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I have heard this book read by Roger Zelazny himself. Whereas he wrote an excellent story in this series, he himself is NOT a great dramatic actor. The reading by Allessandro Juliani really added to the series- When Zelazny himself read this book, I didn't notice any differences between characters when he read. Juliani's reading is superior and adds a lot of enjoyment to the series. I am not sorry I got this book again even after having heard the author's version of it. I am looking forward to seeing how the entire series feels now with Juliani's reading.
If you are like me and are looking for great new series, you might like this one. Fair warning: from what I recall, the series' quality did degrade towards the end, but the beginning parts was excellent; it climaxed, then left some questions unanswered. Through it all, though, it provides an enjoyable experience.
Everything isn't for everyone. This series has been around for a while so I'm sure a lot of people have opinions about it. Before you commit to it, please find out what other reviewers think. If there's a series you've enjoyed, please share it. Thank you.
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Gave this series a try and was very surprised at the excellent narration and story line. I like the mix of the modern age with the Avalon mythology. For a book that was written in the 70's the story still seems current and not antiquated. I would like to finish the whole series but do not like that these short 5 hour books are sold separately instead of being grouped together. It will definitely be expensive to get to the end and I'm sure Audible is counting on that. Great book, lame deal!
164 of 181 people found this review helpful
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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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The book takes you on a journey with the protagonist. You join him on an adventure that transcends day to day life and as you earn with him of a wider world and a wider reality.
On first listen I couldn't tear myself away, akin to the best books I have read. Although this is just the first in a series, I was captured by the story and concepts and had to see where I was being taken.
The performance by Juliani is also superb, adding to the characters of the story.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It is a decent book, the narrator does a decent job could do more diversity in the voices.