I'm new to Audio-books and already hooked.
... listened to it while grumpy and a bit distracted. I didn't really care what happened, so maybe I need to go get my meds adjusted or perhaps - a rarity - I just didn't like it. I loved the amnesia at the beginning, but after that I grew totally complacent. I felt absolutely nothing for the protagonist - neither disdain nor affection. But I didn't hate it enough to stop listening I found listening to be comforting like the whir of a fan when you are asleep or the hum of traffic at a interstate Motel 6.
I cannot decide if the lackluster narration or the actual story is why has me regretting starting this series. I've now listened to books one and two and cannot claim any entry's is to finish the series. The narrator is not talented enough to tell this story. His attempts at various accents annoy and take away from the narrative. I should have bought the paperbacks instead. My my hop
Is t at the last book make listening to this series worth it. I trust Wil Wheaton to do a great job. I will read all of the other books in this series.
Accent attempts fell far short. Reading pace too quick and flippant. Just bad all around.
The complaint about this book is not about story or narrator but about an old addiction. The format of the book makes this sort of like buying chapters of a Dickens book. The story leads to the next and the next but the price is not fun and reading the stories is easy. Most libraries have a copy and the copy has all the books in the series. Young folks may not have the problem. This writer was an option to the Oxford Dons. This writer tied with the novel Dune. There are lots of options to the Oxford Dons these days and it is hard to understand why Zelazny is as important as Herbert in this publishing climate. Those of us with the addiction understand all of the above and probably would not have suffered over the loss of Dickens. One has to understand reading options and addictions to know that not every writer can sustain both appetite and loyalty past fashion. I still like the writer and the series. This was a good performance by the narrator. The competition was thin though since our only option seems to have been the author in a knowably bad performance. So, it is a good performance or we as an audience were hungry enough for the work in audio format that we like what we can get.
Enjoy the adventure
Enjoyed the book. Award winning author and talented narrator.
Similar to Amazon, wish Audible would consolidate the series into one or two audio books. Since each book is roughly 5 hours long, a compilation would increase my interest in purchasing the series.
Roger Zelazny-yes, Alessandro Juliani-no.
I love Roger Zelazny! I've read Nine Princes in Amber multiple times. I was so excited when I saw it was now available on Audible.com. Unfortunately the narrator has ruined it. Corwin sounds like a college kid and his brothers are ridiculous caricatures.
Yes- it's good and so short that it'd only take a couple of days.
It was unique.
The narration was fantastic but the book is only 5 hours long, I don't even know if it justifies a whole credit when there are great books that'll last you more than 2 days.
Loving long books.
One in a five part series in need of an edit. The story is good but there is too much material related but not essential to the story. The narration is very good.
I only review the best and the worst. Mediocre is left to the listener.. Follow me on my quest of the best epic series and narrators!
Family w/ Daddy Issues.
Corwin of course
Not too hard, it's not very long.
There are 10 amber books. I read them all as a child, and am enjoying them again in audiobook format. I really loved the series. However, they are very short. 1 credit a piece is wrong. Amber was published as 'the great book of amber' in one large paperback. I'd rather pay 2 or 3 credits for that then 10 credits for the whole series. I got the first three, but sadly, I just cant see spending 10 credits on 10 books that are 7 or 8 hours long. Quality is there, but the value is not.
Yes, The story is good, the author great, and the series compelling
I do like Alessandro's narration, except in one aspect, and it reduced my enjoyment of the book. I have a set of early edition hardcopy books, I have later hardcopy editions, paperback copies, omnibus copies, I have Zelazny's self-narration abridged on casette. In other words, I know this series, I like it and have literally worn out bindings on books. As soon as Audible released this book, I bought it, Guns of Avalon, and Trumps of Doom. The book has lost none of it appeal, and as I said Alessandro's narration is generally OK, but my one complaint questions if Alessandro read the series or was coached by anyone? To give the Future King of Amber (or any Prince of Amber) a "Nasally" voice just didn't seem right!
Not to diminish Alessandro Juliani's narration, or Will Wheaten's in the next arc, but I wish Audible could obtain these books narrated by Roger Zelazny. I know he did abridged versions of all 10 books (I have them on casette) and would even break my policy of avoiding abridged books to obtain Audible versions. I understand Zelasny narrated some of the books in unabridged versions too. I never saw them but would love to hear them!
Roger Zelazny's Amber series is one of the best-written and highly imaginative pieces of fantasy fiction ever written: you might not believe that if you only listen to the audiobook.
Personally speaking, I have nothing against Alessandro Juliani and have no cause to dislike him, but he is not the person to have read this series. This is true for a number of reasons. The first is his vocal timber.
Nine princes in Amber is a first-person narrative, a tale told by an interesting character, Corwin who is a son of the ruling family in a mediaval culture that contains the one true world of which our world is only one of an infinite number of possible shadows. He is over a thousand years old and has spent at least three- to four- hundred of those years as an immortal amnesiac, most often employed as a mercenary. Mister Juliani reads Corwin's voice as his own voice: his base voice. He makes Corwin sound like an accountant.
If that is bad, the voices of peripheral characters in his reading are worse with some of the reader's choices defying logic and so crashing the logic of the story as to be painful. In mister Juliani's mouth, highwaymen sound like Lord Fauntleroy, Oxonian officers retired from the British army sound generically British while Benedict, Corwin's brother, who was raised in the same household as he was, sounds like someone who was born in backwater in Louisiana and is trying to hide it with little success.
I love Zelazny's work, and I think I may well listen to all of the books, and I can say that Mister Juliani reads well and consistently but not convincingly for the material he is reading. It wouldn't be so bad, but every time I listen to a set of passages, I cannot but imagine how things would have been had they been read by someone who could sound more like someone who'd given and taken orders on a battlefield and less like a bearded virgin who was about to ask you about what deductions you wanted to claim.