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Summary

The ancient races, the Vadhagh and the Nhadragh, are dying. By creating Mankind, the universe has condemned Earth to a pestilence of destruction and fear. 

Prince Corum is the last remaining Vadhagh. He sets out on a crusade of vengeance against the forces that slaughtered his family and his race, to challenge the unjust power of the puppet masters of Man: the Lords of Chaos. Along the way he will barter with his soul for the limbs of gods to repair his mutilated body and will encounter a member of the very race who caused the mutilation, the irresistible Rhalina....

Performed by Nanette Savard, Chris Genebach, Tracy Olivera, Nick DePinto, Evan Casey, Todd Scofield, Scott McCormick, Andy Clemence, Thomas Keegan, Ken Jackson, Bob Payne, Eva Wilhelm, Matthew Keenan, Richard Rohan, Patrick Bussink, Terence Aselford.

©1971 Michael and Linda Moorcock (P)2016 Graphic Audio, LLC

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Read the book instead.

I'd rather listen to paint dry.

No sooner had I started listening than I gave up. I will be returning asap...once my purchase has been cleared. Pronunciation and accents have totally ruined the idea of listening to any more Michael Moorcock books.

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A good starting place for the Moorcock Multiverse

Thoroughly enjoyed this read/listen. The story itself unfolds at a pretty quick pace and gets into the action before you know it. Nanette did a fantastic job as the main narrator, while I also enjoyed Chris Genebach as Corum. As someone who has recently started reading Elric of Melniboné stories, I felt like this was a great contrast to Elric's character.

Much like Elric, Corum is the last of his race, blessed with powers from gods old and new. But unlike Elric, Corum laments the death of his race, who were goodly, learned folk. If you like the idea of a bit more of a sympathetic protagonist in the Moorcock-verse, I recommend checking this out!

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not Moorcock's best nor well executed

The narrator speaks as if trying to pass an elocution lesson which is very wearing to begin with. the actors are better. but this isn't Moorcock's best book. probably need to be a Moorcock fan before you start.

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Now make the film

Took a while to get used to the accents and somewhat dated sounding narration, but go with it, and listen to one of the greatest, epic stories to not, as yet hit the big screen. Great sound effects and interesting use of reverb for thought narrative.

Close your eyes, and enjoy a rich fantasy performance.

I would love to see someone make the film.

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Not enough gravity. Actually awful.

I read the series of books 40 years ago.
It's a great story but the narrator should have had a much deeper and stronger voice. It's blood, battles, sword and sorcery not Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy.

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Excellent story

Takes a bit of getting used to, and excellent when you do. Anyone familiar with the tales of the Eternal Champion will recognise Corum, his refined esthetic and doom laden journey.

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A good intro

A good introduction to the saga.
Looking to the next stage & all that it entails

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fabulous 👍

read all of Moorcocks works when I was much much younger... so very nice to now hear them 🙂😊🙂

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  • 15-05-21

Not as good as the unabridged

Still a great story and well acted (with a few awkward choices. I highly recommend it since none of Moorecock's novels are on here unabridged and this is a decent replacement

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  • Randy
  • 10-12-21

Great adaptation....feels great to 'hear it'

Like many, I read most of Moorcock's books years ago (I can't wait for Elric's books to be available). I loved the Corum books, and really like this adaptation. It is more like a true audio production - than someone just reading it. In a way, I like the standard this sets - and really appreciate the overall feel of the way this book is presented.

The book was great.
This production - is a great way to re-"read" "hear" it! :)

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  • Chris
  • 19-08-21

I finally understand + Excellent performances!

I was always sci-fi not fantasy. By the time I finally read Tolkien through and through and now hungry for more fantasy in audio form. Moorcock I had always passed the title by. Recently after hearing of authors and directors inspired by Moorcock and hailed him as the progenitor of modern gothic fantasy (is that a genre or did I make it up after listening to chapter 5?!) I was intrigued. Now I understand. His imagery is amazing and the entire production here truly brings the images to life. I found myself acting out the description as it played. Flaying in the hands of giant disgusting beast of a god that is as horrifying as Smaug. What a joy the book was in this format. I look forward to hearing more producers. Excellent radio theater for great master I am excited to explore more of. Next please!! As I reach out my inhuman left hand....

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  • Daniel
  • 09-08-21

Superb performance as always.

nobody makes an audio drama like Graphic Audio, the voice acting was amazing and really brought the story to life in a way it wouldn't have from just a normal reading. The story itself was good and you won't be disappointed if you have enjoyed anything in the past Moorcock.

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  • et
  • 25-07-22

Exciting fun.

Well done to everyone involved in this production.
Read the books alot, and hearing a dramatic audio production is like one cool surprise after another. ( in the good way). 5 stars

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  • Steven Gura
  • 17-07-21

Wish we had the unabridged version

I read all the Eternal Champion books many years ago. I wanted to revisit them on Audible. This story was fine but I miss the full stories.