I had heard about the Amber novels by Roger Zelazny, but I had not read them before Audible produced them last month. I must say, I’m hooked on Amber.
These novels are a fantastic mix of fantasy, science fiction, intrigue, magic, and adventure. Remember: all roads lead to Amber.
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Audible produced the entire 10 novel series and made them available on their store and released them all on July, 31. I discovered them when I got my two credits renewed from my platinum subscription plan the following month.
I started at the beginning, following Corwin on his adventure through shadows to regain his rightful place in Amber. I found myself drawn in right away. By the way, these are some of the best narrated novels.
Narrated by Alessandro Juliani, these books are simply brought to life. He does different voices for the different characters, adopting a snooty, feminine voice for the snobish sister and then transitioning to a nasally, whiny voice for the weasely character, Random. These books take on a quality that feel more like acting than simply reading. Just check out the sample of the narration on the Audible site. (Use the sign up links below for the free book offer) It’s simply awesome!
I finished the first book, Nine Princes in Amber, in fairly short order and continued on. In a little over a month, I found myself almost halfway through the 10 book series. So far, this is one of my favorite series on Audible. The books are a fun read and they are excellently narrated. Whether you are new to Amber or an old fan of the series, I highly recommend getting these books from Audible.
All roads lead to Amber… Including Audible!
If you are new to Audible, this is an awesome service and you can pick up the first book in the Amber series, The Nine Princes of Amber for free!
How is this possible? Well, Audible gives you a free audiobook when you sign up for a free trial. So, here’s how it works. Anyone can sign up for a free trial of Audible. Included in the free trial, Audible allows you to download a free audiobook. You can pick from 100,000 titles. While you could select another free audiobook to download, one of your choices is the official biography of Steve Jobs. This book is easily the must read of the year.
Just download that book and you can listen to it on any device that can play an mp3 including your iPhone, iPod, iPad or other mp3 player.
Audible does request a credit card number in order to sign up for the free trial, however they don’t charge anything on your card. It”s 100% free to try. After you’ve downloaded the audiobook, you can cancel your free trial at any time. That means that they will never charge your credit card and Voila!
Now, I am a subscriber and highly recommend staying on after the free trial period, but it’s entirely optional. Personally, I upgraded to the second tier platinum subscription plan which gives me 2 credits a month. Even now, I’m still tempted to upgrade further to get more books each month!
Here are a few features of Audible that enticed me to continue on as a subscriber:
- Members save 30% on additional purchases
- Free previews, chapters and excerpts
- Free digital subscription to the New York Times or Wall Street Journal
- Member-only special sales and promotions
- Now Over 100,000 titles to choose from
- Compatible with iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry and over 500 mp3 devices
As a commuter, I have lots of time when I’m driving to listen to a book or the daily paper. Audible really helps me fill my thirst for a good book. I love their service and really recommend checking them out.
At the very least, it’s worth checking out the no risk free trial and getting your free book. It’s yours to keep no matter what you decide.