro Juliani does an amazing job with giving each character their own voice and feel; it made visualizing the whole story very easy and exciting.
I enjoyed the irony, it made me laugh and I really liked the poetic descriptions.
Overall its a really good book narrated beautifully and I would recommend it to anyone.
The book seems very cliche with the main character starting the book with amnesia and a power struggle for the throne but the author has so little character development that I never really felt a reason to root for or care about the main character.
The author should have expanded more and provided more back story. It seems he was trying to create mystery and drama but instead he glosses over main points and leaves quite a bit out. The book was extremely short and could have easily been expanded.
I would have sent the book back and told the author to finish writing the book before trying to get this published.
Almost everything! What in the name of namable things was he thinking with some of his voice characterizations, making Random seem like a refugee from the Revenge of the Nerds?
How I lost 100 million dollars trying to make an unfilmable movie!
Ok, you have to understand, I love this entire series and have done for more than thirty years. Amber is, perhaps oddly, one of those comfort settings I return to from time to time, and each time I am still blown away by the tour de force that Roger Zelazny created in the making of this world and the people who dwell therein. So it was with great pleasure that I found Amber on Audible. I downloaded the first book in the series and sat back to enjoy another visit to a place I always come away the happier for having visited.
Within an hour of beginning, I was gritting my teeth as Juliani's Random, turned into a caricature of a braces-wearing teen ager who happens to hold the keys to the universe came slushing through my headphones. Mr. Juliani is a talented narrator with a wide vocal range to work with. I was dismayed at his handiwork, but I will be giving the Guns of Avalon a go to see if things get better.