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.
Rich fantasy story with vivid images and characters. Action filled and fully realized if a bit sexist in the way a 60's James Bond movie seems today. Good narration if not great.
I've heard the talking book version and liked it alot. This is better and well worth the price. I still wish there was a movie series.
The characters are flimsy, and the dialogue is dreadful. If I didnt know better, I would expect that it was written by a high school student. I can only surmise that you cant read this book out of the context of when it was written (1970) and how it fit in to the development of the genre.
Very strong start with the narrator waking to amnesia and bluffing his way through a cast of vivid characters. Later morphs into an action-fantasy. And quite funny.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
I gave this book three stars, which isn't quite fair. I would have given it three and a half stars if I could. It just wasn't a four star listen to me, but it wasn't a three star either. The story was good if not a little odd. I liked the clever plot motifs that were used, they were if anything unique. I also liked the action scenes, their portrayal was very different than I am use to. They were drawn with an almost detached skill, told with an elegant prose, that is hard to dislike. I also liked the characters which were multi faceted and complex. The problem with this book was the writing itself. It was not bad writing but it was archaic. The entire book in fact was archaic. The way it was written and told was very alien to me and it kind of put me off. I would put this novel under the category of not aging well. It just doesn't live up to some of the great books that we read today. The final small issue I had with this book was its length. It was so short I had a hard time spending a credit on it. The narrator did a good if unremarkable job. As a whole, this book really didn't do much for me, it just didn't leave much of an impression, but it wasn't a bad book.
Although I felt that the narrator did as well as he could with the material, the story was not worth his effort. The author's description of people and events read like a thirdhand synopsis. I never had a feeling of presence or a connection with the characters. I have no desire to read the follow ups or recommend the book to others.
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
First-I start with a three stars and move from there.
This book never moved.
Complicated alternative universe with the hero moving thru the narrative cycle while suffering from amnesia. Forgettable book, too.
I won't be pursuing any further in the series and suggest that unless you are a huge fan of Zelazny you look for the better stories here on Audible. 😱
I love Roger Zelazny. I've read the series long ago and it was one of my favorites. I thought it was time to experience it again. With hopes high, I went for it. Sadly, I was very disappointed with Alessandro Juliani. How he could make so many characters sound like they should be cartoon rats in Brooklyn was disturbing. So disturbing that I'll have to read the books again instead of listening. Sorry Alessandro, I just can't do another one.
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