Summary

The Hand of Oberon is the fourth 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.
Returning to Shadow Earth to investigate a threat against his life, Corwin discovers that the Jewel of Judgment has been stolen by his traitorous brother, Brand, who plans to use the enigmatic gem to reshape the universe.
©1976 Roger Zelazny (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ross Hughes on 08-06-18

Best one yet

The story really gets going in this book. Everyone is slightly less selfish, the storyline is still winding and unfolding, looking back to years in the past, but everyone is almost on the same side here, fighting for amber - as they should be!

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4 out of 5 stars
By P. Storer on 12-08-17

Machine Gun Fast

This is the 4th I've listened to from this series - I read them when they were first released and I have recently discovered the whole set in one paperback hidden away on a bookshelf.

Adored them when I read them but listening to them much much older I find them very staccato very short sentences fast paced and occasionally odd chapter breaks. I'm not sure if it's the narrator or the books. Maybe I need to read them again myself.

Will of course listen to the next but maybe I need a break

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rob T. on 08-09-15

Good story, too expensive

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The Amber Chronicles are fast-moving and much of the character development happens through what characters do and say, not with interior monologs. This makes it fast-paced and engaging.

After this book I switched over to reading a paper 10-book volume of the whole thing because I just couldn't rationalize continuing to spend so much on each individual section. The paper ten-volume tome was the about same price as a single audio book. Too bad, because I liked the narrator. There should be a bundle discount or something.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 09-08-17

Death is the only limit to the road you travel

To round out my commitment to a friend, I'll read the first five (The Corwin Cycle). I just can't see myself finishing all 10. I'm just not a fantasy guy I guess. I've been waiting for a book in this series to signal to ME what others get. 'The Hand of Oberon', book four, is NOT that signal. I'm doubting any can be heard by me. The dialogue doesn't work for me, the narrative seems forced. It is like dancing with a woman significantly taller (theoretical) or shorter than me. The timing is off. There is no match. And, if I found one, I might set myself on fire.

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8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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