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Nine Princes in Amber Audiobook

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

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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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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Not sure what the others reviewers see in this"

    I was looking for a good series of books to listen to on car trips that are about 5-6 hours long and this series seemed perfect. Since it is a long series of books in a genre I love with pretty good reviews I picked up the first 2 books during one of Audible's promotions.

    Now after having listened to the first book I regret owning the second. Unlike many of the positive reviews I read on this site I did not read the book long ago so my impression is not warped by nostalgia.

    The characters have little depth, large events are rushed through, and the narration by Alessandro Juliani is mediocre at best. I found myself with no attachment to the main character Corwin and his other family members are equally uninteresting. Not enough information was ever given about Amber itself for me to care about who rules it so the story arc of Corwin trying to retake it held no suspense for me. Battles were rushed through with little detail and in the end I found myself just wanting the book to be over so I could spend my time listening to something better.

    Alessandro Juliani wasn't horrible and he does do a variety of voices, but his narration as the main character Corwin is stiff and boring. It made it seem like Corwin cared as little about the outcome of the story as I did. I wouldn't shy away from other Juliani narrations though because I could tell that he has the talent to do a better job with different material.

    So my advice would be to steer clear unless you have fond memories from having already read the book as those reviewers seem to be very satisfied with this offering.

    24 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14
    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, won't finish series"
    Would you listen to Nine Princes in Amber again? Why?

    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.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    peter 12-10-14
    peter 12-10-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "great story well read but OVER PRICED"

    will not be buying the rest of the series until it becomes better value for money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nate G 07-11-14
    Nate G 07-11-14
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    "great story, horrible narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I've read the stories years ago, and love them. But the narrator in this book is horrible. He is forcing accents on characters that don't have them, with little thought of how they match the characters. A high pitched nasal whine for Random, a British aristocrat for Ganelon, an inconsistent souther accent for Dara, and most bizarre of all a Texan accent for Benedict.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alessandro Juliani’s performances?

    Doubtful


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-13
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2016

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "A very engaging story!"

    I loved this story. It was snarky and action packed. I'll definitely be listening to the next book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 11-05-12
    Steven 11-05-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Great stuff!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Allison Dawson Annapolis MD USA 10-15-12
    Troy Allison Dawson Annapolis MD USA 10-15-12

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    "Great Start"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    In audio at last Alessandro Juliani reading is very good,let you known who talking thouthout the story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hear about this series many year ago just never got round to it first book is very good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Shady Valley, TN, United States 10-01-12
    Amazon Customer Shady Valley, TN, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good rendition"
    What made the experience of listening to Nine Princes in Amber the most enjoyable?

    It had been a long time since I had read the book, and it was fun revisiting it through the eyes of someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corwin. He is the protagonist, and the story revolves around him.


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

    Same.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Fayetteville, Ga, United States 09-30-12
    Vincent Fayetteville, Ga, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2016

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    "A favorite finally available on Audible"
    What made the experience of listening to Nine Princes in Amber the most enjoyable?

    This is probably my all time favorite fantasy series that I read in book form previously. Nine Princes is the perfect first book for the series. The narrator did a good job but would have like to had Wil Wheaton to all 10 books of Amber. The story shines through though. Loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Zelazny crafted a very orginal take on the Fantasy genre and the dialogue is great


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the ending of the story and the promise it holds for more


    Any additional comments?

    Get this, it's definitely worth the credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Georgia, US 09-28-12
    Tony Georgia, US 09-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I do things!

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    "New again"
    If you could sum up Nine Princes in Amber in three words, what would they be?

    treachery
    mystical
    exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The though of manipulating "shadows" is a great story idea


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

    His meter and delivery with his own voices makes this book come to life with an edge I had not realized when I read the series 30+ years ago.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Walk the pattern


    Any additional comments?

    Listening made this book new again. Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Eileen
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    5/14/13
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    "FANTASTIC FANTASY"

    I read this book and also the subsequent four books years ago and was totally enthralled by them. I've been waiting a long time to get them on audio. The story is still brilliant but feel the performance could be improved upon. Alessandro Juliani does a good job but I feel audio books would really benefit from having a narrator and a different actors for the different characters. There is a limit to what one person can do by way of changing voices and it is sometimes difficult for a male to replicate a female voice and vice versa. However, having said the above, I really enjoyed the experience of Nine Princes in Amber and the subsequent four books of the quintology in audio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    1/1/15
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    "Not What I Expected"


    Story - 5/5

    Having had recommendations for this series for some time now, it sounded like it was going to be quite hard going and complex. After finally taking the plunge, I was surprised about how smooth and easy to follow it was. It starts with Corwin waking up with amnesia, so we learn gradually as he remembers things. I loved this style personally and it made for a very humorous story.

    Roger Zelazny's prose is very concise and to-the-point, so although this is quite a short audiobook, you do still get a complete story out of it. The story is a halfway house between Sci-fi and fantasy, and is nothing like I have ever come across before. A very obscure concept, but I found it very intriguing.

    The characterisation is very strong. It allows the reader to get a very quick grasp of what everyone is about, and their part in the world of Amber. All characters are likeable, and the exchanges they have are very witty.

    A very strong first book, and I will definitely be purchasing the rest in the series


    Performance - 4.5/5

    Alessandro Juliani was superb in my opinion. I thought his narration and voice acting added to the humour and excitement of the story very nicely. I thought he was the perfect fit for Corwin's personality, and all character's voices were distinctly recognisable and well portrayed. I was shocked to see a review that didn't like him actually

    He reads the story very quickly, which I personally quite liked, but others may not. Another narrator may have added 1-1.5 hours onto the length of this audiobook. Listen to the sample if you are unsure, but you can always slow it down on the audible app if necessary.


    Overall - 5/5

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Ballard
    Evesham, UK
    7/20/15
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    "Never gets old"
    What did you like most about Nine Princes in Amber?

    Rich characters and background.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to the Nine Princes of Amber several times over the years and still enjoy it as much today as when I first read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    6/13/15
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    "Sublime Zelazny"

    Beautiful, magical!, visual, exciting, intriguing - I could go on and on with superlatives for his well crafted story which carries the listener breathtakingly fast forward through unknowingness and recovering memory, different world's and battles in quest of the throne of Amber, the one true reality. I'm not often a fan of fantasy but this is sublime, Zelazny supreme. And all read to perfection by Alessandro Juliani.
    A wonderful book.
    Now, please excuse me as I start listening to book two - can't wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freakeenik
    5/16/15
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    "Great writer"

    Big fan of Zelazny, great to be able to listen now my eyesight has begun to decay. Read in a great manner keeping the story alive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M.N.Walls
    8/10/14
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    "Had to give up."
    Would you ever listen to anything by Roger Zelazny again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator could have made the characters more believable.


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

    I didn't get to the end as the narrator and story was so irritating.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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