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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If I had read this in Junior High (We did not have middle school, when I was a kid) I would have liked it and reading it now would bring back good memories.
There is the great description of beautiful women, like the woman who had thighs like white marble. A hero who can tell rather a woman is a natural blonde or not. The fact that when you go from New York to Amber, your clothes change, your car dissolves, but you get to keep your cigarettes.
Woe is me, I did not read this in Junior High, so like weak beer, it was not enjoyable.
I can't believe that THIS series was counted as one of my FAVORITE's for soooo long. Jeez. I JUST got book 1 ...with tons of trepidation. I have recently re-purchased a few books that I had put in that "Favorite Sci-fi/Fantasy Books of All Time" category ....which did NOT live up to expectations. Well, just add another one to the bunch. I am amazed. I realize NOW that this was a mild precursor to George RR Martin's series: very early soap opera (a feuding fantasy royal family dancing across magic space, etc.). Wow. Don't get me wrong. The first time I read George RR Martin's books I was amazed. I loved them. It was when I went to re-read them to get up to speed for Feast Of Crows... that I realized how much I disliked them. To this day I haven't read Feast Of Crows...although I do own it. LOL. All the soap opera elements: double-crossing EVERYONE, adultery, murder, etc. etc. ... while the fantasy elements are pushed into the background. At least the Amber series was VERY mild in that aspect (that's why it was a precursor). The magic is MORE present than the soap opera.... or at least they're running even-Steven. Anyway.
The character development is very thin. The story is extremely dialog driven (and it's TV dialog nonetheless). Etc. Etc. Wow. I was SUCH a sucker. Apparently I was.... easily satisfied and at that.... with FLUFF! LOL.
Everyone I have ever met has the feeling that there is something more going on than they can concieve. This book begins a journey in the explaination of what that feeling may be about.
This ten book series is an old friend and the new narrator does it justice.
I've been a fan of Roger Zelazny's Amber series since I discovered it decades ago, and was delighted to discover this new, unabridged adaptation of his masterwork. Alessandro Juliani does a great job as narrator, capturing Corwin's voice and personality well, and while some of his vocal choices for the rest of the family take a moment's getting used to, he manages to imbue each character with a distinctive voice and manner that draws you into the tale. Listening to the opening volume once more, I remember again why I was so drawn to this world, and can't wait to work my way through all ten books in the series. This one's definitely a must-have if you're an Amber fan, and if you're unfamiliar with the tales of the immortal city at the heart of all things, you're in for a treat.
Yes, I really liked the book a lot. I would like to finish the series; however, there are a lot of short books. When you have to buy 10 short books for the full price of 10 books the price is bad.
Great book, but for my book dollar I will move somewhere else.
Alessandro Juliani, who narrated the first half of the series, from Corwin's pov, did a really good job of capturing the tone and attitude of Zelazny's writing.
Wil Wheaton, narrating the books from the pov of Merlin, son of Corwin, pick that up and also does a great job. I never have trouble distinguishing which character is speaking at any given moment, he remembers inflections and accents that he gives bit parts and keeps them consistent.
Zelzany's writing is always an interesting mix of whimsical, edgy, and inventive. Sometimes the descriptions of landscapes go on and on, but by and large this is a very enjoyable and original series.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a rich fantasy setting with all of the intrigues of genuine complex storytelling.
This recording is as good as the original by Zelazny himself.
Definitely a book that can be heard in one sitting but it's also good for multiple listenings.
In audio at last Alessandro Juliani reading is very good,let you known who talking thouthout the story!
Hear about this series many year ago just never got round to it first book is very good.
Absolutely I would listen to this book again. Why? Because it's an interesting set up. You have your Princes and Princess of a place called Amber. Amber is the center point of all worlds/realities and you would think they would all get along to make sure the land is safe to keep the worlds and realities safe.
Wrong. :) The family is all in an argument and a battle over who gets to be the successor to the ancient throne of their father... who just walked out one day and didn't come back. At least, they are pretty sure he is not coming back. Combine some magic, and some intrigue and an enemy that seems to be more powerful than the all powerful family and you got yourself an interesting puzzled told from the eyes of one of the Princes.
I enjoy Corwyn, the main character. The story is told through his eyes, and he does pause to give little stories to fill in why some of the family members do not get along. What's more, you can tell the character is growing up as the story goes on. He changes some of his attitudes as the story grows thicker and thicker. That sort of subtle development is something fascinating to watch. As times get harder, he changes some of his ways.
But some ways... still remain the same.
His voice for the main character was very spot on for me. I also like how he portrayed female voices which is very difficult to pull off.
I rampantly laughed and enjoyed the book. It was something that caused me to smile while I was listening at work. The polite interaction between the family members that was required before they could get down to business just make me giggle. (Rules are rules after all!) And the way the main character just lays out the circumstances as they were happening is also very fun to listen to. The explanation of how he got out of the insane asylum early on in the book by calmly discussing the circumstance with the main manger of the facility made me just burst out laughing.
I did not know if I would enjoy this book at all. It is definitely worth listening to. I would highly recommend it for those who enjoy classic fantasy as well as a more male centered voice to a story without being over bearing about it. Great recommend for husbands, boyfriends, sons, and nephews....the preteen to adult males of your life!
Great Opening Book
First rate job on the first book of the series which I read many years ago. The plot and sub-plots get more and more complex as things go forward, so it is going to be more and more difficult to do a good job in audio format.
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