Nine Princes in Amber : Chronicles of Amber

  • by Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by Alessandro Juliani
  • Series: Chronicles of Amber
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Eileen

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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- Teorgian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios