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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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    M. Schneider 03-20-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A fun ride."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    No, I enjoyed reading it as much as I listened to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the characters first begin walking through the shadows.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I enjoyed it enough where I wish I had, had the time to listen to it all in one setting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne United States 03-11-13
    Suzanne United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic series from the 70s with great narrator."

    I have already recommended this series to friends. From the beginning it pulls you in. It's not just a Sci-Fi, it's political intrigue and mystery. I started this series on a bike ride in to work and arrived at work TOO FAST....because I wanted to hear more of the book. Could not wait to get back on the bike for the ride home. Download the first of the series and hop on for the ride....it's bumpy and twisted.

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    Janeite 03-07-13
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    "Why such high ratings?"

    After struggling along I realized I was reading a computer game. First, this barrier, then that barrier to overcome, then out pops the monster to fight, blah, blah. Where is the novel? All populated with a bunch of dislikable characters. I finally got tired of trying to like this audiobook and stopped struggling. I feel pretty ripped off. If I wanted a computer game, I would play one, not try to read one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Luella 03-05-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Decent rendition of an old series I kinda remember"
    Where does Nine Princes in Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very much in the middle. ..which means it was worth the credit! Not a favorite but then I read the written series "long long ago in a universe far away" when it was being written. I liked the Amber series then but it was never an auto buy qnd I never read every book as the series dragged on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't believe I would change anything. I have pretty much forgotten the series and enjoyed rediscovering this story. It is a little medieval in an alternate universe. No complaints.


    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    As I don't remember, it must have been okay but nothing to rave about. Since I gave him 4 stars immediately after listening to the book he is a good narrator but not the top (of which there are very few).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not so much. Compared to my favorite authors which include Bujold, Eric Flint's 1632 series, David Eddings Belgarion and Mallorean series (not to mention the GREATS like Heinlein and Tolkien) this iw an interesting story and a series I will continue to follow when I need a new read and can't find one I REALLY want.


    Any additional comments?

    Good solid story and writing. If you like Game of Thrones or Christopher Stasheff's Wizard series you will likely enjoy this series. Beware. ..like the Ringworld books and other series I seem to remember that there's a lot of books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MsclQuake 02-19-13
    MsclQuake 02-19-13

    I enjoy sci fi and fantasy, action thrillers, horror and romantic gay m/m fiction

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    "Great introduction to a series"
    Would you try another book from Roger Zelazny and/or Alessandro Juliani?

    Yes the story was interesting but Alessandro really brought the characters to life and gave them personality.


    Would you recommend Nine Princes in Amber to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes its a fast paced introduction to a series of fantasy novels that sound like fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The road to Amber and walking the pattern


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yep


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    John Malkin 02-18-13
    John Malkin 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Where it all began..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    I loved this book when I first read it and the audio is just as wonderful. It will get you hooked.


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    Barbara Deltona, Fl, United States 02-13-13
    Barbara Deltona, Fl, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would tell anyone to listen to this book. It was great! From the first words spoken Alessandro draws you into the story and keeps you on edge to find out what happens next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is no way to pick my favorite scene. It is all one great scene.


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

    I wanted to not have to go to work-listening in my car on my phone--or get home. I love listening to books in the car. This books has been one of the best I have listened to


    Any additional comments?

    I have already gone onto book 2 and ready for book 3

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    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 02-11-13
    Amazon Customer Charlotte, NC United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Start to a Great Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If the friend were into fantasy, then absolutely. The First Chronicles of Amber are fantastic and I've loved them since I first picked them up in the early 80s. Alessandro Juliani does a terrific job capturing the deadpan tone of the protagonist. It's a nice piece of work.


    What other book might you compare Nine Princes in Amber to and why?

    Hard to say. Sword and board fantasy meets 70s snark. I'm not sure there is an apt analogy. I can say that it is intelligent fantasy, with some nice insights into the theory of the multiverse and how there can be infinite variations of reality.


    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    He captured the deadpan snark of Corwin quite well. I thought he also brought Eric's pomposity to life nicely too. He did a good job with the female characters, not relying on just a falsetto to differentiate them. The only quibble I have is that he has a tendency to rely on nasal intonations for ostensibly weaker characters - Random and Raine, for example.


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

    I'm A What and I Can Do What?


    Any additional comments?

    Great books - classics of fantasy literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 02-01-13
    Joshua 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A proper Audio version of an all-time classic"

    The Amber Series is been one of my favorite series of all time and the first book "Nine Princes in Amber" kicks it off in proper fashion.

    I had tried to listen to the original audio books read by the Author, but found the use background sound effects distracting. This version is far superior with a wonderful performance by Alessandro Juliani.

    The main character awakes in a hospital bed with amnesia. The story is told in first-person so we learn the character's background as he does. This eliminates the need for extensive background and allows you to enjoy the world Zelanzy creates as well as appreciate the story.

    An excellent beginning to an excellent series, The Chronicles of Amber stand up well to the test of time.

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    Jarrett Raleigh, NC, United States 01-31-13
    Jarrett Raleigh, NC, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Are we sure this wasn't abridged?"
    What did you like best about Nine Princes in Amber? What did you like least?

    It's a really interesting story premise. But the sequence of events felt very rushed --- to the point where I really kept wondering whether I'd accidentally bought the abridged version.


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

    He's a good voice actor. Good character voices. Good articulation.


    Was Nine Princes in Amber worth the listening time?

    eh... yes, I enjoyed the story. It seemed over before it really began. Maybe the rest of the series does a great job with it, but based on this one I'm not sure I want to invest 9 more audible credits toward finishing it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Eileen
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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
  • 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
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
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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
  • 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 2 people found this review helpful
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