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Summary

When Michael Moorcock began chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, last king of decadent Melniboné, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he set out to create a new kind of fantasy adventure, one that broke with tradition and reflected a more up-to-date sophistication of theme and style. The result was a bold and unique hero - weak in body, subtle in mind, dependent on drugs for the vitality to sustain himself - with great crimes behind him and a greater destiny ahead: a rock-and-roll antihero who would channel all the violent excesses of the '60s into one enduring archetype.

Now, presented in the author's preferred story order, the classic Elric saga.

©2021 Michael Moorcock and Neil Gaiman (P)2021 Recorded Books

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outstanding !! Arioch is finally summoned.

at last the wait is indeed over. didn't want it to end . brilliantly executed. best audio book to date.
summon Hawkmoon, summon corum, for we know the time is short...
....choose your masque..the day is dawning...the battle between law and chaos has begun....indeed the ending already has begun. let the eternal champions rise together as one! what a gift that would be..
perfect timing. please don't keep us waiting too long champion's! the sleepers must awaken..the clock is ticking!!

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  • SD
  • 27-03-22

Lose the prologue

I thought the stories themselves were ok and as I remembered. But honestly, I nearly switched off after the Prologue. Just inappropriate in my opinion

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  • 03-03-22

Excellent - But Not the entire Elric saga

This is an excellent production of a fascinating story by a great author. Very little to fault.

Except - I really thought that this was going to be the full Elric saga. Instead it is the first roughly half of the Elric stories. I must admit to being disappointed that this was not clear in the title details, which imply it is complete.

But I am grateful that these important Moorcock stories are getting a reading. Looking forward to more.

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A genre defining classic

Michael Moorcock has inspired so much with Elric of Melniboné and his other Eternal Champion figures. Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer would not be the same without it.

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Finally Elric and Moorcock are on audible!

Well narrated. Full stars for all. This series deserves a lot more exposure and hopefully this is only the start. A must for fans of GRR Martin (who was inspired by Elric) and LOTR.

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A classic of Sword and Sorcery

It's easy to see why Moorcock has such a high reputation within the Sword and Sorcery genre. The world and the stories that take place in it are compelling, surprising and memorable. It never feels hackneyed or derivative.

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Outstanding listen

This is one of the best books on audio, loved every minute. We are now hanging on for The Sword and the Rune Staff.

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As Good as I remembered

It must be half a century since I first read Elric of Melnibone. It made lasting impression that has survived my revisiting it. It is still a great book, a classic. Samuel Roukin's performance vividly brought the characters and events alive without displacing my remembered images. If anything I love this even more than the first time I read it. It is a must read for any lover of fantasy literature. It is the source of many of the staple archetypes of the genre.

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Great to have these in an audio format

First of a new omnibus series of the Elric stories. Great reading, my only criticism is the use of regional accents in places that don't fit some of the characters.

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Found it challenging

Nearly forty years ago a friend read the Elric stories and tried to get get me into them but they sounded too exotic and out there for my taste. So when this came onto audible I thought I give it a go and I have to agree with 15 year old me. I found the stories a bombardment of ideas but with very little fleshed out before being hit by the next one almost like a child telling you a story. I know the Elric tales are much loved and many of Michael Moorcock’s ideas have been plundered by the Movie industry and other platforms but they just aren’t for my plane of existence.

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  • Paul Black
  • 15-02-22

First reviewer ignorant there's a forward. Ignore.

With this fantastic narration the brilliant writings of Moorcock come to life. Ignore the first review, reader couldn't be bothered to listen carefully enough to hear that the first chapter is a short story forward by Neil Gaiman.

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  • Dale Kersting
  • 15-02-22

Sweet nostalgia at last!

Absolutely loved the Elric series when I was young. Couldn’t wait for the audiobook to finally land. First chapter is Neil Gaiman reading his graphic novel, “One Life: Furnished in Michael Moorcock” as an intro. From there it jumps right into Elric in the throne room and we’re off! So far the narrator is on point and very listenable. Got my coffee, my headphones and Elric - life is good!

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  • Ted C.
  • 17-02-22

Skip the first chapter, it's not Moorcock.

Michael Moorcock's writing is some of the finest in the English language. The Elric novels are 23 1/2 hours of this book, and are some of the best fictions I have ever read. They contain lush descriptions, perfect pacing, deep moral dilemmas and stunning allegory. It is unthinkable and unforgivable then that Audible and Recorded Books chose to open this set with a half-hour fan fiction which amounts to child pornography and has only one or two references to Moorcock and the character Elric. Many people will probably purchase this, think the awful essay at the beginning is part of the compendium and decide not to listen, to their own loss and to the loss of Audible and Recorded books. This child-sexualization essay needs to be removed immediately, it has nothing to do with Moorcock's writings or characters. It would be one thing if the introduction was a biopic of Moorcock or a literary study of the Elric novels. It is not. It has no place in this compendium.

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  • Leif
  • 15-02-22

The Eternal Champion once again!

Always loved Elric ever since finding him as a young teen back in the early 80’s. He’s not your typical hero, and that always appealed to me as I wasn’t your typical teen in some ways.

The narrator does well and is enjoyable to listen to, and the story is absolutely a classic. Great for those long hauls when I don’t feel like another podcast episode, buddies are all sleeping, and I don’t feel like learning something and just want to relax, drive, and listen!

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  • I Kisala
  • 28-02-22

Upfront : i believe the Forward should be removed

I came for Eric, I came for stormbringer, I came for the books. I do not come for some werid forward by Gaiman, which is off putting in more ways than one due to focusing on a young boy and repeatedly bringing up his and his male classmates masturbation habits. If you get this skip it, if you don't please let your displeasure of that section be well known. The stories are well done though the author trips up a few times and his voices aren't varied enough at times to keep me fully enthralled, it is sufficient.

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  • Jack8163
  • 29-03-22

Disappointing and Inappropriate

I have been a huge fan of Michael Moorcock's work since I first read, 'Elric of Melnibone' as a teenager back around 1980. I also--generally--really enjoy Neil Gaiman's writing. When I saw this audio version of the Elric books was being made, I pre-ordered it months before its actual release. Unfortunately, there are many serious problems with this particular adaptation.

First, I found the introduction to be highly-offensive. It's a piece by Gaiman about a British teenage boy who takes refuge in Moorcock's fantastical worlds in order to escape the trials of adolescence. So far, so good, right? The problem is, the piece also contains all sorts of rather disgusting homoeroticism and, in the end, almost seems to be an apology for homosexual pedophilia. It had me asking, "What the hell is this, and why is it part of this audiobook?"

Secondly, the narration is often terrible at many points. Samuel Roukin is British, and his rendition of Elric is appropriate. In general, the narration is fine. However, the voices he chooses to adopt for many of the characters seem off and are incorrect for those characters--as if he never bothered to even study the personalities of each character before acting them out. He also 'drifts' from one voice to another for several of the characters, so he is not even consistent. Last, and for me, the worst, he slips up and calls Elric "Eric" about 50 times throughout the narration. Once or twice might be forgivable, but when a narrator does this so many times, it tells me all he is trying to do is collect a paycheck.

The bottom line is that this is a very poor rendition of a fantasy masterpiece.

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  • Victor A Stephens
  • 16-02-22

Timeless

I have waited so long for this to arrive. Moorcock and his heir Gaiman are exquisite perfection.

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  • James
  • 16-02-22

A new Audiobook for classic stories

The tone of these stories is gloomy and melancholy but they have a beauty to it that is captivating once you put yourself in the proper mindset. The narration style (I believe) is called third person objective where characters are mentioned by name and the reader is unable to get into the characters heads and hear their thoughts and feelings. I have not encountered this style very often but I liked it after awhile.

The foreword written by Neil Gaiman was (in my opinion) filled with disgusting and disturbing anecdotes and I would recommend skipping and just starting in chapter 2.

The narrated was fantastic. Was familiar with him from the Sun Eater books and thought he did a excellent job there as well. His regal voice was perfect for Elric.

Looking forward to the two other collections that will hopefully be coming out later this year.

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  • nicholas
  • 21-02-22

The ORIGINAL Witcher

1. The narration is fine. Samuel Roukin does a good job overall. Only issue is that some of his voices for characters are a bit indistinct and his flow into the parts of poetry here and there are super smooth and a bit confusing. But the guy has a voice like butter so these little nitpicks are easily forgiven.

2 WTF AUDIBLE?! NONE OF CHAPTERS ARE PROPERLY LABELED! Jumping from this story to that story is nearly impossible to do easily. Hopefully they update and correct the chapter listings to ACTUAL NAMES!

3. This is what the Witcher books stole from so if you liked those, you’ll love these. Better writing here that’s fast and better paced and no drawn out.

Hoping they keep Roukin and do the entire saga not just the core books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-22

Dark and Tragic Fantasy At Its Best!

I love these stories of Elric; multi-layered, morally conflicted, complex, the quintessential doomed champion of a doomed world.

Michael Moorcock's literary prose is as good as I remember and doesn't feel dated like some of my other favorite authors from the 70's and 80's. The narration was very well done. Neil Gaiman's short story at the beginning felt a little out of place, as his style of writing doesn't blend well with the original books, but its a very minor complaint. An introduction and/or context might have been helpful, or perhaps placing the short story at the end of the audio book, not the beginning. But, again, not a big deal at all.

Highly recommended!

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