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Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1 | [Roger Zelazny]

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

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.
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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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    Steph United States 09-15-13
    Steph United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I wanted to like this, didn't, and gave up"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Asenath Waite Boston 08-31-13
    Asenath Waite Boston 08-31-13

    Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.

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    "I dont get all the hype"
    Would you try another book from Roger Zelazny and/or Alessandro Juliani?

    By Alessandro Juliani definitely, Zelazny, not so sure....


    Has Nine Princes in Amber turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Sadly, even though i am into sci-fi, I was never into fantasy. This did not help.


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

    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.


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

    All of them. The dialogue is nice but nothing is happening!!


    Any additional comments?

    Regret using a credit for this. Ugh

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    06-14-13
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    "Beware"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The ART-ERY Asheville, NC 06-05-13
    The ART-ERY Asheville, NC 06-05-13
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    "Story was all over the place and pretty confusing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Book of Souls ... I read Secret of the Seventh Son last and it was a good book.


    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    Great voices for different characters


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shay Bella 05-21-13
    Shay Bella 05-21-13

    Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories

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    "A good start :)"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 05-03-13
    Peter 05-03-13
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    "Zelazny did a better Corwin"
    What did you love best about Nine Princes in Amber?

    It was the first story I can remember reading about the idea of a multiverse. I think I read this before Elric of Melinbone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyle Brown 04-16-13
    Lyle Brown 04-16-13

    Beerking

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    "Excellent novel, Jr High level narration"

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kehinde Ojodu, Nigeria 04-12-13
    Kehinde Ojodu, Nigeria 04-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "About Amber and Shadow"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Random, he sounds like a crazy, easy going guy.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 04-06-13
    Justin quebec, QC, Canada 04-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "bad boring bla"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GoAudio Modesto, CA, United States 04-05-13
    GoAudio Modesto, CA, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "disapointing"
    What would have made Nine Princes in Amber better?

    way to wordy...got off on tangents that became boring


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This is a 10 book series and I have so far stopped at 3


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No emotion ...sounded like he was in a hurry at times


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were some interesting characters


    Any additional comments?

    I'm debating if I should continue the series

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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