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.
I listened to some of this series years ago when it was read by the author. The new narrator is much better. I rated this book 4 stars because it was very good , but not great.
The author's use of language and unique way of saying things, and the performers expertise execution.
There is really only one important/favorite character.
I often caught myself frozen and almost holding my breath in anticipation.
I was happy to see CoA was finally available on Audible. I first read this series in High School almost 30 years ago.
It is the standard by which I measure all Fantasy. The action is fast paced, the fantasy is not unbelievable and the characters are ones for whom you grow to care.
You begin the story with the protagonist. He awakens in a hospital suffering from amnesia. As he re-discovers himself and his surroundings, you discover them. It's a plot device that has been often used, but in this story it makes perfect sense.
Juliani does an excellent job in the narriation.
I highly recommend this series, even for sci fi fans that don't particularly like fantasy. You won't be disappointed.
I would recommend this to anyone, just to get them into the series. It is one of my all time favorites.
What I love about this book is how well the author blends the classical style with the modern.
Wow, I could produce an entire essay on why I did not like the narrator. His delivery at best could be called wooden. I am not sure if he was trying to sound like a bad Shatner impersonation, regardless he succeeded. I have grown up listening to the abridged versions of these books performed by the author and loved every second of it. It would have done the narrator a world of good to hunt down these older recordings and listen to how the author intended for names of people and places to be pronnounced. Furthermore, he makes terribly powerful lords of all the universe sound like accountants and sniveling sneak thieves, through his travesty of voice acting.
If I were to take a long road trip then yes I would happily listen to this all in one setting. Not because of the performance, it is all about the epic story.
love fantasy, this books rates well. had a chuckle at one of his brothers voices, can't remember name, he was the rogue but loveable. have purchased 2nd one. hope it's as good. thanks to narrator for reading series, I hate it when narrator changes, won't listen & Alessandro Juliani is good.
I have very fond memories of this book and this series. Amber is a beautifully conceived and engaging world, with a cast of characters that play well off of each other, promising brilliant intrigue and adventure.
But,... it's a promise only partially fulfilled. Zelazny has a typical arc - intriguing beginning, building excitement and interest, and a fizzle at the end. The Amber books are the same, ending in not only a convoluted and unsatisfying conclusion, but a follow-up series that unravels even more quickly. One has the feeling that Zelazny was making it up as he went, and forgetting important details along the way. Out of the series, this and the next two books are the best, but your own guesses about the ending of the cycle will be better than Zelazny's.
The reader was jarring to me, until I realized how bad the dialogue was in the book, and therefore how little the reader had to work with. His rendition is not great, but it would take big name talent to polish the story and characters more, I would think.
It pains me to be negative about this book, since it was one of my favorites in my teens. I read the book so many times, I could say the dialogue along with the reader. But it has been many years, and this book did not age well. I find myself wishing that the newer, more polished writers of today could take this book and shine it up. There is so much good in the characters and setting that I can't give a blanket condemnation. I still think anyone who hasn't read it should. It may be a real treat if you do. I just can't find myself throwing the word "classic" around.
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.