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 had this book recommended to me several times. I saw it on sale a while ago and thought I had won the lottery. I rarely give up on books but half way through I was frustrated and surrendered. It's a short book and thought I could push through but just couldn't. To fans out there I'm sorry. I had a hard time with the very basic character development. The story is set with a man you will find to be a prince from a place called Amber fighting for succession of the throne with his brothers. The narration felt over acted and some of the voices, especially of Random, was painful. Between the narration and the flat character development I gave up. I always defer to others who read the whole book, but use this to help you decide if you are on the fence.
Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.
By Alessandro Juliani definitely, Zelazny, not so sure....
Sadly, even though i am into sci-fi, I was never into fantasy. This did not help.
All of them. Gaeta's baritone voice is simply amazing, be it singing on battlestar, reading solaris, or doing characters here. Really a wonderful job.
All of them. The dialogue is nice but nothing is happening!!
Regret using a credit for this. Ugh
If you are like me and have affinity for the works of Brandon Sanderson, David Eddings, Brent Weeks, Robert Jordan, Patrick Rothfuss, Michael J Sullivan, etc. this book is NOT in the same vein. If Alice in Wonderland were a state in a country, this book is the next state over, but that state is bankrupt on creativity. If you detest the usage of cigarettes in movies and books, steer clear. This book is more science fiction with the occasional use of a rapier. Parallel Earths and a modern setting is just not my cup of tea. Funny thing is that I almost contacted customer support because I thought the download was not Nine Princes in Amber... that is how far this one is off the tracks for me.
The narrator was great but that's about it.. maybe its just me but the story was really confusing and just a bunch of strange stuff.
Book of Souls ... I read Secret of the Seventh Son last and it was a good book.
Great voices for different characters
it was ok at first but by chapter 4 and 5 it started to get all crazy and just totally bizarre stuff that I couldn't follow. I thought it would get better and things would start to make more sense but it continued to get crazier and make less sense each chapter.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
As the summary says, this is the first of a 10 book series, and it kicks things off well.
Narration first. Mr. Juliani has an excellent reading voice, and managed the feminine voices without much trouble. There were sections when it seemed like the reading was on 1.5x speed, but for the most part the tempo was just about right. I'll be more likely to pick up something with him reading.
I have had a number of people recommend Zelazny to me as a Science Fiction author, and as someone who's more into the new Sci Fi than the older works, I was hesitant to give him a go. As I've matured, my reading tastes have changed to prefer character development, especially internal growth, to broad social commentary, which is what I was expecting given the people who were recommending Mr. Zelazny's work.
While this was neither social commentary, nor quite about character development, it was still a good story. The hero of the story starts off with no clue who he is, and as he uncovers more about his past, the story sucks you into a larger scale plot.
It wasn't the story type that I typically like, and yet I like it anyhow, which I find to be the mark of a good storyteller.
It was the first story I can remember reading about the idea of a multiverse. I think I read this before Elric of Melinbone.
Corwin - I like how he, like us, starts out not knowing anything about what is going on, and we go on a journey of discovery with him.
I enjoyed all of the characterizations by Alessandro Juliani except for Corwin and Random. For Random, I thought I had increased the speed of the playback he was talking so fast. I had heard the abridged version of the Chronicles of Amber years ago, Zelazny's gruff voice did a better job of portraying the larger than life character of Corwin. However, other than these two, Alessandro did a better job on the rest.
When Corwin regains his memory of himself when walking the pattern. The realization that he has lived hundreds of years and the hints of the influence he has had on our world.
The first of Zelazny's famous Amber Chronicles, this is an excellent book, and a great read. Unfortunately, the lack luster narration is about what you might expect from a Junior high School play...except your kid isn't in this one, so why are you here?
Random, he sounds like a crazy, easy going guy.
I still can't bring myself to agree with the theme of the book, I can't help but see Earth as real and Amber the shadow.
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.
way to wordy...got off on tangents that became boring
This is a 10 book series and I have so far stopped at 3
No emotion ...sounded like he was in a hurry at times
There were some interesting characters
I'm debating if I should continue the series
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