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.
Very much in the middle. ..which means it was worth the credit! Not a favorite but then I read the written series "long long ago in a universe far away" when it was being written. I liked the Amber series then but it was never an auto buy qnd I never read every book as the series dragged on.
Don't believe I would change anything. I have pretty much forgotten the series and enjoyed rediscovering this story. It is a little medieval in an alternate universe. No complaints.
As I don't remember, it must have been okay but nothing to rave about. Since I gave him 4 stars immediately after listening to the book he is a good narrator but not the top (of which there are very few).
Not so much. Compared to my favorite authors which include Bujold, Eric Flint's 1632 series, David Eddings Belgarion and Mallorean series (not to mention the GREATS like Heinlein and Tolkien) this iw an interesting story and a series I will continue to follow when I need a new read and can't find one I REALLY want.
Good solid story and writing. If you like Game of Thrones or Christopher Stasheff's Wizard series you will likely enjoy this series. Beware. ..like the Ringworld books and other series I seem to remember that there's a lot of books in this series.
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Yes the story was interesting but Alessandro really brought the characters to life and gave them personality.
Yes its a fast paced introduction to a series of fantasy novels that sound like fun.
The road to Amber and walking the pattern
I loved this book when I first read it and the audio is just as wonderful. It will get you hooked.
I would tell anyone to listen to this book. It was great! From the first words spoken Alessandro draws you into the story and keeps you on edge to find out what happens next.
There is no way to pick my favorite scene. It is all one great scene.
I wanted to not have to go to work-listening in my car on my phone--or get home. I love listening to books in the car. This books has been one of the best I have listened to
I have already gone onto book 2 and ready for book 3
If the friend were into fantasy, then absolutely. The First Chronicles of Amber are fantastic and I've loved them since I first picked them up in the early 80s. Alessandro Juliani does a terrific job capturing the deadpan tone of the protagonist. It's a nice piece of work.
Hard to say. Sword and board fantasy meets 70s snark. I'm not sure there is an apt analogy. I can say that it is intelligent fantasy, with some nice insights into the theory of the multiverse and how there can be infinite variations of reality.
He captured the deadpan snark of Corwin quite well. I thought he also brought Eric's pomposity to life nicely too. He did a good job with the female characters, not relying on just a falsetto to differentiate them. The only quibble I have is that he has a tendency to rely on nasal intonations for ostensibly weaker characters - Random and Raine, for example.
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Great books - classics of fantasy literature.
The Amber Series is been one of my favorite series of all time and the first book "Nine Princes in Amber" kicks it off in proper fashion.
I had tried to listen to the original audio books read by the Author, but found the use background sound effects distracting. This version is far superior with a wonderful performance by Alessandro Juliani.
The main character awakes in a hospital bed with amnesia. The story is told in first-person so we learn the character's background as he does. This eliminates the need for extensive background and allows you to enjoy the world Zelanzy creates as well as appreciate the story.
An excellent beginning to an excellent series, The Chronicles of Amber stand up well to the test of time.
It's a really interesting story premise. But the sequence of events felt very rushed --- to the point where I really kept wondering whether I'd accidentally bought the abridged version.
He's a good voice actor. Good character voices. Good articulation.
eh... yes, I enjoyed the story. It seemed over before it really began. Maybe the rest of the series does a great job with it, but based on this one I'm not sure I want to invest 9 more audible credits toward finishing it.
I've been reading (and rereading) these books for many years, and I thought I'd see how well the first one translated into audio. The story continues to entertain me but the voices detracted from my enjoyment. I had to keep rewinding and changing the volume of the player just to get the whole text.