Nine Princes in Amber is the first of the 10 books that are The Chronicles of Amber; an epic fantasy series written by six-time Hugo Award winning and three-time Nebula Award winning author, Roger Zelazny.
The ten books that make up the series are told in two story arcs: The Corwin Cycle and the Merlin Cycle.
The Audible audio rendition of this classic sci-fi/fantasy series is kicked off by 2012 Audie Award nominee, Alessandro Juliani, who reads the first five books that make up the Corwin Cycle and whose narration vividly brings the world of Amber to life.
Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.
From Arden to the Pattern deep in Castle Amber which defines the very structure of Reality, Corwin must contend with the powers of his eight immortal brothers, all Princes of Amber. His savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering Forces that challenge the might of Corwin's superhuman fury.
©1970 Roger Zelazny (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I'm going to have to disagree with most of the people here. This was not a very good audio performance. Perhaps i am biased because i have listened to the original audiobooks as read by the author himself. However i do not feel this reader did a particularly good job as Corwin. He often seemed too weak and tremulous for someone as noir and hard-bitten as Corwin is supposed to be.
I'm also not found of the "effects" that occasionally get tossed in, particularly sounding winded when Corwin gets into a fight. Worse than that however are the voices for the other characters. I thought the fake "female" voice for Flora was as bad as it could get, but that was only until i heard Random's nasal whiny voice. Then, for a little extra icing on the cake, he pronounces Dierdre's name wrong. (In Zelazny's reading he pronounces it the proper Irish way, sounds like "Deer-druh" or " Deer-dra")
I really wish they'd just done a remastered version of Zelazny's reading, or if they absolutely had to remake it could have found someone with the same tone. He didn't feel the need to spice the story up anymore by doing "special" voices and effects, and i think it was a mistake to add them.
If you can't find a decent copy of the Zelazny version, or if you care more about "high production values" than a good reading, i guess this version is better than nothing, but i'm not sure if i'll continue on with this reader. Perhaps i'll re-listen to the originals for the next four books, old and scratchy as they sound, and then see how well Wil Wheaton did reading for the second half of the series.
No, I enjoyed reading it as much as I listened to it.
Where the characters first begin walking through the shadows.
Yes, I enjoyed it enough where I wish I had, had the time to listen to it all in one setting.
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.
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.
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