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.
No, the reader is great for other genres, but is not portraying the Amber characters well at all.Corwin for example, is centuries old, He has a narrative style that demands a more "Noir" voice, something that conveys a hint at least, of that quality of charisma you hear in Shakespearean trained actors voices. No offense to the reader, but more care should have been taken, I can't stand listeneniing to the story because of it.
NPiA is one of the original cross genre stories out there that involves Machiavellian royalty fighting for a throne, alternate realities and even a unicorn. :)
Depends on which book
Hire Peter Dinklage to narrate.
Read as a kid 40 years ago. Thought I would revisit and read again. Simplistic compared to many sci fi fantasy of this day and age ... But very enjoyable
This story has my all time favorite start. Completely original universe and fantasy concepts. Books are short but quite a few in series. Prose is beautiful.
A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!
Like most "first in a series" fantasy books I enjoyed entering a new world, meeting and getting to know new characters, and of course experiencing the story as it unfolds. And this has been a particular favorite since high school. Perhaps it's the way Nine Princes progresses. Corwin learns of his family situation at the same time that we do, a masterful job by Rodger Zelazny of putting the reader into the story. If you have never experienced the world of Amber give it a listen. The performance might not be the best, but the story is well worth the credit. But be warned, you might just get hooked on the whole series.
I am sorry to say it was the performance that hurt this book and the reason I will likely not purchase the rest of the first half of this series. There is just something about Alessandro Juliani's voice, pacing, and inflection that takes away from the story, at least for me. This is the first of Alessandro's books I have listened too and I didn't care for it. I have listened to samples of other performances and he seems to get better.
This is my all-time favorite book, and the narrator mostly gets it right. There were a few shaky moments here and there but overall he captures the personalities--if not always the full bombast--of the major characters. Well done.
I enjoyed this story a great deal. Reading old fantastic fiction is nostalgic and also a reminder of our changing mores. This story is still enjoyable but quite dated.
I enjoyed revisiting the first of the Amber novels I once read as a teen again. Prince Corwin's story deserved to be made into an audiobook. I thought the performance was mostly well done with one notable exception: Corwin's brother, Random, should not have been made to sound like a pipsqueak. No Prince of Amber should sound like that.
I have been familiar with Zelazneys work for many years and never fail to appreciate his imagination. The plot keeps racing along and keeps you going. The "find out what happens next" factor is strong.
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