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Nine Princes in Amber Audio CD – Abridged, Jun 2003


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Americana Pub Inc; Abridged edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588072533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588072535
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 218 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,358,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Audie-Award-winning first episode of the Amber Series guides us seductively from our world to the one "real world" of Amber through the eyes of Corwin, one of the nine princes mentioned in the title. Roger Zelazny plays Corwin like Bogart's Thin Man in a Mervyn Peake fantasy. The details of our memory-challenged narrator's life sprinkle slowly into view as Corwin bluffs his way back into his embattled, fiercely competitive family and Amber. Raging battles and a chess game of deceit and conquest within the clan, all accompanied by paranormal powers and fierce pride, flesh out the story. Fine use of music and sound effects, and Zelazny comports himself well. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 5 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don't you just hate it when you wake up from a coma and discover that your scheming, murderous siblings are trying to bump you off? That's the problem Corwin has at the start of Robert Zelazny's "Nine Princes in Amber," the tightly-written opener of his ten book Amber series. It's a lean, noir-influenced fantasy tale, and its main problem is that it unexpectedly stops.

A man wakes up in a hospital and strong-arms his way out -- he doesn't know who he is or where he came from. But then he finds a woman, Flora, who says she's his sister, and the reluctant amnesiac starts to piece together his past -- his name is Corwin, he has several siblings (most of whom he has a not-so-pleasant relationship with). And the word "Amber" -- it brings something to mind, but he can't quite remember what.

Corwin gets a bit of help from his brother Random, after he saves Random from a bunch of Shadow creatures. Their cruel elder brother Eric is crowning himself king of Amber after the disappearance of their father, but all the siblings are catfighting for the throne and the power of the one true world of Amber. Corwin and a few of his allied brothers band together with their armies and navies, determined to stop Eric -- but with disastrous results.

The Amber series is more like two long novels than ten short ones, and the big blinking "To Be Continued" at the end of "Nine Princes in Amber" is proof enough of that. It doesn't finish the story, but just stops. Even though that's frustrating, it stops in a fairly satisfying place -- there's no cliffhanger, just the question of what Corwin will do next in his quest against his treacherous brother and his other siblings. And how, of course.

Zelazny is known for having spare, snappy writing. And he's in peak form in "Nine Princes.
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By FMG on Sept. 30 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brilliant, elegant, and original novel from one of the fantasy and scifi's best writers. First in a series that became a cult classic, even spawning role playing games.

If you are coming to this series for the first time, I highly recommend both this and the second in the series, Guns of Avalon. The rest you could take or leave.

Zelazny never wrote a boring or unoriginal book, and even at his worst his writing combines the beauty of poetry with the suspence of a thriller. But I found my appreciation of the series dropping off as the backstory got more and more convoluted and, in order to top each time what came before, the stakes raised higher and higher from an individual's fight for his inheritance to that stalwart of the fantasy genre, saving the universe's very existance from the forces of darkness (in this case, Chaos). I got the distinct impression that Zelazny had become a hostage of the popularity of the series, and in spinning out the story changed his own mind several times about the plot, resulting in inconsistencies from the earlier to the later books.

If reading time is limited, my best recommendation is to get the first two in this series, then move on to some of Zelazny's other great books like Jack of Shadows (fantasy) and Doorways in the Sand (sci fi).
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Format: Hardcover
Beginning as some other Zelazny books, the main character comes to and realizes all is not well (in a similar manner does Coils begin). He has amnesia and is drugged and stuck in some strange place. Effecting a quick escape, he tracks down a familiar name and encounters a few memory-jogging relatives. From there begins quite an odyssey, the five book series known as the First Chronicle of Amber. These five books tell a grand story of the grand conflict within an ancient kingdom ruled by demi-godlike individuals.
Corwin, the narrator and protagonist, is one of these ruling individuals. He is one of the Nine Princes in the book's title, and he is a leading contender for the succession. His brother Eric, however, has his own designs. Corwin works to recover his memory and is embroiled in a conflict for the throne of Amber. There are many mystical aspects to the realm of Amber and the royal family. And considering how darn many there are, he does a great job of personifying them all.
Told in the first person, Zelazny of old did a wonderful writing job in this novel. Excellent exposition, great fight scenes, good atmosphere, wonderful descriptions. Easily among the top notch of his novels. The ending is not as grim as the action right after the climax, which is a good respite. Suffice to say that Zelazny does not always leave the heroes to be the grand saviors with all enemies falling before them.
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By R. Wallace on Oct. 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
A man wakes up in a hospital bed not knowing who he is. That's how it starts, and then the reader is off on a truly imaginative
adventure involving sword fights, battling armies, monsters, the real Earth and possibly an infinite number of false ones, the real King and a pretender, a city under the sea...and it just goes on and on and on. A nifty little novel, even though it's over 30 years old (which is why, before the days of PC, everyone smokes on nearly every page). Even though it's not up to the level of Zelazny's classis _Lord of Light,_ this is still an engrossing book, which nearly everyone will enjoy.
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