Zelazny's imagination, clean prose, reflective commentary and occasional humor make this series a perennial treasure. Juliani's narration is superb. At first I felt his voice was a little too high pitched for the Corwin I had created in my mind but that passed quickly. Juliani's ability to specialize unique voices for each character made this series a treat. I like to let 4 or 5 years go between reading/(listening to) this series and Juliani's performance has added a sense of depth to the environment that is quite welcome and will be a pleasure to listen to again in the coming years.
Critique is easy. Being Captain Hindsight is easy to fall into but, it is not a desired end-state for me. that being said, I will keep my, "I wish he would have's" to the absolute minimum. Zelazny's detailed description of the characters' experience while manipulating shadow is at first interesting and upon repeated servings less than satisfying. These shadow manipulation transitions always precede impending action sequences and leave one skimming the text or putting the narration on 1.5x -2x when they come up a 2nd, 3rd and 4th . . . time. For me, that is the end of the downside to this series and fortunately they don't occur frequently.
This is, for me, a defining fantasy series for it's magic system. Also, the main characters in both this and the Merlin Chronicles are easily assimilated into an extension of the reader's persona. Zelazny was very imaginative and his writing is easily digested by this reader. I highly recommend this series to all of those who like fantasy and are looking for something beyond the coming of age hero who struggles with being special, fights a dark force and wins at great victory for the side of good. This series has mature characters, already at peace with their power and the evil they fight to overcome is the same evil that resides in all of us.
Do yourself a favor, if you've never read this series, read it. If this audio performance will be your first introduction to the Corwin Chronicles then you will be well served by Juliani's performance.
Not one of Zelazny's .... I might one of Juliani's.
I found this book cliche and weakly written. The character development was minimal. I felt nothing for these characters and was never drawn into the story.
There were times when his halting style was very annoying, but I thought he had several good character voices and overall was well matched.
Disappointment. I can tell there is a good storyline that could have been, but it just never was....
I agree with another reviewer. I don't know what others see in this book. I will not be continuing this series.
I loved this book. I got it for a daily deal, and so glad I did.
I know it was written in the 70's, but you really couldn't tell. I thought at some points it had a Night side by Simon Green vibe. If you like that series I think you will like these. Not the plot or story, I don't know to describe it. The journey screen could have been in one of his books easy.
Cleaver, comical and well thought out writing. It's not really long, but it doesn't need to be. He captured the feeling he was going for without adding a bunch of BS.
I listened to this book like watching a movie. The narrator was great. I'm on the third one now.
This story is only 5 hours and 31 minutes long, it cost 1 credit. I purchased the Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which is an outstanding story and is 45 hours and 37 minutes long, and frankly these 2 stories not in the same league with one another, and the cost was 1 credit.
Mr. Juliani did an excellent job with story. He was good at creating different voices for each character and could switch characters seamlessly
I really did enjoy hearing this story. I am just struggling with the price and buying the remaining 9 book for 1 credit each is more than I want to pay for what I'll be getting.
Incredibly poorly written. I can't believe it was published.
everything, just awful
The reading sounds like a 1920's radio show, but not in a good way
no, I'm going to ask for my money back.
please don't buy it, I warn you, it's very poorly written.
Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.
By Alessandro Juliani definitely, Zelazny, not so sure....
Sadly, even though i am into sci-fi, I was never into fantasy. This did not help.
All of them. Gaeta's baritone voice is simply amazing, be it singing on battlestar, reading solaris, or doing characters here. Really a wonderful job.
All of them. The dialogue is nice but nothing is happening!!
Regret using a credit for this. Ugh
If you are like me and have affinity for the works of Brandon Sanderson, David Eddings, Brent Weeks, Robert Jordan, Patrick Rothfuss, Michael J Sullivan, etc. this book is NOT in the same vein. If Alice in Wonderland were a state in a country, this book is the next state over, but that state is bankrupt on creativity. If you detest the usage of cigarettes in movies and books, steer clear. This book is more science fiction with the occasional use of a rapier. Parallel Earths and a modern setting is just not my cup of tea. Funny thing is that I almost contacted customer support because I thought the download was not Nine Princes in Amber... that is how far this one is off the tracks for me.
The narrator was great but that's about it.. maybe its just me but the story was really confusing and just a bunch of strange stuff.
Book of Souls ... I read Secret of the Seventh Son last and it was a good book.
Great voices for different characters
it was ok at first but by chapter 4 and 5 it started to get all crazy and just totally bizarre stuff that I couldn't follow. I thought it would get better and things would start to make more sense but it continued to get crazier and make less sense each chapter.
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.