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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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    M Morris 05-25-15
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    Great story. You will never look at a deck of cards the same.
    Zelazny will be remembered.

    Terrible pricing Audible.

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    Julius 03-26-15
    Julius 03-26-15

    A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!

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    "30+ years later it's still my favorite Amber story"
    What did you love best about Nine Princes in Amber?

    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.


    What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-13
    Hallie PIKESVILLE, MD, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2016

    avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.

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    "A very engaging story!"

    I loved this story. It was snarky and action packed. I'll definitely be listening to the next book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 11-05-12
    Steven 11-05-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Great stuff!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    Alessandro Juliani, who narrated the first half of the series, from Corwin's pov, did a really good job of capturing the tone and attitude of Zelazny's writing.

    Wil Wheaton, narrating the books from the pov of Merlin, son of Corwin, pick that up and also does a great job. I never have trouble distinguishing which character is speaking at any given moment, he remembers inflections and accents that he gives bit parts and keeps them consistent.

    Zelzany's writing is always an interesting mix of whimsical, edgy, and inventive. Sometimes the descriptions of landscapes go on and on, but by and large this is a very enjoyable and original series.


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    Troy Allison Dawson Annapolis MD USA 10-15-12
    Troy Allison Dawson Annapolis MD USA 10-15-12

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    "Great Start"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Nine Princes in Amber to be better than the print version?

    In audio at last Alessandro Juliani reading is very good,let you known who talking thouthout the story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hear about this series many year ago just never got round to it first book is very good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Shady Valley, TN, United States 10-01-12
    Amazon Customer Shady Valley, TN, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good rendition"
    What made the experience of listening to Nine Princes in Amber the most enjoyable?

    It had been a long time since I had read the book, and it was fun revisiting it through the eyes of someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corwin. He is the protagonist, and the story revolves around him.


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

    Same.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Fayetteville, Ga, United States 09-30-12
    Vincent Fayetteville, Ga, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2016

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    "A favorite finally available on Audible"
    What made the experience of listening to Nine Princes in Amber the most enjoyable?

    This is probably my all time favorite fantasy series that I read in book form previously. Nine Princes is the perfect first book for the series. The narrator did a good job but would have like to had Wil Wheaton to all 10 books of Amber. The story shines through though. Loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Zelazny crafted a very orginal take on the Fantasy genre and the dialogue is great


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

    I loved the ending of the story and the promise it holds for more


    Any additional comments?

    Get this, it's definitely worth the credit

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Consumer Georgia, US 09-28-12
    Consumer Georgia, US 09-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I do things!

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    "New again"
    If you could sum up Nine Princes in Amber in three words, what would they be?

    treachery
    mystical
    exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The though of manipulating "shadows" is a great story idea


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

    His meter and delivery with his own voices makes this book come to life with an edge I had not realized when I read the series 30+ years ago.


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

    Walk the pattern


    Any additional comments?

    Listening made this book new again. Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Colchester, CT, United States 09-24-12
    Timothy Colchester, CT, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2010

    Avid Reader and Listener. Favorite Genres are Fantasy, Science Fiction, Bios, Mystery, and books on Leadership. Chile of the 70s.

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    "Amber was my gateway to science fiction"
    What did you love best about Nine Princes in Amber?

    The first several chapters of this book pull you in utterly. The character development achieved by Zelazny is outstanding. There is a slow building tension in the book that initially seems reality based then slowly shifts into the sci fi genre. It takes a while to figure out what is going on, however, once the "rules" of Amber are made clear, its game on for story time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corbin is focus of the story in the initial Amber books, the later books focus on his son Merlin. This book introduces you to Corbin and the other members of the Royal Family of Amber. Corbin is my favorite character, not because he is the focus, because he is the most easy to relate to. The faults revealed in Corbin's character are as appealing as his virtues.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Corbin walks the pattern and his memory begins to return is the best part of the book for me. This is when the back story of many of his siblings begin to emerge.


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

    Yes. In fact I want all of the Amber books to be released in one comprehensive performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audiobooks regularly. I have a special place in my heart for Roger Zelazny as he was the first science fiction author I ever read. I tore into his stories of Amber with a great amount of zeal as a young man. The premise of shaping reality by mere force of will through infinite possibility was so enticing to me. The series backdrop is so well thought out that it allows for anything to happen, any plot to evolve any twist to take root. Roger Zelazny masterfully takes advantage of this in all of his Amber books. The story elements of family relations, politics, the romance of combat by blade, cunning and force of intellect. The underlying themes of balance in all things, Chaos and Order, Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, these books are all simply outstanding.

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    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 09-13-12
    Christopher Eugene, OR, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Thank Heaven this made it to Audible"

    Roger Zelazny was a wonderful, gifted writer. If you like science fiction/fantasy he wrote some unbelievable stories. I am so glad that this series has made it to Audible. The series is as fresh for me now as it was forty years ago when I started reading it. I can't recommend it enough. It is pointless to talk about one of these books in a vacuum. You must read the first six books as one story. The second six are not as good, but I still enjoy them. I can only hope that more of the works of Mr. Zelazny will be coming to Audible in the near future.

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 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
    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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