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Nine Princes in Amber Audiobook

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

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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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    Van A. Plexico near St Louis, USA 03-22-15
    Van A. Plexico near St Louis, USA 03-22-15

    MageAU

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    "Good performance of an excellent classic"

    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.

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    zorn 02-27-15
    zorn 02-27-15
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    "Good story from way back..."

    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.

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    Rita E. Gorra 01-26-15

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    "Loved it"

    This series was one of my favorite stories. I had forgotten it. I like it much better than the Lord of the Rings. It is deeper and makes more sense.

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    Terry Vasquez ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, US 01-09-15
    Terry Vasquez ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, US 01-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A Memorable Tale"

    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.

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    peter 12-10-14
    peter 12-10-14 Listener Since 2010
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    "great story well read but OVER PRICED"

    will not be buying the rest of the series until it becomes better value for money

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    Sandra Foster 11-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Zelazney is a master"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    Yes


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    De Phoegon 09-28-14
    De Phoegon 09-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Believable fantasy fiction"
    Would you listen to Nine Princes in Amber again? Why?

    It's an honestly good start to the series, and does a good job at setting up characters and, even on it's own while it doesn't finish the story arc (of course), it doesn't feel incomplete nor does it feel like there is anything left hanging that needs to be answered right away.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nine Princes in Amber?

    I honestly have a hard time deciding between how the character maneuvers around not knowing details & ability to get information, or just the personality in general of corwin (sp. error)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I personally have no favorite scenes, but have to admit I liked the character building & exploration during the earlier chapters the most.


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

    My interest was held the entire way through it. Got to dislike some characters, and enjoy it for what it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish to goodness sake that the 'Chronicles of Amber' book (All in one) was released as 1 audiobook download... but it's worth getting all 9 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cassandra 09-07-14
    cassandra 09-07-14

    I am new to audible, but i love it so far.

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    "Excellent book and excellent narration."
    Would you listen to Nine Princes in Amber again? Why?

    I would listen to it again because I really enjoy the narration the story and the pacing is good. The story is a bit of fantasy a bit of science fiction balanced in a very elegant way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corwin of course, I don't want to give away too much but he's the main character and it's told from his perspective. The first person perspective is written really well and I enjoyed getting to know Corwin.


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

    Alessandro Juliani does an amazing job with giving each character their own voice and feel; it made visualizing the whole story very easy and exciting.


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

    I enjoyed the irony, it made me laugh and I really liked the poetic descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall its a really good book narrated beautifully and I would recommend it to anyone.

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    GregoryM 06-07-14
    GregoryM 06-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Got it on sale and regret buying it"
    What would have made Nine Princes in Amber better?

    The book seems very cliche with the main character starting the book with amnesia and a power struggle for the throne but the author has so little character development that I never really felt a reason to root for or care about the main character.


    What could Roger Zelazny have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author should have expanded more and provided more back story. It seems he was trying to create mystery and drama but instead he glosses over main points and leaves quite a bit out. The book was extremely short and could have easily been expanded.


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

    I would have sent the book back and told the author to finish writing the book before trying to get this published.


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    Christopher 05-26-14
    Christopher 05-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Oy! What was he thinking?"
    What didn’t you like about Alessandro Juliani’s performance?

    Almost everything! What in the name of namable things was he thinking with some of his voice characterizations, making Random seem like a refugee from the Revenge of the Nerds?


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

    How I lost 100 million dollars trying to make an unfilmable movie!


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, you have to understand, I love this entire series and have done for more than thirty years. Amber is, perhaps oddly, one of those comfort settings I return to from time to time, and each time I am still blown away by the tour de force that Roger Zelazny created in the making of this world and the people who dwell therein. So it was with great pleasure that I found Amber on Audible. I downloaded the first book in the series and sat back to enjoy another visit to a place I always come away the happier for having visited.

    Within an hour of beginning, I was gritting my teeth as Juliani's Random, turned into a caricature of a braces-wearing teen ager who happens to hold the keys to the universe came slushing through my headphones. Mr. Juliani is a talented narrator with a wide vocal range to work with. I was dismayed at his handiwork, but I will be giving the Guns of Avalon a go to see if things get better.

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  • Eileen
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    5/14/13
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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 4 people found this review helpful
  • Teorgian
    1/31/17
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    "Great performance, if you like this type of thing"
    What would have made Nine Princes in Amber better?

    There's nothing so much wrong with the book, per se, so much as it is not what I'd been expecting.

    This is an action-packed, all-swords-blazing fantasy romp.


    What was most disappointing about Roger Zelazny’s story?

    It's solidly put together, if a little guilty of falling into cliche.

    It's a story about a bunch of aristocrats who all want to be King. They're all a little bland, and act alike, even though one is labelled the Hero and one is labelled the Tyrant.

    The characters speak in fairly standard Fantasy Language - a weird admixture of Thee-Thou-ing and modern slang.

    The story is simple and linear, and the plot is propelled by the hero being revealed to have more and more special powers over time.

    It could be great fun escapism if you like this type of thing, but it's not especially inventive. It does show its age.


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

    People who are already fans of the Amber series should definitely go ahead and get this, the performance of Juliani is really good; a nice pace, with enough modulation in tone and diversity in characterisation to keep things interesting without becoming distracting.


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  • Norma Miles
    6/13/15
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    "Sublime Zelazny"

    Beautiful, magical!, visual, exciting, intriguing - I could go on and on with superlatives for his well crafted story which carries the listener breathtakingly fast forward through unknowingness and recovering memory, different world's and battles in quest of the throne of Amber, the one true reality. I'm not often a fan of fantasy but this is sublime, Zelazny supreme. And all read to perfection by Alessandro Juliani.
    A wonderful book.
    Now, please excuse me as I start listening to book two - can't wait.

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  • 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
    1/1/15
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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 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Ballard
    Evesham, UK
    7/20/15
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    "Never gets old"
    What did you like most about Nine Princes in Amber?

    Rich characters and background.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to the Nine Princes of Amber several times over the years and still enjoy it as much today as when I first read it.

    0 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 3 people found this review helpful

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