The Guns of Avalon : Chronicles of Amber

  • by Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by Alessandro Juliani
  • Series: Chronicles of Amber
  • 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Guns of Avalon is the second book of 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 started 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.
Across the worlds of Shadow, Corwin, Prince of blood royal, heir to the throne of Amber, gathers his forces for an assault that will yield up to him the crown that is rightfully his. But, a growing darkness of his own doing threatens Corwin's plans, an evil that stretches to the heart of the perfect kingdom itself where the demonic forces of Chaos mass to annihilate Amber and all who would rule there.

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FANTASTIC FANTASY

I can only reiterate my review of Nine Princes in Amber. This is part of a quintology and, I feel, needs to be read or heard as one book as the story arc starts with Book 1 and finishes with Book 5. 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

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Story – 5/5

I am really glad I gave this series a go. Although it is very different to anything else I have come across in the Sci-fi/Fantasy genre, it has quickly become a favourite of mine. It is clever, witty, fast paced and full of action. The originality keeps things fresh and intriguing, making you want to learn more about such a complex world/universe, of which these first 2 books have only touched on the surface.

The new characters are strongly established in a short amount of time, while Corwin and his brothers were expanded upon nicely. I thought the overall characterisation was done better in this book than the first. There is a bit of romance, which although could have been better if developed over more time, was enjoyable enough.


Performance – 4.5/5

Alessandro Juliani did a fantastic job again; consistent with the first audiobook. One of the reasons for the short length of the audiobook is because he reads it so fast. I thought it helped to sweep me along with the fast paced story quite nicely.

His voice acting was very good – each character having a distinct voice, and he suited Corwin’s narration very nicely; matching the humour and matter-of-fact personality perfectly.


Overall – 5/5
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- Christopher

Book Details

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