Elric of Melniboné: Volume 1: Elric of Melnibone, The Fortress of the Pearl, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, and The Weird of the White Wolf Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
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|Listening Length||24 hours and 12 minutes|
|Author||Michael Moorcock, Neil Gaiman|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||February 15, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,551 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Audible Books & Originals)
#10 in Fantasy Anthologies
#77 in Horror Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2022
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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 9, 2022
I love ebooks. I have already read more than 155 books in 2022. While I was recovering from Covid-19 I couldn’t run my normal errands so I devoured books.
The paper in the book is surprisingly thin and fragile. The illustrations are absolutely rad as hell and tend to get interested questions from people who see the cover.
Elric is a unique character. His body is corrupt but his soul is almost cloyingly pure. There is enough tension there to propel things forward, at a trot if not rocket speed. A modern writer might make Elric more complicated, he might get high off the drugs or the demon energies he consumes, but Moorcock doesn't do that with him. He's too British to enjoy being bad!
It gives this a sort of innocent charm, which is often disarming.
Get the book if you're on the fence.
This is a DM's playground, ripe with gorgeous settings and interesting characters. It's the epitome of sword and sorcery, so there are a lot of warrior types and a lot of battles. This volume is broken into three separate books; the first interested me the most as it laid out Melnibone and Elric's backstory as Emperor.
Once he decided to travel, I admit I lost some interest. While the settings are layered and interesting, I did get bored with the constant battle scenes. I can't complain because this is what this genre is about, but I think I've satisfied my interest there.
The Elric books that are contained within volume 1 are: “Elric of Melniboné, The Fortress of the Pearl, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, and The Weird of the White Wolf. There is a short story by Neil Gaiman instead of a traditional forward, and the end of the book covers the various releases of the original material. The only thing that was somewhat disappointing was the lack of artwork described in the hardcover edition. All-in-all packed full of Elric.
The albinos entry into the digital book world is put together flawlessly and was indeed worth the wait. For those of you who don’t know Elric of Melniboné, now is the time to check him and his dark blade Stormbringer out!
Elric is a psychedelic swordsman, traveling to different planes and dimensions beyond time and space while under the influence of various drugs and/or the dark powers of Stormbringer. Readers should be prepared for trippy character names like “Oone” and places with far out names like “R’lin K’ren A’a”. Personally, I found the names a little too tiresome to mentally pronounce again and again. (I’ve learned Elric’s doomed kingdom is pronounced Mel-NIB-o-nay, not Mel-knee-bone, like I thought back in junior high).
This collection of Elric tales is presented in chronological order of the character’s life, not the order in which Moorcock wrote them. It made the reading a little jarring, as the earlier stories in the collection are from a more comfortable and mature author than the last, and Elric is a more nuanced character at the beginning than the reckless fighter he is at the end.
Ultimately, I may not be the target audience for these types of stories. I like fantasy, but too many made-up words and too much angst doesn’t really engage me. I may check out the next volume when it is released, just because Elric is such an iconic character, but I hope there is more to it than what was presented here.