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The Courts of Chaos Audiobook

The Courts of Chaos: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 5

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The Courts of Chaos is the fifth book of 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.

In book five, 2012 Audie Award nominee Alessandro Juliani completes his reading of the Corwin Cycle, expertly narrating the first five novels of the series and bringing the world of Amber to life.

As the first cycle is brought to a close, Corwin finds his world dissolving around him when his father Oberon, disguised as Corwin's friend, steals the Jewel of Judgment so that he may defeat the evil Brand.

©1978 Roger Zelazny (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Katherine
    St. Johns, FL, United States
    29/10/12
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    "Corwin's psychedelic hellride"

    Originally posted at FanLit.

    The Courts of Chaos is the very short last installment of the CORWIN CYCLE of THE CHRONICLES OF AMBER and the fifth volume of the entire series. If you haven’t read the previous books, you’ve got no business here — go away. I don’t want to ruin it for you. Go read the first book, Nine Princes in Amber, and continue on from there.

    OK. So Oberon is back and we learn that he’s been manipulating events all along. Now he’s on the throne, which is fine with Corwin because after Eric’s death he’s decided he doesn’t want to sit there anyway. Corwin’s concern is with repairing the pattern that Brand destroyed when he let the forces of Chaos into Amber. To heal the land, someone must sacrifice himself and Corwin is willing, but Oberon insists on making the decisions. He wants Corwin to take the Jewel of Judgment through Shadow so it will be ready to help them during the battle with Chaos. Meanwhile, Oberon intends to fix the pattern himself.

    Corwin’s psychedelic hellride through Shadow is long and sometimes tedious as Corwin vividly describes the surreal landscape, reminisces about the past, and becomes introspective as he ponders how he, and his relationship with his family members, has changed. After the constant plot twists in the last few books, some readers may be glad for the leisurely pace, but I eventually became bored with metallic trees and zebra-stripe skies. Short but welcome action segments occur when Corwin encounters murderous leprechauns, a gallant knight, a seductive woman, a talking tree, a philosophical raven, and a treacherous jackal. When he finally reaches the Courts of Chaos, the last battle with a nebulous enemy ensues. Compared to all that’s gone on before, these final scenes are a bit anticlimactic and even start to feel like a bad soap opera when the unicorn shows up to crown the next ruler and a sibling who’s supposed to be dead reappears.

    I didn’t enjoy The Courts of Chaos as much as I enjoyed the earlier AMBER novels, mainly because of the long surreal hellride, but it’s a short book that concludes Corwin’s story, so it’s kind of a must-read for anyone who’s read this far in this immensely popular old SFF series. As with previous AMBER novels, Roger Zelazny throws several literary and mythological allusions into this installment. The next five AMBER books make up the MERLIN CYCLE which is narrated by Corwin’s son Merlin. I read them many years ago and only recall that they weren’t as good as the CORWIN CYCLE. I’m not sure if I’ll read them again, though I probably will if I see them on sale at Audible. These have been very nice productions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Troy
    SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States
    27/11/16
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    "The Satisfying Conclusion"

    Don't start here! Go back and read the first book, Nine Princes in Amber. This is not the kind of series you can start in the middle. All the books are short reads though! So they go down like delicious, addictive popcorn. I still don't like the narrator for these. (See my review of Nine Princes.)

    The balance of Chaos and Order (Amber) is at risk as Oberon attempts to repair the pattern and Corwin rides to the Courts of Chaos to aid in the final battle. Along the way, though he is caught up in a reality storm. What will he do to keep Chaos from refashioning all of the shadow realms and reality itself?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nicholas cochran
    26/09/16
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    "loved it very very much"

    I am deeply entangled by the narrator's voice. the author is terrific that capturing Vivid Seats Exquisite words is catching myself as I was actually in the book myself I am I'm sad and I have not read this book before as to why I am very engrossed with it now

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J William Tetlow
    Tallahassee, FL USA
    2/05/16
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    "The best of the first five"

    Kinda reminds me of someone I once knew. I love the whole series and wish someone had the wherewithal to make movies based upon them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyrum
    Orem, UT, United States
    24/07/15
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    "one of my all-time favorites"

    An all time science fiction classic. Narrator is very good.
    Last book in his first Amber series, it ties everything together and even provides a few surprises

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cweth
    Chase, BC, Canada
    5/11/12
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    "It has me loading the books one after another"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Courts of Chaos to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition probably has a more timeless quality to a text that often dates itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    in a first person voice, it's hard to consider other characters for the pole position, but I guess I'm a fan of the absent father.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    to be honest, I don't know which book this review is about. I have been listening to them all marathon style, and it blends together.


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  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    10/06/15
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    "I loved it!"


    Story – 5/5

    A great ending to the Corwin cycle of books. A very imaginative, complex and absorbing world was created here, and is not like anything I have come across before. This book is action packed, fast paced and full of brilliant conclusions to the overall story arc of saving Amber.

    It was enough of an ending for me not to rush into the latter 5 books in the series (which are based on Corwin’s son; Merlin), but I will definitely be returning to complete the series very soon.

    The stories may seem very short, and therefore not worth the credits, but I personally found them worth it. You will probably make your own decision on it, but if you are on the fence like I was, give the first one a try – you can always return it if you didn’t feel it was worth it.


    Performance – 5/5

    These are an extremely well narrated series of books, and you can tell a lot of effort has gone into it to create the best experience for the listener. The first person voice suited Corwin’s character perfectly and the other characters all had distinctive and suitably acted voices too. Alessandro’s fast reading style added to the pace and excitement of the story very nicely.


    Overall – 5/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eileen
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    14/05/13
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    "FANTASTIC FANTASY"

    I can only reiterate my review of Nine Princes in Amber. This is part of a quintology and, I feel, needs to be read or heard as one book as the story arc starts with Book 1 and finishes with Book 5. 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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