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Nine Princes In Amber Audio CD – September 21, 2009
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It is always interesting to hear an author read his (or her) work. You get to hear the story as the author truly meant it, at the rhythms and speed originally intended, even if the author is not a professional "narrator." Roger has a somewhat raspy voice. For me, it is worth the price just to "put a voice" to one of my favorite authors, reading one of my favorite works.
This tale is in the "fantasy" genre. If you are unfamiliar with this book, it is the start of what eventually became 10 novels and a handful of short stories. The "Amber" novels are probably Zelazny's most famous and popular works -- and that is saying something, given his productivity and penchant for garnering awards and nominations.
This book - and the next four novels - follow the adventures of a character who wakes up in a hospital bed, realizing he's been over-drugged for no good reason, and discovering he has no clear recollection of how he got there..... The hero is off on a wild adventure told in the unique Zelazny fashion: a cynical, wisecracking, and flawed hero; intrigues and plot twists; vivid imagination; and lively, engrossing tale-telling. (Note: at this writing, Amazon has an incorrect "Editorial Review" for this book - what is written in that review pertains to the seventh Amber novel, _Blood of Amber_.) I don't want to provide any more spoilers, but if you have to know more, you can do a web search for Zelazny + Amber, and you'll find plenty of fan sites.
But this production is certainly the only one I'm aware of that provides the Amber novels in Zelazny's own voice. And Speaking Volumes has produced all 10 novels in the series, read by Zelazny. For true fans of Zelazny, I think this is a "must have."
This is a wonderful fantasy where we may just be figments of the main character's imagination as he regains his memory and learns to use his powers.
The only serious drawback is that this is the first in a 5 book series, and the series has a sequel (of sorts) - if you like this story, you will want to buy the others.