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Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1 | [Roger Zelazny]

Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Amazon Customer 09-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very good, but a feeling that is too expensive"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Walker 09-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Too short!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend buying it on sale, instead of using your credits on it. At only 51/2 hours, it's overpriced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the story and the characters. This first book sets up an interesting world, that intersects with our own and works on multiple levels.


    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    Easy to distinguish the multiple characters. There are a lot of characters!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and if you drive long distances, you will run out of book before the end of the trip!


    Any additional comments?

    Love the series, hate the price.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Briony Dyson 09-03-12
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Nine Princes in Amber?

    The language used is very jarring. He mixes extremely formal ways of saying things with american slang and it grates horribly. You can't get lost in the story because of the way the language clashes. I can't believe there are ten books in the series!


    Has Nine Princes in Amber turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Definately not, I love sci fi and fantasy.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alessandro Juliani?

    I don't know but I think his reading style may have added to the issues with the writing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a good story, just horribly written. Sad...


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not bad for an outline"
    What disappointed you about Nine Princes in Amber?

    The writing, it is terrible. It is like someone wrote a book with plans to flesh out the information. Every time I started to read it was like I was getting whiplash as they jumped from one topic to the next.
    I am positive that most of the reviews are adults thinking back on how they loved this as a youth, and have not listened to it recently. (I have done that with a few books).
    There is no real discussion, no thought given to what is around them, I was completly lost trying to figure out what was going on for so much of this book. In the end I just had to drop it as one of the horrible books that I have read.


    Has Nine Princes in Amber turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I will not continue.


    What three words best describe Alessandro Juliani’s performance?

    Pretty good with the terrible literature.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was really disappointed. This had popped up on a few lists, and I wanted to find a new series to read. One credit for five hours? wasted


    Any additional comments?

    Pass on the book. If you want to feel like you are reading the cliff notes or a movie script go ahead. Just way to unemotional of a book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-05-14
    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-05-14 Member Since 2014

    I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.

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    "I never finished it"
    Would you try another book from Roger Zelazny and/or Alessandro Juliani?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think these books are meant for youth... sometimes that is OK.. I enjoyed Harry Potter and the Hunger Games but this one didn't have the bones to keep my attention at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-23-13
    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    "Tried My Best, But Couldn't Do It"
    Would you try another book from Roger Zelazny and/or Alessandro Juliani?

    I probably wouldn't try another book from Roger Zelazny, but I don't have a big problem with the narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Roger Zelazny’s story?

    I wanted to like this book, it just seemed to be too flawed. There were too many characters to keep straight, the stakes were never clear, the fact that the main character starts off the book with no memory means that we never get a sense of the rules in which we are operating, so the writer can just change circumstances at whim.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was good for the most part.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nine Princes in Amber?

    I would look at a book like "The Rook" by Daniel O'Malley, which also has a protagonist with hidden powers waking up in an amnesiac haze, but does a much better job of setting the stakes, making the main character accessible, and grounding us with some rules.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mean to bash on the book, but I really tried to get through the whole thing (it's only 5 hours or so), and just had to give up because I didn't care about anything.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Arvada, CO, United States 10-19-13
    Michael Arvada, CO, United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Story; Great Storyteller: Pricing Sucks"
    What disappointed you about Nine Princes in Amber?

    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.


    What does Alessandro Juliani bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Juliani did an excellent job with story. He was good at creating different voices for each character and could switch characters seamlessly


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanna Austin, TX, United States 10-15-13
    Suzanna Austin, TX, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm new to Audio-books and already hooked.

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    "Not my cup o' tea, but I..."

    ... 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 04-16-13
    nancy boynton beach, FL, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2006
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    "an old friend available"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 01-21-13
    Connor 01-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Wishing For Series Compilation"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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