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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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    Connie Mount Pleasant, UT, United States 06-07-16
    Connie Mount Pleasant, UT, United States 06-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "addictive"

    loved it, can't wait to hear more in this series. highly recommend this book series

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    Michael J. Parra 05-16-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Infinite pleasure"

    This is a series that I could listen to, on repeat for the rest of my life. Non-stop. A must read/listen to series that will change the way you view the world.

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    Terry Miller 05-04-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Wonderful series, beautifully done"

    Roger Zelazny's great Amber series work comes alive again through Audio books. I am able to once again enjoy the stories in the audio form. Very well done!

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    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 04-27-16
    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 04-27-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Still great after all these years!!"

    I read this series over 15 years ago and was enthralled. Now I'm listening and it is still great!!!

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    Amazon Customer Southern New Hampshire 04-01-16
    Amazon Customer Southern New Hampshire 04-01-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Totally adequate vocal interpretation"

    There was not a moment's disappointment in the vocal interpretation. For everyone who knows you're Corwin, Prince of Amber, Jupiter will not be disappointed.

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    Joe Kraus Kingston, PA, United States 03-23-16
    Joe Kraus Kingston, PA, United States 03-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A Classic that Holds Up"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I listened to this many years ago as it was read by the author. He lacks the capacity for multiple voices that Juliani brings to it, but I think that's all to the good. Juliani gives each brother a different accent, often exaggeratedly so. Zelazny made them all run together. Everyone sounded the same, in an almost bored, been-there manner. If that meant less artistry, it also meant a truer interpretation of the work. These guys are virtually interchangeable in their cruelty, and I think that was part of what Zelazny was after. Characterizing them like this dampens the noir foundation of the books.


    Any additional comments?

    I’m came back to this one after 20 years, and after it had grown in my memory as one of the best fantasy novels I’d ever read. The good news: this absolutely holds up. If you don’t know Amber, then put it on your list. It’s an accomplishment right up there with anything in the genre.

    It’s particularly rewarding to revisit the book in the wake of George R.R. Martin’s recent success. I can see a good bit of Martin’s vision growing out of Zelazny’s. As I read them, they are the two most successful fantasy series to take place in, essentially, amoral universes. Neither gives us anyone who really comes across as a “good guy.” Neither privileges the point-of-view character(s) as somehow better than his or her rivals. Corwin may develop some compassion, but he is still generally indifferent to mortal suffering. He may feel bad about sacrificing a quarter of a million “shadow dwellers” in the service of his ambition, but he never lets it ruin his day.

    The central difference between Martin and Zelazny, though, is that Martin’s moral neutrality comes from a sense of realpolitik, a post-Cold War sensibility in which all sides are capable of harming others. Zelazny’s comes from an older, hardboiled sentiment: the world is cold and indifferent, and everyone is ultimately a son-of-a-bitch. Once you embrace that foundational truth, you can have a lot of fun.

    And this is fun. If it isn’t as sprawling as Martin’s work, it’s much more efficient. (The first five Amber novels combined are probably not much longer than the first Game of Thrones book.) It begins as an almost conventional noir story: an amnesiac wakes to discover he’s being drugged against his will in a private “hospital.” We learn his history at the same time he does. It turns out to be a huge history, one that implicitly stands at the heart of many of the mythologies we know in the West. Corwin and his siblings have been interfering in Earthly affairs for centuries, yet we humans can glimpse them only in shadowy form and cannot hope to comprehend what their one true world of Amber looks like.

    You’ll know whether the genre interests you. If it does, give this one a shot. It’s short, adrenaline-fueled, and can stand alone. If you get hooked, though, there’s a lot more where it came from, and you’ll introduce yourself to one of the real masters.

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    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-19-16
    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Blaah"

    Little plot and less character development. The narrator's cynical tone seals it's fate. The only interesting plot development come immediately before the climax and the end. Almost but not quite enough to bother with the next in the series.

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    Michael 02-21-16
    Michael 02-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Ageless"

    I have loved the chronicles of Amber since first picking it up and the immortal city lives on in this shadow of Zelanzy's finest work.

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    Rich Sonora, CA, United States 02-15-16
    Rich Sonora, CA, United States 02-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Read it. You won't regret it"

    Fantastic book. I have listened to all of the series.
    Funny thing is, is that I have many favorites. But this story I always find myself listening to over and over again. I read it at least once a year since my dad showed it to me about five years ago. I thank the writer for the joy of his words, and I thank my dad for introducing them to me

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    Books4Days US 12-25-15
    Books4Days US 12-25-15

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    "As Good As I Remembered!"

    I remember being enthralled with these books back in the early 80's and was excited to see them available on audible. The tale seems to be timeless - I haven't read them in at least a couple of decades, and although I knew the story, the audible presentation seemed fresh to me. There is some dating to it, although it doesn't hurt the story. For instance, in the 70's and 80's, smoking was still in vogue, and Corwin does a lot of it; whereas that practice has since lost it's cultural appeal. This is Vintage Sci-Fi/Fan well worth a read/listen.

    Alessandro Juliani did a great job. His matter-of-factly, first-person narration of Corwin of Amber was spot on.

    Put on your headphones and let Zelazny and Juliani walk you through the shadows of Amber.

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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.

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  • 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
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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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