Absolutely recommend the book, the audio on the other hand.......I love the story, great series. The story of Amber continues with the son of Corwin having similar dry wit and the family as paranoid and ready for reacting to vendettas as ever. The Merlin character is great and really does feel like a younger Corwin in many ways.
Now the hard part....
It is VERY hard to get past the sophomoric performance of Wil Wheaton. I now know why he hasn't gotten my attention with his acting in the past 20 years. Going from Alessandro Juliani to Wheaton is a real shock to ones system. I know he has his fans, but really anyone listening to must hear the poor attention to the tone of the characters and forced characterizations. Frankly to be a good narrator you need to be able to read, understand what's read, and then speak clearly neutrally as a narrator and inflected as characters. Wheaton simply lacks in being able to do all of this with a level of competence that this author and series deserves. Maybe its just a example of poor production or low production values? I don't think so, it just sounds like a younger, more pompous, even less talented Jim Shatner wannabe. If Wheaton isn't in anger management classes, this production shows he should be. His portrayal of emotions is poor at best and I swear I can hear spittle fly as he really gets going with his over acting.
Will I get the remainder of the series? Maybe. Will it be the treasured story I'll listen to occasionally again and again? Absolutely not. The high price (these stories should have been paired together to merit the price) for a short story, poorly acted makes this a real disappointment after waiting a very long time for a Audible production. If these went on sale for four ninety nine I would at least consider the rest of the series. Half price for a half talent narrator would be almost fair.
Audible, what will it take to get this reproduced by a talented narrator instead of someone surfing on the wave of their nerd popularity?
Great story of the continuation of the Corwin of Amber saga through the eyes of his son. I have read this several times since it's publication. Zelazny had a great skill at growing a story and including his dry wit and deep philosophical ideas.
Poor, unskilled, inconsistent.
Audible, please reproduce with a narrator of the caliber of the Corwin books.
Great story with dry british wit and a great story that kept you engaged. If you are not a big SF fan, you will still love this book. If you have read any Woodhouse stories, these are similar but updated.
I kept remembering the things I liked about the Hitchhikers series years ago. Not wacky in the way that was, but a great entertaining read with good wit and a story you wanted to pay attention to.
The beginning of the book when the hero first returns to victorian times and isn't quite adjusted jet.
Good narration and a story line that was engaging and kept you in a state of smile to laughter and yet retained a atmosphere of suspense. A female Bourne/Bond/Potter character who is a reluctant hero. I was never bored during the read.
smashup a Bourne book, Bond story, and a few chapters of Harry Potter. Although I hate to say Potter and really think it would be more along the lines of Tim Powers book. I look forward to more stories in the future.
The hero, she did this best. The male characters occasionally went into the creepy sounding realm, but it is always a challenge for a narrator to cross gender roles and remain credible in their performance.
I did laugh a few times during its course. I usually listen while walking or doing work that a books distraction is welcome. The story wasn't complicated, but I hated missing a detail and rewound frequently to get a higher than average comprehension during this book.
Looking forward to more.
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