Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
As the summary says, this is the first of a 10 book series, and it kicks things off well.
Narration first. Mr. Juliani has an excellent reading voice, and managed the feminine voices without much trouble. There were sections when it seemed like the reading was on 1.5x speed, but for the most part the tempo was just about right. I'll be more likely to pick up something with him reading.
I have had a number of people recommend Zelazny to me as a Science Fiction author, and as someone who's more into the new Sci Fi than the older works, I was hesitant to give him a go. As I've matured, my reading tastes have changed to prefer character development, especially internal growth, to broad social commentary, which is what I was expecting given the people who were recommending Mr. Zelazny's work.
While this was neither social commentary, nor quite about character development, it was still a good story. The hero of the story starts off with no clue who he is, and as he uncovers more about his past, the story sucks you into a larger scale plot.
It wasn't the story type that I typically like, and yet I like it anyhow, which I find to be the mark of a good storyteller.
It was the first story I can remember reading about the idea of a multiverse. I think I read this before Elric of Melinbone.
Corwin - I like how he, like us, starts out not knowing anything about what is going on, and we go on a journey of discovery with him.
I enjoyed all of the characterizations by Alessandro Juliani except for Corwin and Random. For Random, I thought I had increased the speed of the playback he was talking so fast. I had heard the abridged version of the Chronicles of Amber years ago, Zelazny's gruff voice did a better job of portraying the larger than life character of Corwin. However, other than these two, Alessandro did a better job on the rest.
When Corwin regains his memory of himself when walking the pattern. The realization that he has lived hundreds of years and the hints of the influence he has had on our world.
The first of Zelazny's famous Amber Chronicles, this is an excellent book, and a great read. Unfortunately, the lack luster narration is about what you might expect from a Junior high School play...except your kid isn't in this one, so why are you here?
Random, he sounds like a crazy, easy going guy.
I still can't bring myself to agree with the theme of the book, I can't help but see Earth as real and Amber the shadow.
I only made it through 3 chapters. I thought that maybe it would improve but I found it so bad that I couldn't make myself suffer through it. Well read at least. At times I felt embarrassed for the reader.
way to wordy...got off on tangents that became boring
This is a 10 book series and I have so far stopped at 3
No emotion ...sounded like he was in a hurry at times
There were some interesting characters
I'm debating if I should continue the series
I'm going to have to disagree with most of the people here. This was not a very good audio performance. Perhaps i am biased because i have listened to the original audiobooks as read by the author himself. However i do not feel this reader did a particularly good job as Corwin. He often seemed too weak and tremulous for someone as noir and hard-bitten as Corwin is supposed to be.
I'm also not found of the "effects" that occasionally get tossed in, particularly sounding winded when Corwin gets into a fight. Worse than that however are the voices for the other characters. I thought the fake "female" voice for Flora was as bad as it could get, but that was only until i heard Random's nasal whiny voice. Then, for a little extra icing on the cake, he pronounces Dierdre's name wrong. (In Zelazny's reading he pronounces it the proper Irish way, sounds like "Deer-druh" or " Deer-dra")
I really wish they'd just done a remastered version of Zelazny's reading, or if they absolutely had to remake it could have found someone with the same tone. He didn't feel the need to spice the story up anymore by doing "special" voices and effects, and i think it was a mistake to add them.
If you can't find a decent copy of the Zelazny version, or if you care more about "high production values" than a good reading, i guess this version is better than nothing, but i'm not sure if i'll continue on with this reader. Perhaps i'll re-listen to the originals for the next four books, old and scratchy as they sound, and then see how well Wil Wheaton did reading for the second half of the series.
No, I enjoyed reading it as much as I listened to it.
Where the characters first begin walking through the shadows.
Yes, I enjoyed it enough where I wish I had, had the time to listen to it all in one setting.
I have already recommended this series to friends. From the beginning it pulls you in. It's not just a Sci-Fi, it's political intrigue and mystery. I started this series on a bike ride in to work and arrived at work TOO FAST....because I wanted to hear more of the book. Could not wait to get back on the bike for the ride home. Download the first of the series and hop on for the ride....it's bumpy and twisted.
After struggling along I realized I was reading a computer game. First, this barrier, then that barrier to overcome, then out pops the monster to fight, blah, blah. Where is the novel? All populated with a bunch of dislikable characters. I finally got tired of trying to like this audiobook and stopped struggling. I feel pretty ripped off. If I wanted a computer game, I would play one, not try to read one.