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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5-stars because I'm happy that this series is finally available. I had imagined Corwin's narration as being a snide variant of a Film Noir 1st person protagonist [ a la Philip Marlowe] but I'll take it without much complaint.
That said, the vocal interpretation of Random as a psychedelic Gilbert Gottfried meets Gollum is pushing things.
Great series, poor incarnation
The books are amazing, zelazny's attention to enough detail but not too much, and his ability to define thought processes is incredible. The original audiobooks were read by Zelazny himself and were much better than this.
I've listened to zelazny's readings of the while series over 10 times (unabridged) and these abridged versions just don't come close to the gruff tones that Zelazny embodies from his own writings. If you've never read these books, then do - that is, listen/read whatever you can get your hands on. The first 5 books are the best of the series, but my personal suggestion is that you find a copy of Sunset Prosuctions original recordings o Zelazny reading his own works.
Nine Princes in Amber
Great story, but with 10 books in the entire dual-series (Corwin's Chronicles followed by Merlin's Chronicles), the price is wayyyyy too high! I would like to see the series bundled, for a more reasonable price. Maybe $30.00 for each of the 5-book series, or the whole 10 books for $50.00?