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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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  • Timothy
  • Colchester, CT, United States
  • 09-24-12

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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  • C. Moore
  • Eugene, OR United States
  • 09-13-12

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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Absolutely outstanding!

Would you listen to Nine Princes in Amber again? Why?

I have made a point to read this entire series every few years every since I discovered them as a teenager. This series and Zelazny's writing really resonate with me. Superb and well worth the time

Have you listened to any of Alessandro Juliani’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to previous "book on tape" versions of this series before and they were passable, but Alessandro breaths new life into the story. His character voicing is fantastic and his characterizations are spot on

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

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

Truly looking forward to the second half of the series and Wil Wheaton's performance

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  • Breck
  • Georgetown, KY, United States
  • 09-13-12

my favorite sci fi series comes to Audible!!!

What did you love best about Nine Princes in Amber?

beautifully written and read!<br/>

Who was your favorite character and why?

Corwin...the master of his own domain

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

an undertone of credence to a wonderful story

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

i loved the time in the dungeon when Corwin has lost his sight<br/>

Any additional comments?

so excited that the Amber/Courts of Chaos series has come to life in a new format

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Great performance

What made the experience of listening to Nine Princes in Amber the most enjoyable?

A. J. Did a great job of bringing the characters to life.

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

The coronation of Eric.

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

Dworkin

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

Family Fued

Any additional comments?

This was one of my favorite books when I read the paperback. Alessandro Juliani has made it one of my favorite Audible books as well.

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  • Stephen
  • Western United States
  • 08-31-12

Finally

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I have requested this book for many years from Audible. I am so glad they were finally able to work with the publisher to make this fantastic story avaialbe to it's listeners. I have read this story many times and began reading when in the fourth grade. Roger was truly one of the masters, even if he is overlooked when reviewers begin comparing current works in the science fiction and fantasy genre. What a n amazing story teller. Roger narrated this story prior to his death in an abridged format with suncoast productions that i purchased on cassette many years ago. Although I enjoyed Rogers narration better than Alessandro, Alessandro did a wonderful job with voice differentiation and has a good rhythm and annunciation. Please enjoy as much as I have.

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  • Doug
  • Flint, MI, United States
  • 08-31-12

Life is full of vicissitudes

I'll admit it, I have been a longtime fan of the Chronicles of Amber, in fact since I was in high school and finally found something I loved in the Library. I read the first five books like they were coal to my flame. As a gamer, I still play Amber Diceless Roleplaying (and still attend their conventions well after that game went out of print).

So I'm biased. You should know where I'm coming from after all.

But the Chronicles, in particular the first half of them (Books 1-5, which is Corwin's tale at the edge of Chaos; the underlying conceit of the first chronicles is that it is all a sort of extended flashback with Corwin as his own narrator) have earned a special place in my heart for a reason. I would recommend them to others, and in fact have done so many times. I have gone so far as to buy them for others as gifts. They are that good, and this is the first part.

A note on the narration: At first, I was not sure. I thought Corwin should have more weight, more gravitas. But as I listened to the books, more and more I got over that. Alessandro Juliani does a great job with the characters, he differentiates them relatively well with a few exceptions (his Lord Rein and Prince Random are not identical, but they are close; but luckily they share no scenes together in the books so that is immaterial). I would very definitely not think twice about getting a book that was given voice by this narrator. Kudos, Mr. Juliani, and to quote the meta-narrator (Corwin himself) "...you will be remembered in Amber forever!"

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  • Matt A.
  • BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States
  • 08-30-12

A great performance for a fantastic series.

I've been a fan of Roger Zelazny's Amber series since I discovered it decades ago, and was delighted to discover this new, unabridged adaptation of his masterwork. Alessandro Juliani does a great job as narrator, capturing Corwin's voice and personality well, and while some of his vocal choices for the rest of the family take a moment's getting used to, he manages to imbue each character with a distinctive voice and manner that draws you into the tale. Listening to the opening volume once more, I remember again why I was so drawn to this world, and can't wait to work my way through all ten books in the series. This one's definitely a must-have if you're an Amber fan, and if you're unfamiliar with the tales of the immortal city at the heart of all things, you're in for a treat.

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  • Bob
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 08-26-12

Wow....... buy this book!

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

I read this book in high school...........the story was great! 4 stars! The Narrator made story come alive and added to great writing. 5 stars!

What did you like best about this story?

The Writing......

What about Alessandro Juliani’s performance did you like?

He made the characters live.

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

The walking of the pattern.

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Finally, AMBER!

Would you listen to Nine Princes in Amber again? Why?

Most certainly I would like to listen again. This series is one of my very favorite stories of all time, and this new reading is beautiful, full of life and personality. Each character feels vibrant with Alessandro's reading. I had the Roger Zelazny reading, and while the man was a genius, he lacked the flair to really bring his characters to life in the reading. I am glad to own this!

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

This book, and this story is incomparable to most other stories and you quickly can tell why through Corwin's eyes as he rediscovers his incredible powers. This series is undefinable as far as genre goes, because it's sci-fi AND high fantasy. It has cunning political intrigue, epic battles, swashbuckling mixed with the twin 'magics' of high technology and deep ritual magick.

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scene struck me as most memorable and is what originally drew me into the rest of the series when I was a boy. Waking up in a hospital bed, who am I? What has happened to me? And more importantly, who is chasing me and why?

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

Don't make this a film. Please no. It would be ruined, I'm sure.

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