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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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    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 04-06-13
    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 04-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "bad boring bla"

    I only made it through 3 chapters. I thought that maybe it would improve but I found it so bad that I couldn't make myself suffer through it. Well read at least. At times I felt embarrassed for the reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GoAudio Modesto, CA, United States 04-05-13
    GoAudio Modesto, CA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made Nine Princes in Amber better?

    way to wordy...got off on tangents that became boring


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This is a 10 book series and I have so far stopped at 3


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No emotion ...sounded like he was in a hurry at times


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

    There were some interesting characters


    Any additional comments?

    I'm debating if I should continue the series

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Saturnberry 03-28-13
    Saturnberry 03-28-13
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    "Great narrator. Story seems to need some work."
    What would have made Nine Princes in Amber better?

    There is a section of writing in which the character telling the tale speaks in an almost classic old English manner, then he'd say something like "Dig it? Cool." It seemed a little inconsistent.


    What could Roger Zelazny have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Perhaps I've just been spoiled by the wonderful length and writings of Robert Jordan, yet for this story I kept waiting for it to get "started". I really wasn't sure why the main character was the one to root for, considering the circumstances; he's just the one we're introduced to as being the teller of the tale. I wasn't sure if he was any better than the other princes? What were his redeeming qualities?


    Which character – as performed by Alessandro Juliani – was your favorite?

    Mr. Juliani's performance is *the* reason I listened to the entire book. Every character he does sounds very distinct. One could almost say you forget you're listening to the same man, towards the end. Really fantastic.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff Redondo Beach, CA, USA 03-26-13
    Geoff Redondo Beach, CA, USA 03-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great book, not so great performance"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Schneider 03-20-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A fun ride."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    No, I enjoyed reading it as much as I listened to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the characters first begin walking through the shadows.


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

    Yes, I enjoyed it enough where I wish I had, had the time to listen to it all in one setting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne United States 03-11-13
    Suzanne United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic series from the 70s with great narrator."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Luella 03-05-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Decent rendition of an old series I kinda remember"
    Where does Nine Princes in Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    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).


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MsclQuake 02-19-13
    MsclQuake 02-19-13

    I enjoy sci fi and fantasy, action thrillers, horror and romantic gay m/m fiction

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    "Great introduction to a series"
    Would you try another book from Roger Zelazny and/or Alessandro Juliani?

    Yes the story was interesting but Alessandro really brought the characters to life and gave them personality.


    Would you recommend Nine Princes in Amber to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes its a fast paced introduction to a series of fantasy novels that sound like fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The road to Amber and walking the pattern


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yep


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Malkin 02-18-13
    John Malkin 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Where it all began..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    I loved this book when I first read it and the audio is just as wonderful. It will get you hooked.


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    Barbara Deltona, Fl, United States 02-13-13
    Barbara Deltona, Fl, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is no way to pick my favorite scene. It is all one great scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    I have already gone onto book 2 and ready for book 3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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